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published 07-02-2014 14:25, last modified 07-02-2014 14:25

Vorn Pao, 39

Vorn Pao, 39

President of Independent Democracy of Informal Economy Association (IDEA). Married with four sons. “Pao went to help those arrested in front of Yakjin factory...they wanted to arrest him because he is a leader. They caught him and he was beaten unconscious...the police poured water on his face to make him conscious to continue to beat him” (Pao’s wife)

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Theng Savoeun, 24

Theng Savoeun, 24

Coordinator of Coalition of Cambodian Farmer Community (CCFC). “People don’t want to be rich, they [the demonstrators] just want to have a decent life. He was arrested for the benefit of justice, to bring justice to the people” (Savoeun’s older brother)

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Chan Puthisak, 40

Chan Puthisak, 40

Community leader from Boeung Kak Lake, Glasscutter. Married, one daughter. “Where is my dad? When will he be released?” (Puthisak’s daughter)

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Sokum Sombath Piseth, 31

Sokum Sombath Piseth, 31

Labour union networking officer at Center for Labour Rights of Cambodia (CLaRi-Cambodia). “We want him home...back with his family where he can get medical treatment” (Piseth’s mother)

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Bou Sarith, 27

Bou Sarith, 27

Garment worker. “Please do not worry” (Sarith to his mother when she visited him in the prison)

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Chea Sarath, 34

Chea Sarath, 34

Moto-taxi driver. Married with two children. “I did not tell our children about his arrest. When our children ask me about him, I tell them their father goes to work far away. I want him to be released soon. Our children ask about him every day and they really need him” (Sarath’s wife)

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Chhim Thoeun, 26

Chhim Thoeun, 26

Garment worker at Yakjin factory. “I want my brother to be released soon. He is innocent. He just joined the demonstration for a wage increase” (Thoeun’s older brother)

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Choeun Yong, 23

Choeun Yong, 23

Garment worker at Fuling factory. “Please help and release my son...he is innocent...he did not join the demonstration” (Yong’s mother)

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Heng Roatha, 22

Heng Roatha, 22

Garment worker at YVP factory. We can’t afford to visit him in prison, please help us to get him released as we don’t know what to do” (Roatha’s oldest sister)

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Hoeun Da, 29

Hoeun Da, 29

Garment worker at Hong Sin factory. Married with one son. When he was arrested no one knew where he was, we spent days searching for him. His wife was devastated and everyone cried” (Da’s mother)

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Lorn San, 20

Lorn San, 20

Garment worker Sky Nice factory. Married. “He was not involved in the clashes, he did not do anything wrong. Please release him soon” (San’s wife)

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Mam Piseth, 23

Mam Piseth, 23

Garment worker YVP factory. Please help us get my son and the other 22 people released. My son did not do anything wrong” (Piseth’s father)

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Nakry Vanda, 19

Nakry Vanda, 19

Garment worker Hon Va factory. "[I] hope to see justice for my cousin as he only attended the demonstrations because of the low wages...it is necessary to raise the wages” (Vanda’s cousin)

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Nem Sokhuon, 23

Nem Sokhuon, 23

Unemployed. “Sokhuon didn’t want to tell our mother about his condition, but he looked thinner and very weak” (Sokhuon’s older brother)

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Pang Vanny, 38

Pang Vanny, 38

Garment worker Suntex factory. "He was beaten, tortured like an animal, and he was not even involved” Vanny’s younger brother)

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Phang Tren, 24

Phang Tren, 24

Garment worker Hongkong Yufeng. Divorced with two daughters. “I just want to see him released soon” (Tren’s brother)

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Poang Sarath, 26

Poang Sarath, 26

Private security guard S.D. Holiday Hotel. Married with newborn son. "I want him released soon. He did not join the demonstration, he is just a private security guard and he was beaten and put in prison” (Sarath’s wife)

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Reth Roatha, 24

Reth Roatha, 24

Driver at a rice mill in Thailand. "We want to see Roatha released and for him to return to his work in Thailand, but his release is most important” (Roatha’s mother)

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Ros Sophoan, 25

Ros Sophoan, 25

Garment worker Hai Yon factory. Married with a newborn baby. "We just want him back. When his wife gave birth to their baby she kept screaming for her husband” (Sophoan’s sister-in-law)

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Ry Sinoun, 18

Ry Sinoun, 18

Garment worker Xing Long factory. “I am really worried about him, he is in a lot of pain from the violence when he was arrested. His head, his back and his abdomen are very sore and he has a lot of bruises. His condition will just get worse if he stays in prison” (Sinoun’s mother)

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Teng Chanthy, 21

Teng Chanthy, 21

Truck driver and construction worker. “He had nothing to do with this, he just went to the factory to take some money to his sisters” (Chanthy’s father)

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Yon Sok Chea, 17

Yon Sok Chea, 17

Garment worker E Khang factory. "Chea started crying when he saw me, his hands were swollen and he has a lot of wounds on his back from being beaten with electric batons. They have also shaved his head” (Chea’s mother)

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Yong Sam On, 31

Yong Sam On, 31

Electrician Sabrina factory. Married with one daughter. “Our daughter cries and asks about her father. I try to tell her that he is busy with work. The garment factory has not paid him so he has not seen his daughter in a long time” (Sam On’s wife)

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