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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Yorm Bopha


Detained Since: January 21, 2014.

Charges: Organizing the beating of two motodops in 2012.

Sentence: Three years in prison. Bopha was also ordered to pay the victims 10 million riel (about $2,500). 

Biography: Yorm Bopha is a Cambodian land rights activist noted for her opposition to development and forced evictions around Boeung Kak Lake.  She was sentenced to three years' imprisonment for "intentional violence with aggravating circumstances" on December 27, 2012, leading several human rights groups to protest on her behalf. On November 22, 2013, Bopha was released on bail and on June 14, 2013, her sentence was reduced to two years’ imprisonment. According to Front Line Defenders, on January 21, 2014, Bopha was again arrested while petitioning outside the U.S. and French embassies for the release of 23 people who were jailed during a clampdown on worker’s protests earlier in January.


  • Activist Yorm Bopha has again been sentenced to three years in prison, this time by the Cambodian Court of Appeal, with the remainder of her sentence suspended. Bopha had already served over a year in prison on the same charges, but was released in 2013 on bail following an international campaign seeking her release. (June 29, 2016, The Phnom Penh Post).