Cambodian king pardons 4 imprisoned land rights activists

Phnom Penh – A prominent leader of Cambodia’s land rights movement and three female activists imprisoned with her were freed Monday under a royal pardon.

The pardon from King Norodom Sihamoni at the request of Prime Minister Hun Sen came less than a week after the second anniversary of Tep Vanny’s imprisonment on a charge of aggravated intentional violence in connection with a March 2013 protest outside Hun Sen’s residence.

Tep Vanny led protests against evictions from the capital’s Boeng Kak lakeshore community, where the government granted a land concession to a Cambodian tycoon and a Chinese company to develop a luxury residential and commercial community.

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