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Union leader ‘threatened’

The president of an independent union filed a complaint yesterday, alleging he has received multiple death threats related to a garment strike his members have been involved in.

In the complaint filed with Interior Minister Sar Kheng, Ath Thorn, president of the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers’ Democratic Union (C.CAWDU), says an unknown man has called him several times, warning that he and other union officials will be killed.

“After he called me, he called and threatened two colleagues, which caused them to worry about their security,” the complaint reads. “I am very worried about my security and safety.… I want [Sar Kheng] to take action to protect our security, and to investigate to arrest the suspect.”

Reached by phone last night, Thorn said he did not want to speak publicly about the alleged threats, because he is waiting for concrete evidence from police investigators.

Thorn did, however, confirm his receipt of multiple death threats.



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