18 May, 2020Soy Sros, a local union leader at Superl Cambodia, has been arrested and imprisoned for a post on social media criticising the suspension of union members, including a pregnant woman, during the coronavirus crisis.
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Soy Sros was arrested on 2 April for 'provocation' under the criminal code.
According to CUMW president Pav Sina, Soy Sros’ health is deteriorating, and although she is receiving medical treatment in prison, she should be released as soon as possible and given access to medical treatment in a hospital.
Says Valter Sanches, IndustriALL general secretary:
“Soy Sros was rightfully exercising her freedom of speech to defend the interest of workers laid off by Superl Holdings Ltd and should be released immediately. Instead of imprisoning Soy Sros, the Cambodian government should act as a constructive mediator between the company and union.
“It’s totally unacceptable that companies and governments take advantage of the Covid-19 crisis to crackdown on unions. We will reach out to the company’s customers and mobilize international solidarity.”
Defending the union leader, IndustriALL sent a letter to Superl Holdings on 16 April, urging the company to withdraw the charges against Mrs. Soy Sros. The company has failed to respond.