Reports of abuse at camp untrue, says watchdog

Source: FMT News

All CCTVs at the depot however not functional since 2014 and conditions have been described as "derelict, and bursting at its seams" by the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission. Pic taken from FMT News

All CCTVs at the depot however not functional since 2014 and conditions have been described as “derelict, and bursting at its seams” by the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission. Pic taken from FMT News

PUTRAJAYA: Reports of inmate abuse and resulting deaths at an immigration detention depot in Penang are not true, an enforcement agencies’ watchdog here said today.

Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) Chairman Yaacob Md Sam said it made a “surprise visit” to the Juru detention centre earlier this week and found the allegations of “bashing and killing” were baseless.

“Based on our investigations, claims that five Cambodian women and two Vietnamese women were hurt due to the excessive use of force by immigration officers at the Juru depot have been found to be baseless.

“There were only 10 women in detention and only one of them was from Cambodia,” he said in a statement today.

Cambodian newspaper The Cambodia Daily reported earlier this month that three female inmates were beaten to death, with another four dying in hospital. They based this report on a Cambodian woman who was recently repatriated from the depot. Read more

Suhakam also to examine Juru torture claim

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Tan Sri Razali Ismail, Chairman of the Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) — NST FIle pic

Tan Sri Razali Ismail, Chairman of the Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) — NST FIle pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 18 ― Reports of alleged torture and killings at the Immigration detention centre in Juru, Penang will be investigated by the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam), chairman Tan Sri Razali Ismail said today.

However, he stressed that he was “not pointing fingers” at any parties over the claims of abuse against female detainees at the centre, which allegedly caused the deaths of some inmates.

“We will investigate because that is under our mandate,” he told reporters at the sidelines of the Civil Society Conference and National Security here today.

The Cambodia Daily Monday quoted a Cambodian woman recently detained at the centre as alleging abuse and claiming that at least  seven other detainees from Cambodia and Vietnam were beaten to death there.

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After fatal torture claim, Cambodia orders search in Penang detention centre

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 17 ― Following eyewitness accounts of allegedly fatal torture at the Juru detention centre in Penang, Cambodia has ordered its embassy here to locate its remaining nationals in the depot.

The claims of fatal abuse reportedly surfaced after Cambodian labour rights group Central paid sent home two Cambodian women who had worked in Malaysia as maids before they were detained in the detention centre.

According to one of the women, she said police arrested her this January after she fled from her latest employer due to alleged physical abuse, adding that she was then placed at the Juru detention depot for migrant workers.

“At the prison, I was beaten and kicked for not understanding the prison officers well,” the women who had worked for two years in Malaysia was quoted saying by Cambodia’s The Cambodia Daily.

She reportedly claimed that the torture of the detainees took place as they did not know Bahasa Malaysia and did not understand the depot officials, adding that she was “luckier” than the rest as she could speak some English and Malay. Read more