Cambodian Casino Union Leader Sentenced to Two Years in Jail


a job union leader, who He bravely led a prolonged strike against Cambodia’s largest casino, two delivered -year prison Thursday sentence for incitement to commit felony.

Meanwhile, eight of her colleague union Members received relatively lighter sentences, sparing them prison time.

Shahim Sethar, Chairman of Workers’ Rights Support Union of Khmer staff of NagaWorld, it was leading strike started in December 2021 in objects of Alleged mass layoffs union- Heist at NagaWorld Casino in The capital, Phnom Penh.

I was convicted on shipping of leading January 2022 demonstration of Nearly 400 employees were fired who They were demanding to be rehired.

NagaWorld in At the end of 2021, it fired 373 employees amid financial Struggles related to the coronavirus pandemic.

NagaWorld is owned and controlled by a company family of Malaysian billionaire Chen Lip Keong. His company acquired a casino license in 1994 and property It is now a huge entertainment complex integrated between hotels and casino.

exhaustion union Actions are not rare in Cambodia but usually take place in factories in remote areas or in Industrial real estate in other counties. Naja World workers protest in The capital was unusually prominent and open police procedures, sometimes violent.

Judge Soeung Chakriya of Five were sentenced by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court of The co-accused with Shahim Sethar on Same temporary fee prison terms of one-And the-half Every year, giving them their freedom on Provided that they are subject to appear before court or other authorities when called upon.

He received three other defendants one-year Suspended sentences.

Grease will be agitated wearing an orange prison Uniform, he looked healthy and relaxed forward of verdict. When asked about the court hearing, she told The Associated Press, “Yes, I am know That the court will convict and judge me, and of Of course I will resume.”

“I will appeal because I cannot accept the verdict and I want the international community to know of Our struggle, she said.

The verdict came out on Thursday as Cambodia prepares for a general election in july that is sure to come back to power The ruling Cambodian People’s Party of Prime Minister Hun Sen, who led the country for 38 years with Little tolerance for opposition.

The only opposition candlelight party group which constitutes credibility challenge to judge partyis appealing against a decision not to be allowed in the elections on For technical reasons they did not provide the documents.

On Monday, three members of a Cambodian land rights organization And researcher with planning against State and incitement to commit felony yet government accuse them of Planning to spark a peasant revolution by teaching the farmers the class divisions between the rich and the poor. If convicted on Both counts, they can face up to 12 years old in prison.

Hun Sen government launch a similar campaign on opponents And critics Before of the last general election in 2019.

Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the Australian Council of Jointly called trade unions for Convictions to be overturned and Shahim Sethar released.

convictions of Shahim will be agitated, and the others will scream attack on Trade unions and workers struggle for said Montes-Ferrer, interim regional deputy for Amnesty International director for research. “This provision is a reminder that the Cambodian government Prefer side with Companies from the protection of rights of that it people. “

The fired NagaWorld workers continue to demonstrate every weekend support Their strike, according to the operations of Sam Ath’s uncle director of local rights group likado.

Ministry of He said work and vocational training last In December, 249 fired workers agreed compensation under the Labor Law and dropped their demands, but 124 are still disputing their dismissal, and that the ministry will continue negotiating with they.

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