Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Prey lang activists ‘assaulted’ in Kratie

Prey lang activists ‘assaulted’ in Kratie

Prey lang activists ‘assaulted’ in Kratie

Three members of the Prey Lang Community Network (PLCN) were attacked in Kratie province on Thursday by men believed to be involved in illegal logging, PLCN activists said yesterday.

“We were leaving Prey Lang and went to a grocery store around 8:30pm,” said PLCN’s Ya Smak. “After we left the store . . . I was checking my motorbike and I heard someone shouting insults.”

The activists were then assaulted by two men as a woman accompanying the attackers watched, he said. Smak said he recognised the assailants as two men who work as wood processors and are suspected of illegal logging.

According to local activists, members of PLCN are frequently threatened for their work. Ernst Jurgensen, of the NGO Danmission, which works with the PLCN, said he receives frequent reports about such threats and attacks. “Some receive phone calls from people threatening to kill them. Some are threatened by neighbours . . . others are attacked during forest patrols,” he said

Meanwhile, PCLN’s Pi Chey said activists don’t trust the police to assist them.

“We are often attacked,” he said. “But the law does not help.”

MOST VIEWED

  • US think tank warns of China's 'ulterior motives'

    A US think tank on Tuesday warned that spreading Chinese investment in the Indo-Pacific follows a pattern of leveraging geopolitical influence at the expense of the nations receiving investment, including Cambodia. The report looks at a sample of 15 Chinese port development projects, noting that the

  • More than three tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia seized in Mozambique

    A total of 3.5 tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia was seized by authorities in Mozambique late last week, according to the NGO Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). CITES' information was based on a report from the

  • Defence Ministry denies weapons in smuggling case came from Cambodia

    After a Thai national was arrested last week for allegedly smuggling guns from Cambodia to Thailand, Cambodia's Defence Ministry has claimed the weapons seized during the arrest are not used in Cambodia, despite the fact that both types of rifle seized are commonly found in

  • Shipwreck found off coast of Koh Kong

    Royal Cambodian Navy researchers are working to identify a decades-old shipwreck found earlier this month off the coast of Koh Kong province. Divers found the 70-metre-long wreck on April 4 about a mile from Koh Chhlam island, according to Navy officials. Deputy Navy Commander Tea Sokha,