Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Unionists questioned after ‘illegal protests’

Unionists questioned after ‘illegal protests’

Around 70 workers stand outside the offices of Prime Minister Hun Sen's cabinet in Phnom Penh earlier this week demanding the release of the four jailed unionists. National Police
Around 70 workers stand outside the offices of Prime Minister Hun Sen's cabinet in Phnom Penh earlier this week demanding the release of the four jailed unionists. National Police

Unionists questioned after ‘illegal protests’

Four unionists from the Cosmo Textile garment factory in Kandal province accused of starting an illegal protest were questioned by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday, but their lawyer said the interrogation was not in line with court procedures because he was not informed.

Two of the unionists were first dismissed by the factory for failing to stamp their timecards, a claim denied by the pair. After organising a strike in the factory, they were summonsed to Kandal Provincial Court and arrested along with a fellow unionist. The next day another worker was arrested.

Keo Vanny, a lawyer for the workers, said he had informed the court he was representing the quartet but wasn’t notified of the questioning, nor had he been given a copy of the case file.

“I am supposed to get a copy of the case file. Instead the court clerk just made an excuse that he did not have the file, and that it was with the prosecutor,” he said.

While he hadn’t met his clients after the questioning, he hoped that they did not provide any responses without their legal representation.

Seang Sambath, president of the Workers Friendship Union Federation, confirmed that the four did not provide answers in court.

“We also want to request bail, but the point is we don’t have the case file. So now we can’t do that,” he said.

Since the dismissals and arrests, more than 100 employees have refused to work at the factory, but worker Ou Chamnan said that the Arbitration Council on February 20 had instructed workers to resume their work while it deliberated the dismissals

MOST VIEWED

  • Reports: Rainsy barred from Jakarta flight

    Sam Rainsy was on Wednesday refused entry to a flight from Malaysia to Indonesia, media reported late on Wednesday. The “acting president” of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party’s announced return to the Kingdom on Independence Day on Saturday failed to occur. Rainsy

  • Government studying EU’s preliminary report on EBA

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation on Wednesday said the government was studying the EU Commission’s preliminary report on the human rights situation in the Kingdom that could lead to a suspension of access to its “Everything But Arms” (EBA) agreement. The

  • Phnom Penh International Airport wins award as passenger traffic soars

    The Phnom Penh International Airport has been awarded Best Asia Pacific Regional Airport 2019 for its sustained high growth in passenger traffic in recent years. The award was presented by the Capa Centre for Aviation (Capa) – a world-leading and trusted organisation that provides market intelligence to

  • Gov’t: Rainsy’s ‘coup plot’ a failure

    The government on Wednesday commended the Kingdom’s security forces for thwarting the attempted “coup plot” by former opposition leader Sam Rainsy through his announced return to Cambodia on November 9. The comments came as Rainsy, the “acting president” of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue

  • Chinese tourists lead international visitors

    Chinese tourists again topped the list of foreign visitors to Cambodia during the first nine months of this year, with the Ministry of Tourism on Wednesday reporting a 30 per cent increase on the same period last year. The Kingdom received 4.81 million international tourists in that

  • Tour guides question animal release ban in Angkor moat

    The Khmer Angkor Tour Guide Association (Katga) called on the Apsara National Authority to reconsider its decision banning all animals from being released into the moat surrounding the Angkor Wat temple after the authority prohibited the action for the sake of visitors’ safety. An Apsara