Luon Sovath, known for his work as a human rights defender, is an active advocate against forced evictions in Cambodia. He works filming and recording events, writing songs and poems documenting the continuing struggle of the Cambodian people. Through his peaceful actions he shares important information denouncing human rights abuses relating to forced evictions.
He himself was directly affected by a forced eviction, when in March 2009 he saw his family and fellow villagers lose vital farmland to a powerful businessman. During the eviction four villagers were shot and seriously injured when trying to defend their farmland.
His work is not without risk; he regularly faces threats, intimidation, and arrests. In September 2011, he was ordered by the Supreme Patriarch Non Nget to leave his pagoda in Phnom Penh and banned from all pagodas in the capital. Again in May 2012, monks and plain-clothes policeman arrested him while he was documenting a protest against the imprisonment of 13 Boeung Kak villagers.