On 19 January 2014, Mr. Chhun Oueng, Vice President of Independent Democracy of Informal Economy Association (IDEA) was arrested at 5:35pm during the vigil across from the Royal Palace. The objective of the gathering is to release the balloon and light incense demanding the release of the 23 human right defenders and workers.
There were around 50 participants from union representatives, youth, informal economic sector and civil society representatives gathered in front of Unalom Pagoda near the riverside, but they were separated by the capital security guard with black helmets and sticks. Then the peaceful gathering was diverted to across the Royal Palace, Phreah Ang Dang Keur. Again, it was suddenly scuffled by the capital’s security guards. However, the scuffle did not cause any serious injuries.
Soon after the scuffle ended, Mr. Sok Chhun Oeung, Vice President of IDEA, who participated in the event was arrested at the time while he was talking to a Daun Penh’s district officer without any reasons and taken to Phnom Penh Municipal Police Department.
Vice President of Cambodian Youth Network (CYN), Mr. Sar Mory, who participated in the event, said ” The acts of the authorities that separated the vigil demanding for the release of the detained human rights defenders violated the right and freedom of peaceful assembly, because Cambodia has ratified the Convention on Civil and Political Rights. And I would condemn the invalid and no-warrant arrest of the human rights activists, Mr. Sok Chhun Oeungs, as an act of the serious human right violation and being unfair for the Khmer people. “