Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Boeung Kak residents request Tep Vanny's release from Phnom Penh jail

Boeung Kak residents request Tep Vanny's release from Phnom Penh jail

Boeung Kak residents submit a petition to Hun Sen's cabinet requesting the release of jailed activist Tep Vanny.
Boeung Kak residents submit a petition to Hun Sen's cabinet requesting the release of jailed activist Tep Vanny. Supplied

Boeung Kak residents request Tep Vanny's release from Phnom Penh jail

A handful of Boeung Kak residents this morning attempted to file a petition to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s cabinet asking for the release of fellow activist Tep Vanny, who has been in prison since August 2016.

Vanny was arrested after performing a “cursing ceremony" at the lake site in 2016, demanding the release of the so-called Adhoc 5 – a group of then-detained rights workers and an election official – but has since seen three other dormant court cases revived against her. In one case, she was handed a two-and-a-half-year sentence for allegedly leading a protest outside the premier’s home in Phnom Penh that turned violent.

The six Boeung Kak residents submitted a petition, signed by seven activists, asking Hun Sen to pardon Vanny. Now that the land dispute at the lake is nearly solved, they said, the jailed activist has little reason to continue her campaign.

They also cited International Women’s Rights Day as an appropriate time to announce an amnesty.

“It shows a very good gesture to pay attention from the leaders in empowering women and celebrate the women’s rights day on March 8,” the petition read.

In response, residents were asked to return with a completed petition, as they had not submitted with it a copy of the Supreme Court order upholding her 30-month sentence last month.

“Their petition is not enough. I told them to return to bring complete documents. They need to bring along the final verdict,” said Kong Chamroeun, a complaints officer at the premier’s cabinet.

Boeung Kak activist Chan Puthisak said the Supreme Court had not released a copy of the final verdict and that they would re-submit the petition once it was released.

MOST VIEWED

  • Angkor Wat named as the top landmark for the second year

    Travel website TripAdvisor has named Cambodia’s ancient wonder Angkor Wat as the top landmark in the world for the second year running in their Travelers’ Choice Award 2018, an achievement Cambodian tourism operators expect will attract more tourists to the Kingdom. The website uses traveller

  • New US bill ‘is a violation of Cambodian independence’

    After a US congressmen introduced bipartisan legislation that will enact sanctions on Cambodian officials responsible for “undermining democracy” in the Kingdom, government officials and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party on Sunday said they regarded the potential action as the “violation of independence and sovereignty

  • Ministry’s plan for net sparks fears

    The government has ordered all domestic and international internet traffic in the Kingdom to pass through a Data Management Centre (DMC) that has been newly created by the state-owned Telecom Cambodia, in a move some have claimed is an attempt to censor government critics. Spokesman

  • Hun Sen detractors ‘will die’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday said those who curse or insult him would eventually die without a plot of land to bury their bodies after being killed by lightning, suffering the same fate as those who recently died in Thmar Baing district in Koh