“As for the charges against me, I see them as further recognition that the regime sees my peaceful activism as a threat,” he told Reuters in a text.
Mother Nature’s Sun Ratha, 26, Ly Chandaravuth, 22, and Yim Leanghy, 32, were detained on June 16 while documenting runoff into the Tonle Sap river in Phnom Penh, human rights monitors Licadho said.
“The Cambodian government has relentlessly targeted Mother Nature Cambodia,” said Naly Pilorge, Licadho director.
“This marks an escalation with the outrageous charges of ‘plotting'”.
Government spokesman Phay Siphan said the government was applying the law and the defendants should “find a good lawyer to challenge this issue in the courtroom instead of fabricating the news”.
The United States last week scrapped a wildlife conservation program with Cambodia for what it said was a failure to tackle logging and intimidation of environmentalists.