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sm<½n§ExµrCMerOnnigkarBarsiT§imnusS lIkadU Mailing Address: P.O.

Box 499

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Main Office: #16, Street 99


LICADHO Khan Chamkar Morn, Phnom Penh

CAMBODIAN LEAGUE FOR THE PROMOTION Fax: (855) 727 102/217 626
AND DEFENSE OF HUMAN RIGHTS Website: http://www/.licadho-cambodia.org

E-mail: contact@licadho-cambodia.org

Media Statement

LICADHO to Mark International Children’s Day with Prison Visits

Phnom Penh (June 1, 2011) – LICADHO and friends will mark International
Children’s Day on June 1, 2011 by distributing food and materials to children and
pregnant women in 14 of Cambodia’s prisons.

In cooperation with prison department at Ministry of Interior, LICADHO will also


hold special Children’s Day events at Correctional Center 2 (“CC2”) and Takhmao
prisons. The events at CC2 and Takhmao will include games, prizes and guest
speakers who will discuss children’s issues.

Some 730 juvenile prisoners were incarcerated in Cambodia’s 25 prisons as of April


2011, according to government statistics. The General Department of Prisons defines
juvenile prisoners as those who were between ages 14 and 17 when they committed
their crime; they may continue to be classified as juvenile prisoners if they reach
their 18th birthday in prison. Fourteen is the age of criminal responsibility in
Cambodia.

Cambodia’s prisons are also home to approximately 14 pregnant women and nearly
40 children who live with their incarcerated mothers. Children are permitted to stay
with their mothers in prison until the age of six.

With Cambodia’s prison overcrowding crisis already stretching prison budgets thin,
children often bear the brunt of the system’s dysfunction. In most provincial prisons,
for example, minor prisoners are fully integrated with the adult population. Food
rations are inadequate and medical care is often non-existent.

“Prisons, in general, are no place for children and juveniles,” said LICADHO
president Dr. Pung Chhiv Kek. “The system is totally incapable of providing for a
child’s basic needs – education, proper nutrition, medical care, and so on. The
experience is more likely to harden juveniles than rehabilitate them.”

Distribution packets will include food, toothbrushes, bacterial soap, toys, combs, and
other essential items. LICADHO and friends plans to distribute up to 1,200 packages
to juvenile prisoners, children living in prison with their mothers, pregnant women
and the children of prison guards.

The distributions will take place at the following prisons: Takhmao, CC2, Bantey
Meanchey, Battambang, Kampong Chhnang, Pursat, Siem Reap, Svay Rieng,

Licadho Offices: Phnom Penh: (023) 727 102/360 965  Battambang: (053) 952 828  Banteay Meanchey: (054) 958 861  Koh Kong (035) 936 116
 Kompong Cham (042) 941 464  Kompong Chhnang (026) 988 637  Kompong Speu: (025) 987 220  Kompong Thom: (062) 961 292
 Kompot (033) 932 663  Pursat (052) 951 496  Siem Reap: (063) 964 066  Sihanoukville (034) 933 716  Svay Rieng (044) 945 833
sm<½n§ExµrCMerOnnigkarBarsiT§imnusS lIkadU Mailing Address: P.O. Box 499

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Main Office: #16, Street 99


LICADHO Khan Chamkar Morn, Phnom Penh

CAMBODIAN LEAGUE FOR THE PROMOTION Fax: (855) 727 102/217 626
AND DEFENSE OF HUMAN RIGHTS Website: http://www/.licadho-cambodia.org

E-mail: contact@licadho-cambodia.org

Kampong Thom, Kampong Cham, Sihanoukville, Kampong Speu, Koh Kong and
Kampot.

To learn more about the plight of children in prison, please LICADHO’s report, “A
Review of the Conditions of Mothers, Pregnant Women and Young Children Living
in Ten Cambodian Prisons” (June 2010), available at http://www.licadho-
cambodia.org/reports.php?perm=141

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Pung Chhiv Kek, LICADHO President 012 940 645


Mr. Ham Sunrith, Deputy Director of Monitoring & Protection 012 988 959

Licadho Offices: Phnom Penh: (023) 727 102/360 965  Battambang: (053) 952 828  Banteay Meanchey: (054) 958 861  Koh Kong (035) 936 116
 Kompong Cham (042) 941 464  Kompong Chhnang (026) 988 637  Kompong Speu: (025) 987 220  Kompong Thom: (062) 961 292
 Kompot (033) 932 663  Pursat (052) 951 496  Siem Reap: (063) 964 066  Sihanoukville (034) 933 716  Svay Rieng (044) 945 833

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