The U.N. has urged the government to establish an independent body to monitor the treatment of prisoners and detainees following a five-day visit to Cambodia by the U.N.’s subcommittee on the prevention of torture (SPT). As a party to the optional protocol to the U.N. Convention Against Torture, Cambodia was obligated to establish an independent torture-monitoring body—known as a National Preventative Mechanism —within a year of ratifying the protocol in 2007. However, thus far it has created only an interim committee to prevent torture headed by Interior Minister Sar Kheng—an arrangement that the SPT says falls short of acceptable standards.
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