22 January 2008

 

Memorial ceremony

This morning in Phnom Penh a hundred or more people gathered to lay a wreath near the newstand where Chea Vichea was murdered four years ago (see photos). They also asked the government and courts to re-open the investigation.

"We dismiss Born Samnang and Sok Sam Oeun as Chea Vichea's killers," said Vichea's brother, Mony.

Since Brad has footage of this ceremony from past years, we didn't go to Cambodia to film it, but our thoughts are with Vichea's family members and the workers he represented.

Radio Australia aired a pretty good (if brief) update on the case, with comments from opposition leader Sam Rainsy and also Sara Colm of Human Rights Watch. Also, seven human rights and labor groups issued a joint statement calling for the release of Samnang and Sam Oeun.

Rich

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