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 are 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.
Unfortunately, in December, the Supreme Court upheld the verdict against Tep Vanny and fellow activists Bo Chhorvy and Kong Chantha, on charges relating to a peaceful protest they attended in 2011. On 7 February, the Supreme Court upheld Tep Vanny’s conviction which sentenced her to 30 months in prison.
But despite the challenges she faces, Vanny has kept her determination and untiring struggle for justice.
Tep Vanny’s health has seriously deteriorated due to poor prison conditions and inadequate medication.
Unable to sleep properly, Tep Vanny is very distressed and her nose allergy condition has gotten very serious as the medication provided by the prison is of very poor quality and unable to properly treat the ailment.
Her daughter has also been sick in recent weeks, which has only heighted Tep Vanny’s feeling of hopelessness.
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.