First Rights Worker Questioned in Land Dispute Incitement Case

The Ratanakkiri Provincial Court yesterday questioned one of three human rights workers charged-alongside a journalist-with inciting ethnic minority villagers to protest violently against a powerful agro-industry firm during a 2009 land dispute.

A representative of the villagers said yesterday that about 500 of them are planning to gather in front of the provincial courthouse in support of the two other rights workers during their questioning on Wednesday.

Last week, the court summoned Adhoc provincial coordinator Pen Bonnar, Adhoc investigator Chhay Thy, Cambodian Center for Human Rights President Ou Virak and Radio Free Asia (RFA) journalist Sok Ratha to the court for questioning on Wednesday and Thursday.