UPDATE: Tep Vanny’s health has deteriorated due to poor prison conditions and inadequate medication. Her daughter has also been sick in recent weeks, which has only heightened Tep Vanny’s feeling of hopelessness. We need to get Vanny out of prison – please take action now.
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.