Freed Opposition Activist Decries Mistreatment of Political Prisoners at Prey Sar

An activist with Cambodia’s banned opposition party who was released from prison last week after serving his year-long sentence for “incitement” and “cursing public officials” has called on the government to improve conditions in his former jail, saying guards routinely mistreat political prisoners.

Kea Visal, a member of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) who spent 12 months at notorious Prey Sar Prison in the capital Phnom Penh prior to his release on Sept. 18, told RFA’s Khmer Service that he was routinely harassed by guards who stripped him naked on his arrival and placed him in solitary confinement for two weeks, during which they only provided him with gruel to eat.

He compared food at the prison to “pig feed” and suggested that guards there discriminated against political prisoners by denying them rights afforded other inmates, such as using cellphones, as part of a campaign of repression.

In full: https://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/prisons-09212020165954.html

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