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Yorm Bopha, Cambodian housing rights activist imprisoned

December 08th, 2013
in:Humans
by:Amnesty International
located in:Cambodia
tags:activism, Cambodia

Yorm Bopha is a housing rights activist from Boeung Kak Lake in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. She was imprisoned from September 2012 to November 2013 on fabricated charges as a result of her peaceful activism.

Yorm Bopha, a 30-year old mother of one, was accused of planning an assault on two men. She was convicted despite no evidence against her and inconsistent witness testimonies.

On 22 November 2013, Cambodia’s Supreme Court released Yorm Bopha on bail. The court also ordered that the Appeals Court reconsider her case. However, the charges against her have not been dropped, her release is conditional, and she could still be sent back to jail.

Before Yorm Bopha’s arrest, she had been defending her community’s right to housing at Boeung Kak Lake, where thousand of people have been forcibly evicted. In 2012 she was a leading campaigner for the release of 13 female activists from the area.

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!”

Take Action: Write to the Minister of Justice demanding the release of prisoner of conscience Yorm Bopha

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