Release Tep Vanny and allow her the freedom to stand up for her community

Tep Vanny is a symbol of peaceful activism in Cambodia and is currently in jail as a result of her brave determination to defend the rights of others.

10 years ago Phnom Penh governor Kep Chuktema signed a 10 year lease for the development of the Boeung Kak Lake. It has been a painful and tumultuous time for the people of a community that was once home to as many as 20,000 people. A period has seen the lake filled with sand; thousands of families moving from the community; physical attacks on community members by security forces; and the arrest of Tep Vanny.

The group of a dozen or so activists, almost entirely women, who have led the community’s resistance against the development of the area have come to represent peaceful resistance to human rights violations in Cambodia.

The prominence and visibility of the Boeung Kak Lake community has been countered by a sustained campaign of harassment and intimidation at the centre of which lies the criminal justice system.

Tep Vanny has taken part in and led countless demonstrations, receiving an international award in recognition of her human rights work and becoming a symbol of peaceful resistance in the country.  She was arrested on the 15th of August 2016 during a peaceful demonstration. Her convictions are baseless and were delivered following proceedings that failed to uphold her fair trial rights as provided in international and Cambodian law

The government is attempting to silence her voice and show activists like her what can happen if you stand up for peoples rights.

Cambodia: Courts of injustice

Cambodia’s Government is using its courts to silence human rights defenders and political activists. 

Using its tight grip on the criminal justice system, the Cambodian Government has brought a series of trumped-up charges against members of the political opposition, trade union activists, human rights activists, and political commentators, in an attempt to harass, intimidate and punish them.

Find out more about Tep Vanny's story and Cambodia's courts of injustice in our report here.