Cambodia’s searing heat, crowded jails threaten inmates’ health

The overcrowded prison system which houses some 40,000 inmates nationwide also faces a scarcity of potable water.

Activists and family members of prison inmates in Cambodia have expressed concern over the deteriorating health of prisoners who suffer due to water shortages in the country’s overcrowded prisons..

Am Sam Ath, a member of the rights group Licadho, said their investigators have found several prisons without enough water, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported on April 30.

“If the government doesn’t address the shortage soon, the number of health problems among prisoners will rise,” Ath said.

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