torture

Statement: Destination Justice Welcomes Action Taken by the Authorities Over the Two Brothers Charged with Torture and Acts of Cruelty in Prey Veng Province

[metaslider id=5121] Destination Justice welcomes the decision of the Prey Veng Provincial Court on 30 August 2014, to charge two brothers with torture and acts of cruelty after they allegedly held a 14-year old boy’s head repeatedly in a container of water. The unnamed boy was suspected by the brothers of stealing four coconuts from their property. Destination Justice trusts that due process will be followed in the brothers’ case and it will be conducted in a fair and transparent manner. A day after the initial incident took place in Pea Reang district, Prey Veng province, the two brothers – Heng Vanny, 28, and Heng Dane, 34 – were arrested on 29 August 2014, after Heng Dane posted a picture of the punishment to his Facebook account. The picture portrayed the boy with his hand...

Update on the Legal and Institutional Framework for the Protection of All Persons Deprived of their Liberty

Summary A person is deprived of his or her liberty when he or she is detained, either lawfully or unlawfully. Over ten million people are currently detained around the world by means of incarceration or imprisonment. However, other forms of detention include institutionalization for mental health reasons and detention due to migrant status. The failure to adequately protect the rights of those deprived of their liberty is a major roadblock in providing equal access to justice to all people. Whether a deprivation of liberty is arbitrary or legitimate, international human rights laws, standards, and other mechanisms provide certain protections to those deprived of their liberty. These protections aim to prevent abuses of those who have been deprived of their liberty, such as torture, neglect...