Union leader appeals court orders restricting his activities

Ath Thorn, the president of the country’s largest independent labor union, said Friday that he has appealed court orders restricting his unionizing activity and is seeking support from international labor organizations as he faces charges of incitement. The Phnom Penh Municipal Court has ordered Mr. Thorn, president of the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers’ Democratic Union, to pay a $25,000 bail in order to avoid pre-trial detention over charges that he incited violence during a September 20 protest at the SL Garment Factory in Phnom Penh. … “We appealed to the Court of Appeal this past week, and we also sent a letter of complaint to international unions and governments for them to intervene,” said Mr. Thorn. “We request to cancel the court’s decision because we did not commit the crime like the court charges.” …

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