prisons

Families in Dark as Covid-19 Spreads in Siem Reap Prison

Twenty-six female inmates at the Siem Reap Provincial Prison have further tested positive for Covid-19, as family members of jailed rapper Kea Sokun as well as opposition activist Mao Sarin said they hadn’t seen their jailed relatives in months and were concerned for their health.

The gates of Prey Sar prison's Correctional Center 1 in Phnom Penh. (Chorn Chanren/VOD)

Covid-19 Infections Spread to Siem Reap Prison

Cases have now been announced in at least nine of the country’s 28 overcrowded prisons, as the Justice Ministry discusses measures to reduce inmate numbers by releasing those close to the end of their sentences. Ministry spokesperson Kim Santepheap said on Monday that Justice Minister Keut Rith was considering the decision.

The gates of Prey Sar prison’s Correctional Center 1 in Phnom Penh. (Chorn Chanren/VOD)

10 to 20 Percent of Inmates Got Covid-19 at Infected Prisons

Ten to 20 percent of inmates at infected prisons — likely thousands of prisoners — were found with Covid-19, as a prison official said that weeks of concealing the extent of the outbreak was about preventing riots and protecting prison guards.

Vehicles to transport defendants from the Phnom Penh Municipal Court to prison on February 4, 2021. (Ouch Sony/VOD)

Two More Prisons Found With Covid-19, No Update on Numbers

New inmates arriving to Banteay Meanchey and Svay Rieng provincial prisons tested positive for Covid-19 — in the latter case, after being in contact with nearly 50 people — with the disease now having spread to at least seven prisons.