Health of Detained Activist Deteriorating Behind Bars

Cambodia’s notoriously overcrowded prison system is taking its toll on the health of Khmer Thavrak’s Eng Malai, while the UN releases a report on intimidation and reprisals experienced by human rights defenders.

Eng Malai, a member of the youth activist group Khmer Thavrak, is now facing health problems after being jailed in Prey Sa Prison, her younger sister reported. Malai, also known as So Meta, was arrested on Sept. 7 for taking part in a peaceful protest.

Sing Vanndy, the younger sister of Malai said that on Sept. 25, she visited Malai in prison, where she saw her sister’s health has deteriorated.

“Her skin is reddened, all over her body, she was very stressed because she thinks too much [about the her family],” Vanddy said. “The place she is staying makes sleep very difficult, there is not enough food, she does not get enough rest as there are a lot of people in the same cell, I am very worried about my sister’s health.”

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