Almost 500 human rights activists and villagers defending their land and homes have been threatened with jail since 2008, while a total of 40 were sentenced on charges of incitement, fraud and intentional violence, an NGO and community representatives said Thursday. “Almost 500 people were either threatened with an arrest or are evading an arrest as the court has already issued a warrant,” Chan Soveth, deputy head of rights group Adhoc’s monitoring department, said Thursday, criticizing the abuse of the court by local authorities. “We hunger for justice and the protection of human rights defenders because they do
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