Cambodia: Trade union representative assaulted
September 19, 2011, 8:04 pm
Union representative and human rights defender, Mr Phao Sak, was attacked and severely beaten on 30 September 2010. Phao Sak is a representative for the Free Trade Union of Workers of the Kingdom of Cambodia (FTUWKC) and was involved in negotiations at the Generation International Co., Ltd over the rights of the factory workers to be granted leave for the Pchum Ben Day, a religious festival in Cambodia.
On 30 September, at 18.35, Phao Sak was leaving the Generation International factory compound in Trapeang Ampil Village, Trapeang Korng Commune, in Samrong Torng District, in Kampong Speu province, when he was attacked and severely beaten to two unidentified men. During the attack the human rights defender was beaten over the head with boards. He was unconscious for approximately 6 hours and is now being treated for head injuries in Calmette Hospital in Phnom Penh.
Front Line believes that the assault of Phao Sak is directly related to his legitimate activities in defence of the rights of workers in Cambodia. In light of the killings of three former Presidents of the Free Trade Union of Workers of the Kingdom of Cambodia – Hy Vuthy in 2007 and both Chea Vichea and Ros Sovannareth in 2004 Â– Front Line is extremely concerned for the physical and psychological integrity of Phao Sak and other trade union representatives. Front Line believes that such physical threats, represent an attempt to deter workers in Cambodia from participating in free trade unions and defending labour rights.