Cambodian union leader freed
In November, Rong Chhun, a former teacher and current leader of the Cambodian Confederation of Unions, was released from indefinite detention after speaking out about land rights.
“For over a year, trade unions in Cambodia and across the world have been campaigning for Rong Chhun’s freedom and calling the Cambodian government to drop the charges against him.” Shoya Yoshida, International Trade Union Confederation Asia-Pacific General Secretary.
Historically, major unions have aligned themselves with the opposition in Cambodia. In November 2017, the Supreme Court dissolved the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), the country’s main opposition party. Rong Chhun served on the national election committee of CNRP.
Union leaders such as Rong Chhun play an important role in politics as they represent the vast number of workers, especially in the textile sector, a major export industry for Cambodia.