Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Boeung Kak activists fail to land meeting with rapporteur



Boeung Kak activists fail to land meeting with rapporteur

Boeung Kak lake activists protest outside the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights office in Phnom Penh on Friday. Photo supplied
Boeung Kak lake activists protest outside the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights office in Phnom Penh on Friday. Photo supplied

Boeung Kak activists fail to land meeting with rapporteur

About 50 Boeung Kak lake activists attempted to meet UN envoy Rhona Smith on Friday seeking her intervention in the release of a fellow activist, as well as a quick resolution to their long-standing land dispute.

The activists, who wanted to meet the special rapporteur at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, were only able to meet another staffer at the UN office, according to Boeung Kak resident Bov Sophea.

The group also submitted a petition asking for the release of prominent land activist Tep Vanny, who was convicted last month for her role in a 2011 scuffle with security personnel outside City Hall.

“We could only meet her colleagues. The UN officials said Rhona Smith had followed all the information about Boeung Kak activists and raised the issue in Geneva,” she said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Kingdom's Covid cluster cases jump to 194

    The Ministry of Health on February 25 confirmed 65 new cases of Covid-19, with 58 linked to the February 20 community transmission. The latest cluster cases include nine Vietnamese nationals, five Cambodians, one each from Korea, Singapore and Japan, with the rest being Chinese. This brings the total number

  • Locations shut, dozens more Covid-19 positive

    The Ministry of Health has closed 23 locations in connection with the February 20 community transmission of Covid-19 and summoned for testing anyone who had direct contact with affected people and places. The number of discovered related infections has risen to 76, including 39 women. In a press release,

  • Preah Sihanouk hit with travel ban

    Preah Sihanouk Provincial Administration has announced a temporary travel ban to and from the province, except for ambulances and trucks transporting goods. The announcement came after prime minister Hun Sen called on people in the province to travel only if necessary, and that people not

  • Cambodia's Covid cluster cases rise to 137

    The Ministry of Health on February 24 recorded 40 more cases of Covid-19, with 38 linked to the February 20 community transmission. Of the 40, two are imported cases involving Chinese passengers. The 38 include two Vietnamese nationals and one Cambodian, with the rest being Chinese. This brings the total cases

  • AstraZeneca jabs touch down in Phnom Penh airport

    The first shipment of 324,000 doses of the AstraZeneca/SII vaccine which was provided through the Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) Facility was delivered to Phnom Penh International Airport on March 2. The rest of the COVAX provided vaccines will arrive in Cambodia at a later date.

  • Covid cluster raises alarm, health bodies urge vigilance

    The Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia have expressed great concern over the February 20 cluster transmission of Covid-19 in the community. Both entities appealed for vigilance and cooperation in curbing further spread of the virus. Ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine said