Human rights group criticizes detention of Cambodian Buddhist monk

Originally posted by Shambhala Sun

Cambodian Buddhist monk, “unjustifiedly”, detained!


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An official speaking for Cambodian human rights group Licadho has called the arrest of Ven. Loun Savath, a human rights activist and Cambodian Buddhist monk, “unjustified.” Savath was detained for taking photographs of protesters and forced into a Land Cruiser by other monks, police, and plainclothes officers outside a Phnom Penh courthouse. More than 60 protesters were gathered outside the court, calling for the release of 13 Boeung Kak women inside. Savath was banned last year from all pagodas in Phnom Penh by the Supreme Patriarch Nun Nget.
“All of us believe that there’s absolutely no basis for them to hold venerable Loun Savath, he did nothing, he was just standing there,” said the Licadho official.
More than 60 protesters were gathered outside the court, calling for the release of 13 Boeung Kak women inside. Savath was banned last year from all pagodas in Phnom Penh by the Supreme Patriarch Nun Nget.
“All of us believe that there’s absolutely no basis for them to hold venerable Loun Savath, he did nothing, he was just standing there,” said the Licadho official.
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