Cambodian authorities have arrested a distinguished union chief for allegedly inciting social unrest over border demarcation points with the neighboring Vietnam, the most recent crackdown towards opposition voices within the kingdom.
Rong Chhun, president of the Cambodian Confederation of Unions and a longtime authorities critic, was apprehended Friday evening at his house. He was taken to court docket Saturday to listen to the cost towards him.
If discovered responsible, Chhun face six months to 2 years imprisonment and a high-quality as much as about $1,000.
In July he accused the federal government of “irregularities” at Cambodia’s japanese border, which, in accordance with him, precipitated locals to lose farmland.
Chhun additionally gave an interview final week to U.S. government-funded Radio Free Asia, by which he mentioned the issues of Cambodian farmers about land infringement by neighboring Vietnam.
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s authorities maintains shut relations with Vietnam, a rustic that assist him rise to energy after Hanoi invaded Cambodia to oust the Khmer Rouge regime.
Hun Sen’s opponents accuse him of failing to guard Cambodian land.