Activists from Mother Nature Cambodia receiving the Right Livelihood Award in Stockholm.

Cambodia must immediately release Mother Nature activists!

Press releases 02.07.2024

Right Livelihood strongly condemns today’s arrest and sentencing of ten Mother Nature Cambodia activists, who were given prison terms ranging from six to eight years on charges of plotting and insulting the king. 

The Cambodian government cracked down on the activists from Mother Nature Cambodia, a 2023 Right Livelihood Laureate movement, merely because they carried out peaceful protests to protect Cambodia’s environment.

Right Livelihood calls for the immediate release of the arrested activists and urges the Cambodian authorities to respect and uphold human rights and environmental justice. 

We are deeply concerned about the violent manner in which today’s arrests were carried out, particularly the force used against four activists outside the Phnom Penh court.

We are also alarmed by the current lack of information regarding the whereabouts of five of the activists, whose location remains unknown. 

This situation highlights the urgent need for greater protection of environmental activists and their right to peaceful protest. We stand in solidarity with all individuals working towards a just and sustainable future for Cambodia.

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