FREE THE 23!
Clean Clothes Campaign and campaigners around the world continue to call for the immediate dropping of all charges and release of the 23 men arrested in Cambodia in January 2014.
In December 2013 garment workers in Cambodia went on strike to demand an increase in the monthly minimum wage to USD160 per month, after the national wage board ignored the advice of it's own committee which was to raise the minimum wage to at least USD 157.25 and only proposed a wage increase to USD 95 - falling far short of a living wage.
On January 2 and 3, 2014 the tensions escalated and police and military used violence against the demonstrators and those caught up in the protests. At least four people were killed and 38 injured and 23 were detained.
For more information about all of the 23 men you can read this full briefing by our partners Licadho. (pictures below courtesy of Licadho.)
Since the arrest of all 23 Clean Clothes Campaign have been supporting the efforts of our partners in Cambodia including CLEC, C.CAWDU, Licadho and others in demanding their immediate release and the dropping of all charges.
- We have written to all the major brands that source from Cambodia including H&M, Adidas, Walmart and many more calling on them to use their power as key to the Cambodian Government to call for the immediate release and resumption of good faith wage negotiations.
- We have contacted Cambodian Ambassadors around the world calling on them to act.
- We have written the the EU Ambassador in Cambodia calling on him to take action.
- On January 10th and February 10th we joined activists around the world in a global days of solidarity.
- We have been working woth our partners in Cambodia and in global unions to continue to monitor the ongoing court case.
Since January only two of the 23 men have been released on bail. The rest have remained detained in one of Cambodia's notorious jails. They remain strong but for their families and supporters the wait goes on.
On April 25th in Phnom Penh the trial of all 23 was due to start, but after a morning of hearings the trial was postponed to May 6th.
When the trial resumed on May 6th we were disappointed to see that once again the trial was postponed until May 20th.