Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - New prison secure, but lacks water: org



New prison secure, but lacks water: org

Authorities use a truck to transfer prisoners to a new prison in Kampot yesterday. The rights group Licadho, however, contends the new prison is poorly situated and lacks clean water.
Authorities use a truck to transfer prisoners to a new prison in Kampot yesterday. The rights group Licadho, however, contends the new prison is poorly situated and lacks clean water. Photo supplied

New prison secure, but lacks water: org

The almost 400 inmates held in Kampot Provincial Prison were transferred yesterday to a new facility, which officials say is better fit for purpose but a local rights group claims lacks any clean water.

Em Bo, the director of Kampot’s provincial facility, said 374 inmates were transferred from the Teuk Chhou district compound to a newly constructed facility about 17 kilometres away.

“The old prison was too narrow. The new one is large and it also has a well and pond to use,” he said following the transfer. “We have sent them there and there is no problem.”

About 50 armed police joined prison guards in transferring the inmates, who were moved, along with their belongings, in seven trucks.

Morm Kesey, Kampot’s provincial coordinator for local rights group Licadho who observed the move, said the new prison should mean there are fewer escapes than there were at the old decrepit facility.

“In the past, the prisoners used to jump off the fence, and sometimes they escaped on the way to the court,” he said. “While the building work was happening, two prisoners escaped and they have not been recaptured yet.”

The two men, Sun Srean, 46, and So Ngok, 29, escaped in September last year while taking part in constructing the new prison.

Kesey urged the prison to deploy more security guards at its new site to avoid further escapes.

He also highlighted issues inside the remote facility, which included the lack of clean water or a place to dump trash.

“This new prison is located far away from the provincial town; it has no clean water and is next to the mountain. This can make the prisoners face many diseases,” he said.

In Phnom Penh’s Prey Sar prison, an almost year-long water shortage led to ill health and fighting among inmates, as prison staff cashed in on clean water being trucked into the facility.

According to sources at Prey Sar, inmates were forced to pay up to $15 a month for clean water.

Kuy Bunsorn, director of the Ministry of Interior’s General Department of Prisons, could not be reached yesterday.

MOST VIEWED

  • Phnom Penh curfew starts today

    A two-week curfew from 8pm to 5am starts today in Phnom Penh, a day after a sub-decree detailing administrative measures to contain Covid-19 was issued by Prime Minister Hun Sen. “Travelling in Phnom Penh is temporally banned between 8pm and 5am,” said Phnom Penh governor

  • Cambodia on the verge of national tragedy, WHO warns

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia warned that the country had reached another critical point amid a sudden, huge surge in community transmission cases and deaths. “We stand on the brink of a national tragedy because of Covid-19. Despite our best efforts, we are

  • Cambodia gears up for muted New Year festival

    The recent curfew and restrictions imposed in the capital and other Covid-19 hotspots were intended to break the chain of transmission, Ministry of Health spokeswoman Or Vandine said as municipal and provincial authorities issued new directives banning certain activities during the upcoming Khmer New Year

  • Vaccination open to foreigners in Cambodia

    The Ministry of Health on April 8 issued an announcement on Covid-19 vaccination for foreigners residing and working in Cambodia, directing the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training and local authorities to register them. Health minister Mam Bun Heng, who is also head of the inter-ministerial

  • Time to Rise by rapper, chapei legend is viral hit with ancient-modern mix

    Kong Nay is known internationally as the master of the chapei dang veng, a traditional Cambodian instrument resembling a long-necked lute or guitar with two nylon strings that he was already playing professionally by the age of 15. Nay is sometimes referred to as the Cambodian

  • Cambodia set for large-scale vaccination campaign as Covid spreads

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed all provincial authorities to get ready for a large-scale vaccination campaign, with at least one million doses to be administered per month. “We will roll out at least one million doses. The vaccines we have purchased and received as