A group of about 100 villagers on their way to a Christian retreat in Sihanoukville were prevented from leaving their commune in Svay Rieng province Wednesday, drawing criticism from rights workers that their right to move freely had been abused. The group was traveling in four separate buses along a road in Svay Rieng’s Kompong Trach commune when authorities stopped the vehicles and informed the villagers they did not have the proper paperwork to travel the roughly 375 km to Preah Sihanouk province for a month-long religious gathering, said Nuth Bopinnaroth, provincial coordinator for rights group Licadho. “The
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