Text of on-line petition for the release of Yorm Bopha

Minister of Justice
No 240 Sothearos Blvd
Phnom Penh

Your Excellency:

Allow me to turn to you on behalf of Amnesty International Czech Republic and express my deep concern over the case of Yorm Bopha, who was unjustly sentenced to three years in prison after having been found guilty of “violence planning under no mitigating circumstances” in December 2012.

Amnesty International considers Yorm Bopha to be a prisoner of conscience held unjustly by the authorities only due to her peaceful activism. Yorm Bopha has been actively advocating right to exercise freedom of speech and the right to shelter of the community living by Lake Boeung Kak in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh.

In the light of the above described, I respectfully urge you, Your Excellency, to ensure that:

• All charges against Yorm Bopha be dropped immediately and her release is unconditional.

In the spirit of respect for the basic values of human dignity, freedom, equality and solidarity, I call on you, Your Excellency, to uphold the right to freedom of speech not only in the case of Yorm Bopha mentioned in this letter, but also all the other unjustly imprisoned in Cambodia.

Thank you for your attention to this important issue.

Yours sincerely