Prison Conditions for Officials Are Better, CNRP Says

CNRP lawmakers who visited their colleagues in Phnom Penh’s Prey Sar prison on Thursday said the health care and security situation at the facility had improved for opposition figures jailed there.

“The prison has been reorganized,” said Long Ry, who was among four CNRP lawmakers who visited a jailed parliamentarian, senator and commune chief.

“The political prisoners are receiving good health care after we requested it a month ago,” he said, adding that drug offenders and serious criminals were now being held separately from other inmates.

After visiting 15 imprisoned CNRP officials and activists last week, Mr. Ry said the party was concerned about the recent beating of a prisoner by other inmates, and a lack of medical access and visiting time with families.

The opposition figures are among about 30 political prisoners currently serving prison sentences or in pretrial detention, according to rights group Licadho.

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