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The rear windows of a formerly used building at the Prey Speu detention center in Phnom Penh, which were boarded shut so detainees could not escape through them. (Licadho)

‘Failed’ Anti-Drug Campaign Breeds Rights Violations, Amnesty Says

The government’s anti-drug crusade since 2017 has resulted in “serious and systematic” human rights violations against drug users rather than achieving its goal of reducing drug use in the country, rights watchdog Amnesty International said in a new report.

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Government ‘Unlikely’ to Probe Prison Baby’s Death, Official Says

The government’s human rights committee was “unlikely” to further investigate anyone responsible for the death of a 5-month-old baby who was living with her mother in prison, since the committee had already determined that the child died of “poor health,” its spokesman said.

A new prison building on the Prey Sar prison compound in Phnom Penh following its completion in November 2019. (Supplied)

Planned Private Prison Transferred to Government Control

A new prison building that was to have been reserved for rich inmates willing to pay to be detained in relative comfort has been put under government control, the Interior Ministry’s prisons department spokesman said.