Life in Cambodia, a child rights activist, expresses concern after finding nearly 1,800 children in prison Cambodia, a place for detaining adult offenders. The organization promotes the implementation of measures to refer minors to centers that provide education, rehabilitation and rehabilitation.
A new research report by Life in Cambodia, obtained by the Post today, will be released on February 20. And Social Justice Day show that juvenile justice reform in Cambodia has not yet been implemented effectively as many children continue Sent to prison.
The research report found: “Nearly 1,800 children sleep in Cambodian prisons. It is even more shocking that Cambodian children are being held in adult prisons where they are awaiting trial. Thirty percent of children (540 out of 1,800) have not been convicted of a crime. Pre-trial detention should be limited to four months for 14- and 15-year-olds and six months for minors, the report said. 16 to 17 years.
Chhin Se, deputy director of Life in Cambodia, told the Post yesterday that the juvenile justice law was enacted last year. 2016 has not been fully implemented, especially on diversion measures.
"Diversion measures are the main goal that children do not have to go through the judiciary or go to jail," he said. This measure facilitates all children to turn them out of the judiciary out of prison. No. "But it has not yet been applied to the sub-national level, which is implementing all those principles."
In connection with this research, Mr. Chhin Se said that most of the children in prison are involved in non-violent crimes, consumption and trafficking. Drug exchange and theft.
"Recently, the government has been campaigning against drugs. We have seen a huge increase in the number of children being sent to other countries," he said. Prison. I acknowledge that the implementation of this campaign has been effective in cracking down on drug users. "But increasing the number of children (related to drugs) in prisons, while the current prisons are already overcrowded."
"It's a disappointment because we are in a trance," said Billy Gitter, executive director of Life in Cambodia. There has been no decrease in the number of children sent to prison, despite plans for reform. Even though it is big. ”
Justice Ministry spokesman Chin Malin told the Post today that he could not yet judge the number of children in prison. Not found by this organization. But he said that obviously Cambodian legal measures always consider children.
"Generally, the law does not allow children to stay with their mothers in prison, unless there are other means, as in some cases, children Outside, there is no caregiver. Thus, the child can be allowed to stay with the temporary mother, but not more than 3 years old. When children are over 3 years old, they are sent to orphanages and other centers that can take care of children.
He said that Cambodia always thinks about the development of education, education and child care, it is unless there is no other choice. Mr. Jean Malin points out that in general, the juvenile justice law deals with minors who are in conflict with the law. In this sense, he said: "It means that he is a minor, but he has an age that can be criminally responsible, such as age. 14. Thus, in principle, the law of punishment, they think of the mechanism of education, correction and rehabilitation. "The law takes into account the situation of minors and detention is the last resort."
The Post has not been able to obtain further comment from prison spokesman Nuth Savana today, saying he was arrested. Busy.
Life in Cambodia considers detention to be detrimental to children and to have long-term effects on physical and road health Mind their family and social and economic relationships.
According to the latest statistics, there are 1,796 children living in prisons, including 86 girls. In a follow-up report, Life in Cambodia worked closely with authorities and communities in Siem Reap and found 13 children The percentage of the total number of prison inmates in this province is the highest percentage compared to other provincial prisons.