Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Foreign Ministry denies maid’s claims of abuse

Foreign Ministry denies maid’s claims of abuse

Foreign Ministry denies maid’s claims of abuse

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has refuted allegations by a repatriated maid that Cambodians are being tortured to death at a detention centre in Malaysia.

In mid-June, NGO Central paid for the repatriation of two maids detained for working without papers or passports in Malaysia, according to executive director Moeun Tola.

One maid gave harrowing testimony – reported in the Cambodia Daily on Monday – of her time at the notorious Juru detention centre, where she claimed to have seen five Cambodians die of torture and that another four or five remained in custody.

In a statement issued last night, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the two repatriated maids did not raise torture allegations with embassy staff during their repatriation.

According to the statement, only one Cambodian, Sang Plath, died in custody this year at Juru and only one, Sok Kha of Kampong Cham, remains at the prison, adding that he is soon to be repatriated.

“Juru prison authorities deny allegations of attacks on prisoners and accusations that a number of Cambodians died from that torture,” it added.

In a text message last night, Tola said that the maids’ reluctance to share their accounts with embassy staff might be attributable to concerns for their security.

He added that rights violations and torture at Juru have been well-documented by the Malaysian Human Rights Commission as well as Malaysian NGOs.

MOST VIEWED

  • Cambodia’s image problem

    In opening remarks at a recent event, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Luy David said information can be a double-edged sword. He told a European Institute of Asian Studies (EIAS) briefing seminar that the media has unfairly presented

  • PM Hun Sen says dangers averted

    Delivering a campaign speech from his home via Facebook Live on Thursday, caretaker Prime Minister Hun Sen said his Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) had carried the country through danger in its latest mandate. He was specifically referring to the threat of a “colour revolution”

  • Kingdom's trade deal with EU questioned before poll

    A European Union (EU) mission met with senior government officials at the Ministry of Interior on Tuesday as the 28-member bloc monitors an agreement under which Cambodian goods reach the crucial European market tariff-free. Some 10 commissioners are in the Kingdom as part of a seven-day

  • A new carrier takes off in capital

    Cambodia Airways, the latest passenger airline to enter the Kingdom, launched its first domestic flight on Tuesday. Flight KR801, carrying 145 passengers, left the Phnom Penh International Airport at 9:50am and landed in Siem Reap at 10:35am in an Airbus A319. Cambodia Airways marketing and branding