Activists from Phnom Penh’s Boeng Kak neighborhood on Monday claimed the “Black Monday” campaign was up and running again as they held a protest while submitting a petition to the Justice Ministry calling for the release of jailed activist Tep Vanny.
The Black Monday protests—started a year ago to advocate for the release of imprisoned rights workers and an election official—appeared to have ended.
Boeng Kak activist Bo Chhorvy shouts outside the Justice Ministry in Phnom Penh on Monday, calling for the release of activist Tep Vanny. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)However, 17 Boeng Kak evictees donned black outfits and made their way to the ministry on Monday morning to demand the release of Ms. Vanny, who was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison in February over charges related to a protest outside Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Phnom Penh mansion in 2013.
She had been in detention since August awaiting trial.
“The Justice Ministry should consider Tep Vanny for a pardon because she did nothing wrong or commit a crime, so why do the prisoners who committed a crime or robbery have a pardon?”
said Boeng Kak activist Sung Sreyleap.
After an hour, a ministry official accepted the petition and the protesters left.
A ministry spokesman could not be reached for comment.
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