Activist monk flees Cambodia after threats from Facebook smear campaign

Luon Sovath, a Cambodian monk and rights activist who fled Cambodia, works on his computer in Bangkok, on July 2, 2020. PHOTO: NYTIMES
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BANGKOK (NYTIMES) - In just four days, the reputation of a Buddhist monk who had spent decades fighting for the human rights of Cambodians was destroyed.

First, grainy videos appeared on a fake Facebook page, claiming that he had slept with three sisters and their mother. Then a government-controlled religious council defrocked the monk for having violated Buddhist precepts of celibacy.

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