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Heng Reaksmey, VOA Khmer

24 September 2014

PHNOM PENH—
President Barack Obama in a speech Tuesday honored two Cambodian rights workers.

One was Chut Wutty, an activist who was shot to death by security guards in 2012 while leading journalists through the forest of Koh Kong province, where illegal logging is rife. The other was Chok Sopheap, president of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, a prominent activist.

We could not be prouder of you, and we stand with you,” Obama said, at a speech in New York to honor global human rights workers, at the Clinton Global Initiative’s annual meeting.

Obama warned of a “growing crackdown on civil society,” worldwide. “And around the world, brave men and women who dare raise their voices are harassed and attacked and even killed,” Obama said. “So today, we honor those who have given their lives. Among them, in Cameroon, Eric Lembembe; in Libya, Salwa Bugaighis; in Cambodia, Chut Wutty; in Russia, Natalia Estemirova.”

Chut Wutty was a 48-year-old active forest advocate who died after an altercation with police and security guards on a road in Koh Kong, where illegal logging is widespread.

Obama also honored Chak Sopheap, who was present at the event. “Sopheap saw a fellow human rights advocate hauled off by the police, and she could have fled, too, but she says she’s never thought of leaving Cambodia even for a minute,” Obama said. “So she keeps organizing and marching and mobilizing youth to demand justice. And she says: ‘I dream that Cambodian citizens can enjoy the freedoms that they are entitled to.’ We could not be prouder of you, and we stand with you.”



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How dangerous the work was dawned on Lambrick on that day in 2011, when the protesters were beaten by military police. “At that point, the film shifted from being more observational to having an element of real drama, showing the conflict and what an impact it has – the violence involved,” she said.

Wutty also believed things changed that day, she added. “Wutty said afterwards that for some of the activists, it really opened their eyes because of the violence that was meted out by these armed police officers against unarmed local people,” she said.





Environmental activists in the Kingdom regularly face harassment from authorities that can range from monitoring communications and movement and breaking up meetings to threats, intimidation, beatings and trumped-up court charges, said Josie Cohen, a land rights campaigner for Global Witness who was present at the screening in London.

“The courts are not independent and, alongside the military police, are used by the corrupt government to quell resistance,” she said.

Including Wutty, at least 13 environment and land defenders have been killed in Cambodia since 2002, according to Global Witness. Ten of these have been land rights activists; three – including Wutty – of them campaigning for forests.

A Global Witness report released earlier this year revealed that nearly three times as many environmental activists were killed worldwide in 2012 than 10 years previously. The 908 or more activists killed across 35 countries between 2002 and 2013 resulted in just 10 convictions.




Chut Wutty with a crocodile in the forest. JEREMY HOLDEN


The film handles Wutty’s death – and the impunity that followed - tastefully. Lambrick interviews Olesia Plokhii, one of two local journalists who was with Wutty when he was killed en route to a protected forest in Koh Kong. Her account is intercut with an animated re-enactment of what she experienced.

After Wutty was shot dead, military police officer In Rattana was also killed by a bullet. Ran Boroth, a security guard for the Timbergreen logging firm, eventually sentenced to two years in prison for Ratana’s death, served just six months of his sentence.

“The military officer who reportedly shot him was also killed in the incident. The investigation and subsequent trial were flawed, lacked credibility and only created further confusion around Chut Wutty’s murder. His family deserve much, much better,” Rupert Abbott, Amnesty International’s Deputy Asia Pacific Director, said in an email earlier this week.

Scenes with Wutty’s family after his death offer some of the film’s most poignant moments. Towards the end, we are offered a glimpse of their life now, without a husband and father. Sam Chanty, Wutty’s wife, remembers the day they met, when she was selling crushed ice and fruit at the market. His son, Cheuy Oudormreaksmey, tells us he used to beg Wutty to let him join him in the forest, but was never allowed – for his own protection.

“[Wutty] was really an incredible person, and it was a real shame that other people won’t get to meet him – he was incredibly energetic and quick thinking, very passionate, very gentle in one way, but very clear and very strong and quite steely,” Lambrick said.

While activists swore to carry on after Wutty’s death, the film makes it clear: he was one of a kind. In one of the most memorable scenes of the film, he says, staring straight into the camera, “If I don’t do the work, no one else will do it. They are too afraid.”
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Obama also honored Chak Sopheap, who was present at the event. “Sopheap saw a fellow human rights advocate hauled off by the police, and she could have fled, too, but she says she’s never thought of leaving Cambodia even for a minute,” Obama said. “So she keeps organizing and marching and mobilizing youth to demand justice. And she says: ‘I dream that Cambodian citizens can enjoy the freedoms that they are entitled to.’ We could not be prouder of you, and we stand with you.”

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Obama also honored Chak Sopheap, who was present at the event. “Sopheap saw a fellow human rights advocate hauled off by the police, and she could have fled, too, but she says she’s never thought of leaving Cambodia even for a minute,” Obama said. “So she keeps organizing and marching and mobilizing youth to demand justice. And she says: ‘I dream that Cambodian citizens can enjoy the freedoms that they are entitled to.’ We could not be prouder of you, and we stand with you.”




Sorry, i forgot her. Yes, she is among those who do something for the country.
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