Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Petition urges officials not to jail Mu Sochua

Petition urges officials not to jail Mu Sochua

Petition urges officials not to jail Mu Sochua

A group of civil society representatives and university students has launched a petition urging authorities not to jail opposition leader Mu Sochua, who has refused to pay a fine and compensation fee levied against her after she was convicted of defaming Prime Minister Hun Sen at a press conference last year. The petition, posted online yesterday, states: “Allowing Mu Sochua to be imprisoned will not only take away one of Cambodia’s most important political figures and human rights advocates, but will also symbolically undermine the voice of all Cambodian women.” Signatory Thida Khus, executive director of the NGO Silaka and secretary general of the Committee to Promote Women in Politics, said yesterday that the prosecution of Mu Sochua had implications beyond the individual case. “Such a thing points to a worrying situation for women in politics,” she said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Negotiations on EBA being held

    In an effort to defuse tensions, a senior government official said Cambodia is negotiating with the European Union (EU) on the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade deal, which allows the Kingdom to export goods to the 28-member bloc tariff-free. The EU notified Cambodia on October 5

  • Ministers to tackle sea pollutants

    Preah Sihanouk provincial authorities and members of local communities have collected 77 tonnes of water hyacinth at a Sihanoukville beach, Preah Sihanouk Provincial Hall spokesperson Or Saroeun said. He told The Post yesterday that the aquatic weeds had been floating along some of the province’s

  • Chinese police escort deported scam suspects

    Ninety-one Chinese nationals accused of extorting money from victims in a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) scam were deported from Phnom Penh International Airport on Monday under the escort of 182 Chinese police personnel. General Department of Immigration head of investigations Ouk Hay Seila told reporters

  • Sam Rainsy, government group set to clash at IPU Geneva meet?

    Opposition figure Sam Rainsy has been invited to speak at the General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Geneva, according to a former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) lawmaker. A government delegation is also set to attend the meeting, a National Assembly press release