UPDATE 20/02/18: Great news! Hun Vannak and Doem Kundy were released from Koh Kong Provincial Prison on 13 February. The activists were released after serving five months of their one-year prison sentence, the remaining seven months were suspended. 

Being an environmental activist is a dangerous path to take in Cambodia. Yet brave individuals like Hun Vannak and Doem Kundy aren’t afraid to take a stance to protect their country’s natural resources from exploitation.

In September 2017, the two men were arrested by police for filming large vessels off the coast of Cambodia. They suspected the vessels were illegally loaded for export with Cambodia’s precious resource, silica sand.

Police arrested Hun Vannak and Doem Kundy while filming. Without their lawyer present, the men were questioned and then charged with incitement and violation of privacy. If convicted they could face three years in prison.

Sand-dredging companies and the government benefit from this illegal trade and are taking measures to silence dissent.
Both activists were working with a prominent environmental organisation called ‘Mother Nature Cambodia’ (MNC). Their arrest happened just two days after MNC published a video online exposing these illegal exports and linking them to the Cambodian Government.

With elections approaching in Cambodia, it’s the perfect time to pressure the government to do the right thing and remind them that the world is watching.

Take action by emailing the Cambodian Ambassador to take all the necessary steps to drop these absurd charges against Hun Vannak and Doem Kundy and to release them immediately.

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His Excellency Mr. Kuong KOY
Royal Embassy of Cambodia
5 Canterbury Crescent
Deakin  ACT  2600

Your Excellency

On 11 September 2017, environmental activists Hun Vannak and Doem Kundy were arrested in Cambodia while filming two large vessels they suspected of illegally carrying sand for export. They face up to three years in prison for incitement and violation of privacy.

I call on the Cambodian government to immediately and unconditionally release Hun Vannak and Doem Kundy, and all other prisoners of conscience, detained and charged solely for their peaceful activism.

I also urge the Cambodian authorities to put an end to the harassment of all human rights defenders for their peaceful activism and exercise of their rights to freedom of expression, assembly and association.

Yours sincerely

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