LICADHO’s Joint Statement: Authorities’ obstruction of grassroots activism hurts Prey Lang conservation

On 25 February 2020, more than 100 groups and communities released a joint statement saying that they were outraged and appalled at the restrictions placed on hundreds of community members, monks and environmental activists who were prevented by authorities from entering parts of Prey Lang protected area over the weekend. The Ministry of Environment’s use of masked armed rangers to prevent members of the Prey Lang Community Network (PLCN) from conducting an annual tree-blessing ceremony in the forest is an indefensible restriction on the community’s freedom of movement and harms conservation efforts in the forest.

Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights (LICADHO)

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