Cambodian Educator Sentenced to Jail For Criticizing Monolith to Cambodian-Vietnamese Ties

Info seputar HK Hari Ini 2020 – 2021.

A court in western Cambodia’s Pailin district has actually punished a schoolteacher to one year in prison for “incitement” after he slammed a monument to Cambodian-Vietnamese ties, motivating condemnation from civil liberties groups who said the judgment breaches his freedom of expression.

According to an April 9 judgment by the Pailin Provincial Court’s administering judge Huy Nyhour, which was revealed on Monday, Yuong So Da was tried and also found guilty in absentia of “incitement to commit a felony” according to Short article 495 of Cambodia’s penal code.

The decision mentioned a comment Yuong So Da published to Facebook in September 2020, which indicated that the Cambodian-Vietnamese Friendship Monument in the former Khmer Rouge garrison of Pailin represented Cambodia’s increasing subservience to Vietnam.

” Currently Cambodia has a [Cambodia-Vietnam] monolith in almost every district and also quickly the country will certainly have two flags to increase,” the Facebook remark stated.

Yuong So Da, who has actually been residing in hiding for the previous six months, called the court judgment “unjust and also unacceptable” in a meeting with RFA’s Khmer Solution on Tuesday.

” This issue is related to my civil liberty, and I am an individual that likes to talk the fact,” he claimed, speaking from an unrevealed area.

” I didn’t think the authorities would seek to jail to me which the court would attempt me. I am an educator as well as an author– why are they making troubles for me?”

Yuong So Da stated he is taking into consideration appealing the court judgment, which he has to do by mid-July.

The Cambodian-Vietnamese Friendship Monument in Cambodia's Pailin province, in an undated photo. RFA
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jpg” width =” 466″ > The Cambodian-Vietnamese Relationship Monolith in Cambodia’s Pailin province, in an undated image. RFA Centuries of bitterness Animosity in between Vietnam as well as Cambodia returns centuries, yet was enhanced by the Vietnamese war that ousted Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge program in 1979 as well as paved the way for long-ruling prime minister Hun Sen’s ascension to power.

Allegations over the demarcation of the border between Vietnam and also Cambodia have ended up being a prominent feature in Cambodian national politics as Hun Sen’s opponents have tried to paint the strong man as a tool of the Vietnamese.

Union leader Rong Chhun was officially billed with “incitement to commit a felony or create social discontent” under Write-up 495 as well as imprisoned at Victim Sar Prison in Phnom Penh on Aug. 1, 2020, a day after his apprehension for asserting the federal government has actually allowed Vietnam to trespass on farmland along their shared boundary. His apprehension triggered near day-to-day protests in the resources Phnom Penh.

Ying Mengly, Battambang rural planner for Cambodian rights team Adhoc, informed RFA that uploading discuss Facebook is an exercise in civil liberty acknowledged by the constitution as well as called the verdict against Yuong So Da a “significant hazard” to the nation’s policy of law.

” I would like the court to go down the costs versus the teacher,” he stated. “He is simply a person. Just how were his remarks taken into consideration incitement?”

” The state has numerous media outlets that can inform individuals [about the monolith] The federal government and also courts require to open up and allow [criticism]”

While Yuong So Da remains in concealing, he has used Facebook to ask that people to care for his moms and dads, who he asserts are encountering pressure from authorities. On Tuesday, he posted a comment asking for contributions of rice, pens and also publications in the event that he is imprisoned.

Reported by RFA’s Khmer Service. Converted by Samean Yun. Composed in English by Joshua Lipes.