So Metta, an activist for nationalist group Khmer Thavrak, left Cambodia on December 17 with two sisters, saying she did not feel safe in the country. She was staying at a pagoda in Thailand, and had applied for asylum status. Metta, born Eng Malai, has been active for Khmer Thavrak and faced jail time in 2020 and 2021. Once as she observed a NagaWorld workers protest in the capital. At the time, a man followed her as she took photos and said she would be killed if she didn’t stop her activities, she recalled. She was also threatened outside the Phnom Penh court and at a coffee shop in the city.