Malaysian Government Denies Abuse Claims

Central, the labor group, says it informed the Cambodian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur about the two women’s claims in June and was told by embassy staff that they lacked the resources to investigate.

Malaysian Government Denies Abuse Claims

Malaysia’s Immigration Department said this week that allegations of severe physical abuse of women at a government-run detention center were false, while the country’s human rights body will launch its own investigation into the claims, according to Malaysian media reports.

The allegations came from two Cambodian women who say they were repeatedly hit and kicked by guards at Malaysia’s Juru detention center and saw fellow inmates, including other Cambodians, die there—possibly from their injuries. The Cambodia Daily spoke with one of the women last month. Labor rights group Central, which flew both women home in mid-June, said it spoke with the second woman as well, and that she corroborated the account of the first.

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