Tep Vanny is a symbol of peaceful activism in Cambodia and is currently in jail as a result of her brave determination to defend the rights of others.

She is a housing rights activist and for almost 10 years has been defending her community in central Phnom Penh where thousands of families have been forcibly evicted from their homes.

Along with her fellow activists, many of them women, she has been targeted by the authorities and harassed, beaten, arrested and imprisoned. The government is attempting to silence her voice and show activists like her what can happen if you stand up for your rights and the rights of others.

But despite the challenges she faces, Vanny has kept her determination and untiring struggle for justice.

Vanny has shown bravery in the face of adversity. Join her by adding your voice.

Sign the petition and call on the Cambodian Government to stop the crackdown on human rights defenders and release Tep Vanny immediately and unconditionally, and drop all charges against her.

We will collect your signatures and send them to the Prime Minister of Cambodia and demand the unconditional release of Tep Vanny.

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Prime Minister of Cambodia
Samdech Hun Sen

Minister of Public Security and Deputy Prime Minister
Sar Kheng

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
Prak Sokhonn

Your Excellency,

I am very concerned for Tep Vanny, a housing rights activist who for almost 10 years has been defending her community in central Phnom Penh where thousands of families have been forcibly evicted from their homes. She has been harassed, beaten, arrested and imprisoned by the Cambodian authorities.

I call on you to immediately and unconditionally release Tep Vanny, drop all charges and end all the criminal investigations against her. Tep Vanny is a human rights defender and prisoner of conscience, detained on baseless charges for her peaceful activism defending the right to housing and freedom of expression.

And it is not just Tep Vanny who is being targeted for her activism. Others – many of whom are women – face similar treatment. I therefore call on you to publicly condemn and order an end to harassment and violence against human rights defenders, including unwarranted legal action and imprisonment.

Yours sincerely,

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