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Prison Department dismisses Licadho’s prison report

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Inmates sit at Prey Sar prison in Phnom Penh. KT/Mai Vireak

Interior Ministry’s General Department of Prisons has denied the report made by right group Licadho which claimed there are violations of basic human rights in the Kingdom’s prisons.

Licadho on Monday released a summary titled “Life in Prison: A Mother’s Story” along with a video of interviews it conducted and claimed life is extremely harsh for people incarcerated in the Kingdom’s prisons.

In its statement issued late Tuesday, the GDP said that summary of Licadho was not reflective of real situation of the Kingdom’s prisons.

“Recently, Licadho produced a video and publicly shared the problem raised by a woman who claimed to be a former prisoner,” the statement said. “It does not reflect the truth about general situation of prison management across the country.”

It said that the GDP has taken care of all inmates, noting that the department has done transparent and responsible work.

“In order to continue the spirit of partnership, Licadho should raise the issues that it considers necessary and needs to discuss it with relevant partners before publishing a one-sided opinion,” it added.

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