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MNC activists Hun Vannak & Doem Kundy were jailed on 14 Sept, 2017, charged with incitement - for filming from a boat in the open sea !!. After a circus-like trial without witnesses, evidence or even the presence of the plaintiff of the alleged 'crime', they were found guilty and sentenced to 12 months in jail, with seven months suspended. They were released on probation on the 13th of February, 2018.
31 December 2017
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The mighty Mekong River, one of Asia's most important waterways and vital to hundreds of thousands of Cambodian families, is under serious threat.
Uncontrolled extraction of millions of tons of sand and gravel, several mega dams blocking fish migration and sediments vital for agriculture, over fishing, pollution....
the list is sadly endless.
Mother Nature Cambodia is empowering communities affected by some of the most destructive 'development' projects, such as the indigenous communities affected y the destructive Lower Se San 2 hydroelectric dam.
Mother Nature Cambodia is a grassroots movement fighting to put an end to the systematic destruction of Cambodia's natural environment by vested interests.
Since we got started in 2012, we have achieved remarkable achievements, such as forcing the Cambodian government to pull back from building a destructive dam in the Cardamom mountains, pressuring the governments of Cambodia and Singapore to discontinue the illicit extraction and trade of huge quantities of reclamation sand, etc.
While the state-sponsored destruction of Cambodia's once-mighty nature proceeds, and repression against those willing to expose the truth and change the system increases, Mother Nature Cambodia continues to grow and expand onto new campaigns, ready to contribute to the effective protection of our country's vital natural resources.
For close to ten years, Cambodian government agencies coordinated the illegal extraction and smuggling of millions of tons of coastal sand to several Asian countries, chiefly Singapore, under the excuse that these estuaries needed to be 'deepened for navigational purposes'. After two and a half years of grassroots advocacy - including the arbitrary jailing for close to one year of three of our activists - and a hard hitting expose on wide-scale corruption issues tied to the sector by our investigators, the vast majority of sand exports have stopped. For now.