Yorm Bopha is a powerful voice for the rights of the Boeung Kak Lake community in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Thousands of people have been forced to leave their homes since 2007, when the government leased the land to a company for development. Now the Cambodian government has tried to silence Yorm Bopha with baseless, fabricated charges as a result of her peaceful activism defending the rights to housing and freedom of expression.
Yorm Bopha was arrested on September 4, 2012 and charged with planning an assault on two men. She was convicted on December 27 and sentenced to three years' imprisonment, despite the fact that no evidence links her to the crime. Cambodia's Supreme Court released Yorm Bopha on bail on November 22, 2013 and ordered the Appeals Court to reconsider her case. However, the charges against her have not been dropped and she could be sent back to jail.
Amnesty international believes the real reason for Yorm Bopha's imprisonment is her peaceful housing rights activism on behalf of the Boeung Kak Lake community. She is a prisoner of conscience, who was detained for defending the right to housing and freedom of expression.
In Yorm Bopha's own words: "Thank you to Amnesty International's supporters! Your campaign has been successful, as my release shows! But my case is not over yet. Please keep pushing the Cambodian Government to end the case against me. We can achieve the most success when we all work together!"
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Urge him to release Yorm Bopha immediately and unconditionally.
Call on him to publicly condemn and order an end to harassment of and violence against human rights defenders, including unwarranted legal action and imprisonment.
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