The warrants were issued against leaders of the Cambodia National Rescue Party, including its acting president Sam Rainsy. The leaders were planning to return to Cambodia and resume political work.
A powerful workers’ movement has been building up in the sector since the protests of 2013-2014 over poor working conditions, human rights violations, delay in payment of wages and other indemnities.
95 civil society groups signed a joint statement in support of the leaders. The six unionists were sentenced to suspended jail terms and fined by a municipal court in Phnom Penh