Cambodia: show your support for activist and protest songwriter Yorm Bopha

Yorm Bopha, a land rights activist and protest song writer, is currently serving a three-year sentence – of which one year was suspended upon appeal. Arrested on 4th September 2012, Bopha was convicted of ‘intentional violence with aggravating circumstances’ under Article 218 of the Cambodian Criminal Code on 27th December 2012. PEN believes these charges to be politically motivated, designed to prevent her activities on behalf of the Boeng Kak lake community, and is calling for her immediate and unconditional release

During her incarceration Yorm Bopha has continued her activism, organising and defending her own and fellow prisoners’ rights. She writes protest lyrics to popular tunes, which are then sung at demonstrations. She is also chronicling her daily experiences, which she hopes to publish after her release.

Bopha’s recent, successful campaign for female prisoners to be given the same access to English language lessons as male prisoners brings with it a new demand for precious resources. We are therefore asking our supporters to send notebooks and pencils to Bopha and her fellow prisoners so that they can continue their education and writing. For further details, please email

Take action:

  • Send messages of solidarity along with notebooks and pencils to Yorm Bopha and her fellow prisoners so that they can continue their education and writing. For further details, please email
  • Send letters of appeal to the Cambodian authorities calling for Yorm Bopha’s release.

Write to the Cambodian authorities:

Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen
Office of the Prime Minister
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Fax: + 855 23 360 666

His Excellency Mr. Hor Nambora
Royal Embassy of Cambodia
64 Brondesbury Park
Willesden Green
London NW6 7AT

Please also send copies of your appeal letters to the British Embassy in Phnom Penh:

His Excellency Mr Mark Gooding
British Embassy Phnom Penh
27-29 Street 75, Sangkat Srah Chak, Khan Daun Penh
Phnom Penh

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