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Cambodia Land Activists' Convictions Called Unjust

28 May 2012

Human rights groups in Cambodia expressed outrage on Friday over prison sentences imposed on 13 women who were protesting being evicted from their land without adequate compensation. The women were sentenced Thursday by a Phnom Penh court after being found guilty of aggravated rebellion and illegal occupation of land in a three-hour trial. Those sentenced, who included a 72-year-old woman, had been residents of Phnom Penh’s Boueng Kak lake area, which the government awarded to a Chinese company for commercial development.—AP