Briefing Paper

Comments and Recommendations on Inter-Ministerial Prakas on the Prohibition of Using Prison Labor for Producing Export Goods

May 9, 2012 - In December 2011, Cambodia enacted a new Law on Prisons, which now serves as the Kingdom's primary legal authority on the prison system.

LICADHO and others urged the National Assembly to amend Article 71, a provision in the law which permitted private firms to employ prisoners as employees, but it was ultimately passed without changes.

Three months after the passage of the law, the Royal Government of Cambodia has taken a modest step toward correcting the flaws in Article 71 of the prison law. On March 19, 2012, the government issued an "Inter-ministerial Prakas on the Prohibition of Using Prison Labor for Producing Export Goods."

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