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Unbowed by prison, young Cambodian activists vow to fight on

Phnom Penh pressured to release more prisoners as Asia-Europe meeting begins

From left, Mother Nature activists Long Kunthea, Phoun Keo Reaksmey, and Ly Chandaravuth pose at the Boeung Choeng Ek wetlands in Phnom Penh on Nov. 21, nine days after their release from prison. (Photo by Andy Ball)

PHNOM PENH -- If Cambodian authorities hoped to intimidate the next generation of activists by locking many of them up, it backfired.

At first, the idea of jail frightened 20-year-old student Phoun Keo Reaksmey. But after 14 months behind bars, the member of environmental activism group Mother Nature, says she's more committed to the cause and determined to make up for lost time.

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