https://www.cambodiadaily.com/second2/a ... ve-112985/Amnesty International has designated four human rights officers and an election official who were jailed earlier this month as “prisoners of conscience” and will call on millions of members around the world to petition the government for their release.
Previous Cambodians who have been deemed prisoners of conscience—meaning they were jailed for their beliefs or inherent characteristics and have never advocated violence—include land rights advocate Yorm Bopha and activist radio station owner Mam Sonando.
John Coughlan, Amnesty International’s researcher for Cambodia, said on Tuesday that four senior officers from rights group Adhoc and a former officer at the NGO who is now a top official in the National Election Committee had met the criteria.
“It is totally transparent that they have been jailed for the human rights work, for working to uphold the rule of law and supporting victims of human rights violations,” Mr. Coughlan said in an email...
Will the embarrassment caused by an Amnesty campaign secure their release, or on the contrary, will it cause loss of face, toes digging in and refusal to compromise ?
Real question. I support Amnesty International in general.