Cambodia: Imprisoned for speaking out: Update on Phnom Penh’s Boeung Kak Lake
In May 2012, 13 women community representatives from Boeung Kak Lake in Phnom Penh were sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison. Amnesty International considers them to be prisoners of conscience and human rights defenders, imprisoned solely for the peaceful exercise of their right to freedom of expression. The women have been peacefully protesting for years for a final resolution for the community at Boeung Kak Lake, where thousands of people have been forcibly evicted from their homes since August 2008. This report gives an update on their struggle and ongoing concerns for the community.