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Cambodian Unionist Jailed

The Cambodian government is clamping down on freedom of association and expression in order to silence trade unionists, as workers resist the economic downturn and repression.

Global unions need our support to free Rong Chhun, president of the Cambodian Confederation of Unions (CCU), and Sor Saknika, president of the Cambodian Informal Labourers' Association (CILA).

Rong Chhun was arrested on 31 July for incitement to commit felony for comments he made. He recently led pickets in garment factory closures and urged the government to make human rights improvements.

Sor Saknika joined protests demanding his release, and she was arrested for incitement on 7 August.

Ouk Chayavy, former president of the Cambodian Independent Teachers' Association, was assaulted by unknown thugs on the way home after visiting Rong Chhun in prison on 10 August.

We must tell the Cambodian the government that this not acceptable, and demand freedom for the jailed union leaders.

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