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Former union leader sued for calling for sanctions

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Chea Mony, a former president of the Free Trade Union, speaking in January. KT/Chor Sokunthea

About 120 federations and unions on Monday filed a lawsuit to the Municipal Court to take action against former union leader Chea Mony, who appealed to the European Union to put sanctions on the Cambodian government after the dissolution of the opposition CNRP.


The complaint, which was presented by lawyers Dara Sopanha and Keth Sovandy to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on behalf of the Cambodian Union Federation, says Chea Mony, a member of the Watch Council of Cambodia and a former president of the Free Trade Union, had been speaking with the US-based Radio Free Asia and appealed to the EU to put sanctions on the government and stop ordering clothing from Cambodia.

They added that Mr Mony appealed for sanctions to pressure the government to find a political resolution with the opposition party, but if the EU stopped buying products from Cambodia it would directly affect some 700,000 workers who would lose their jobs.

“The speeches by Mr Chea Mony encouraged the EU and other buyers to stop buying clothing and incited all workers to get angry and hate the government and oppose it,” read the complaint.

On November 16, the Supreme Court dissolved the Cambodia National Rescue Party and barred its 118 senior members from joining politic for five years.

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