Hy Vuthy, the President of the Free Trade Union of Workers of the Kingdom of Cambodia (FTUWKC) was shot dead by two unidentified assailants on his way home from work on 24 February 2007.
Hy Vuthy's killing is the latest act in a pattern of intimidation against FTUWKC members at the Suntex and Bright Sky garment factories in Phnom Penh. He is the fourth member of the FTUWKC to be killed in relation to his work with the trade union. Former Presidents of the FTUWKC, Chea Vichea and Ros Sovannareth, were both killed in similar attacks in 2004. Reportedly, Hy Vuthy’s widow has been the subject of intimidating behaviour since the killing of her husband. On the same evening as her husband's death her home was surrounded by unidentified men on motorbikes who hurled stones at her house, and on 25 February motorcycles again surrounded her house.