Mr. Chut Wutty. Photo by Mathieu Young.
Forest Activist Killed by Military Police in Cambodia
This past weekend, the killing of activist Chut Wutty and his tireless efforts to protect the Prey Lang forest and the environment of Cambodia received some high profile coverage on a New York Times Blog. Hopefully this story will gain traction, and with international pressure, our demands for an investigation into Chut Wutty's shooting will be heard.
"A little more than a week ago, the Cambodian forest activist Chut Wutty died under circumstances for which officials have already provided three different accounts.
He was with two journalists in the Cardamom Mountains in Cambodia, taking photos and collecting evidence of illegal logging when he was stopped by the military police. There was an altercation, and somebody opened fire. Mr. Chut Wutty, who carried a pistol with him because of frequent harassment and death threats, was shot, and a military police officer was killed as well. The two journalists with Mr. Chut Wutty, according to reports, dived for cover and were unable to witness the actual shooting."
The death of Mr. Chut Wutty has led to a rally around the cause that the man had lived and died for. Help us continue the work of Chut Wutty by taking action to save the Prey Lang Forest of Cambodia.