Cambodia’s prison population ‘doubles in six years’

The number of inmates held in Cambodia’s prisons has more than doubled since 2015 with 38,977 prisoners being held in facilities designed to hold up to 8,804 amid insufficient sleeping space and a lack of clean water and fresh air, according to the United Nations Human Rights Committee.

A committee report, covering the period from June 1, 2020, to May 31, 2021, found the prisons were operating at 343 percent capacity.

The report was concluded in September and discussed in Geneva late last week at a meeting under the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

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