sabato 4 agosto 2012

Cambodia – Government critic detained

Government critic Mam Sonando, aged 71, was arrested at his home in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, on 15 July. He has been charged with offences against the state and if convicted faces a long prison sentence. He is a prisoner of conscience.

The day after he was arrested, Mam Sonando was taken to Phnom Penh Municipal Court for questioning. After a few hours he was charged with six offences, including “insurrection” and “inciting people to take up arms against the authorities”. He is held in Phnom Penh’s CC1 Prey Sar Prison, awaiting trial. His lawyer’s request for bail was rejected, and he has lodged a second request.

Mam Sonando owns one of Cambodia’s few independent radio stations, Beehive Radio. He is also the head of a popular non-governmental organization that promotes human rights and democracy, the Association of Democrats.

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Object: Government critic detained

Your Excellency,

I am writing to you as supporter of Amnesty International, the non governmental organization which since 1961 has been working in defense of human rights, wherever they are violated.
I demand you to release Mam Sonando immediately and unconditionally.
I call on you to stop harassing members of the Association of Democrats and others carrying out peaceful activities in support of Mam Sonando.
I demand you to respect, protect and promote the right to freedom of expression in Cambodia.
Thank you for your attention.
(your name)



Salutation: Your Excellency
Prime Minister
Samdech Hun Sen
Office of the Prime Minister
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Fax: + 855 23 360 666

Salutation: Your Excellency
Minister of Interior and Deputy Prime Minister
Sar Kheng
Ministry of Interior
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Fax: + 855 23 426 585

And copies to:

Salutation: Your Excellency
Foreign Minister
Hor Nam Hong
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Fax: + 855 23 216 141

Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country.

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