Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Red Cross pens prison guide

Red Cross pens prison guide

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Sunday handed out 1,200 booklets outlining internal regulations of the General Department of Prisons. ICRC

Red Cross pens prison guide

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Sunday handed out 1,200 booklets outlining internal regulations of the General Department of Prisons.

The booklets are in four languages – Vietnamese, Thai, Chinese and English – and intended as a guide for detainees on the rules of prison life in the Kingdom and their rights, said an ICRC press release. The booklets will be distributed to all 28 prisons across Cambodia.

The handover ceremony took place at the General Department of Prisons and was attended by ICRC deputy prison project coordinator Chyngyz Rayimbekor and General Department of Prisons director-general Chan Kimseng.

Rayimbekor said the purpose is to support the General Department of Prisons to facilitate the foreign prisoners, which make up about five per cent of the total prison population in Cambodia.

It is also to help prisoners understand the law and regulations while imprisoned in Cambodia.

“Foreign prisoners are classified as vulnerable due to many factors, particularly language barriers. Because of this, the group shall be considered as special, just like women, minors, the elderly and the disabled,” Rayimbekor said.

The General Department of Prisons posted Kimseng’s speech on Facebook. In it, he said the ICRC always gives direct aid to the General Department of Prisons and the booklets serve an important tool to educate foreign detainees about Cambodia’s prisons.

Kimseng said: “One of the purposes which we have tried to achieve in the last two years is to translate important documents for foreign prisoners. I’m pleased that everybody can understand the law and prison regulations.”

In this last few weeks, ICRC also supported the General Department of Prisons in terms of preventing the spread of Covid-19 by providing hygiene facilities, hygienic healthcare and training that included cleaning with chlorine, checking for Covid-19 symptoms and reporting potential patients to prison staff.

MOST VIEWED

  • Hong Kong firm done buying Coke Cambodia

    Swire Coca-Cola Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hong Kong-listed Swire Pacific Ltd, on November 25 announced that it had completed the acquisition of The Coca-Cola Co’s bottling business in Cambodia, as part of its ambitions to expand into the Southeast Asian market. Swire Coca-Cola affirmed

  • Cambodia's Bokator now officially in World Heritage List

    UNESCO has officially inscribed Cambodia’s “Kun Lbokator”, commonly known as Bokator, on the World Heritage List, according to Minister of Culture and Fine Arts Phoeurng Sackona in her brief report to Prime Minister Hun Sen on the night of November 29. Her report, which was

  • NagaWorld union leader arrested at airport after Australia trip

    Chhim Sithar, head of the Labour Rights Supported Union of Khmer Employees at NagaWorld integrated casino resort, was arrested on November 26 at Phnom Penh International Airport and placed in pre-trial detention after returning from a 12-day trip to Australia. Phnom Penh Municipal Court Investigating Judge

  • Sub-Decree approves $30M for mine clearance

    The Cambodian government established the ‘Mine-Free Cambodia 2025 Foundation’, and released an initial budget of $30 million. Based on the progress of the foundation in 2023, 2024 and 2025, more funds will be added from the national budget and other sources. In a sub-decree signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen

  • Two senior GDP officials defect to CPP

    Two senior officials of the Grassroots Democratic Party (GDP) have asked to join the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), after apparently failing to forge a political alliance in the run-up to the 2023 general election. Yang Saing Koma, chairman of the GDP board, and Lek Sothear,

  • Cambodia's poverty cut in half from 2009 to 2019: World Bank report

    A report published by the World Bank on November 28 states that Cambodia’s national poverty rate fell by almost half between 2009 and 2019, but the Covid-19 pandemic recently reversed some of the poverty reduction progress. Cambodia’s poverty rate dropped from 33.8 to 17.8 per cent over the 10