Human rights observers in Cambodia and abroad on Tuesday decried the court’s continued incarceration of leading grassroots activist Tep Vanny after the Court of Appeal upheld her 30-month prison sentence for an intentional violence charge.
Ms. Vanny, 36, was sentenced in February over the old, disputed case, which was dug up last year amid her ongoing activism.
A Boeng Kak community member curses two plaintiffs in a case against prominent grassroots activist Tep Vanny outside the Appeal Court on Tuesday morning. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)“It constitutes a blatant act of retaliation against Tep Vanny for her years of community leadership and peaceful activism,” said Chak Sopheap, director of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights.

“Tep Vanny remains an iconic symbol of grassroots activism and resistance to oppression, in Cambodia and internationally—as such, the