Cambodian land protesters begin jail hunger strike-AP

June 22, 2012

Associated Press: June 11, 2012


Four Cambodian women imprisoned for protesting their eviction from the land where their homes once stood have begun a hunger strike.

They were among 13 women sentenced last month by a Phnom Penh court to two and half years in prison for aggravated rebellion and illegal occupation of land. They claimed the government broke promises to give them new land.

They were arrested when they tried to rebuild their homes on the land where their houses were demolished by developers in 2010. They lived in Phnom Penh’s Boueng Kak lake area, which the government awarded to a Chinese company for commercial development.

A non-governmental organization, the Housing Rights Task Force, said Monday that the women began the action a day earlier to demand their immediate release.

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