Yorm Bopha, Cambodian housing rights activist imprisoned
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!”
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