Crime and law enforcement
GDP seeking solution to Ratanakkiri prison land dispute
The General Department of Prisons (GDP) is planning to establish an ad-hoc working group to cooperate with the Ratanakkiri Provincial Administration to find a solution to a land dispute concerning the provincial prison. The announcement followed a December report by a local online media outlet on ...
Appeal Court upholds convictions over Sihanoukville building collapse in which 28 died
Phnom Penh Appeal Court yesterday upheld the convictions of four Chinese nationals and a Vietnamese man who were jailed from two to three years each last year in connection with the deadly collapse of a seven-storey building in Sihanoukville on June 23 2019. ...
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Rights groups appeal for prisons testing, as Hun Sen solicits vaccine funds
Three international and domestic rights groups said the government must test prisoners who may have been exposed to an Interior Ministry official who had the disease, with Prime Minister Hun Sen focused on soliciting funds for vaccine acquisitions. ...
National Assembly to discuss Vietnam prisoner exchange treaty
The draft law on transfer of convicted inmate treaty between Cambodia and Vietnam will be debated at the National Assembly’s special sitting next week, the first-ever treaty the Kingdom has with a foreign country. ...
Final phase of Life Long Learning Program in Prisons launched
The third and final phase of the prison library project was launched yesterday. The project started in 2012 and it aims to give access to libraries and other educational services to more than 30,000 detainees in the 27 prisons throughout the Kingdom. ...
Call for female bail review after prisoner’s baby dies
The Ministry of Interior’s General Department of Prisons spokesman Nuth Savna announced that it is conducting investigations into the death of a five-month-old baby who had been living with her mother in Correctional Centre II (Prey Sar). ...
Two jailed over torture death
Two Banteay Meanchey Military Police officials on Sunday were charged and sent to jail for the torture and murder of Tuy Sros last month. Sar Bunsoeung, Banteay Meanchey deputy Military Police chief, and Chay Rathna, an assistant to the Anti-Drug Bureau of the provincial Military Police, ...
Prison department dismisses rights violations report
The General Department of Prisons has dismissed a report made by rights group Licadho which claimed there are violations of basic human rights in the Kingdom’s prisons. ...
New Prey Sar block set to open
A new Prey Sar prison building – part of the scrapped VIP prison project – was handed over to the Ministry of Interior’s General Department of Prisons on Friday and will be put into operation soon. ...
Fifteen years' jail for construction deaths under new law
King Norodom Sihamoni has signed off on a new law that will see unlicensed construction company officials punished with a maximum of 15 years in prison if a worker is to die due to negligence. ...
Cambodia scraps pay-to-stay ‘hotel’ prison plans
The Cambodian government is abolishing a controversial “hotel” prison project, according to Ministry of Interior officials. The government had announced earlier this month that it would soon open the new prison facilities, in which inmates can pay to stay. The facilities are said to be ...
Former chief bodyguard receives royal pardon
The former chief bodyguard of late Senate president Chea Sim has received a royal pardon nearly eight years after he was sentenced to 15 years behind bars on several charges, according to a royal decree dated November 12, last year, and obtained by The Post ...
Journos: Drop RFA charges
Some 40 local and international journalists from several media outlets in Cambodia released an open letter on Thursday, calling for the court to drop charges against two former Radio Free Asia (RFA) reporters. The call comes following the release of journalists Uon Chhin and Yeang ...
Government aims to take children out of prisons
The government on Friday launched several strategies to protect juvenile offenders, including removing them from prisons to be put into rehabilitation centres, a move also aimed at reducing congestion in prisons. ...
‘Slow process causes overcrowding’
On Tuesday, Minister of the Interior Sar Kheng said slow judicial procedures and an ongoing crackdown on drugs are causing an increase in inmates in Cambodian prisons, resulting in serious concerns over prisoner welfare. ...
Government to address prison issues
Prime Minister Hun Sen will allow the ministries of Interior and Justice, and relevant institutions to convene with the aim of solving the problem of prison overcrowding. Interior Minister Sar Kheng requested the meeting due to the rapid increase in convicted felons, according to Chin ...
NGO: Use bail to tackle ‘appalling’ overcrowding
The number of people being held in Cambodian prisons has reached epidemic proportions, leading to overcrowding and corruption, and causing families to suffer unnecessarily, claims a report by local NGO Licadho. However, Ministry of Justice spokesman Chin Malin rejected the findings, saying the rise in ...
Outrage at ‘Adhoc 5’ hearing as key witnesses absent and verdict looms
The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Tuesday resumed the trial of the “Adhoc 5,” the name for a group of rights activists accused of bribing a hairdresser to lie about an alleged romantic relationship with jailed opposition leader Kem Sokha. The full-day hearing proceeded without ...
Sar Kheng: Sokha requested security
Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Sunday revealed the story behind the transfer of former opposition party leader Kem Sokha from Trapaing Phlong prison in Tbong Khmum province to his house in the capital. Speaking at the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) headquarters in Prey Veng ...
Release of Sokha on bail ‘amounts to house arrest’
Former president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) Kem Sokha was released from prison on Monday on court-supervised bail due to unspecified health conditions, with one of his lawyers saying the conditions set were so strict they amounted to house arrest. ...
Sokha released with conditions
Opposition leader Kem Sokha was released on bail this morning after more than a year in pre-trial detention at Trapiang Thlong prison, also known as Correctional Centre 3 (CC3). He was held on treason charges. One of his lawyers Chan Chen confirmed the release and ...
Europe to discuss Kem Sokha’s detention
The European Parliament is set to hold urgent debates on selected human rights, democracy and rule of law topics on Thursday in Strasbourg, France, a briefing released by the body said last week. Discussion on Cambodia will centre on the imprisonment of court-dissolved Cambodia National ...