From a report on political imprisonment and torture in Kampuchea (Cambodia), published in June by Amnesty International:
In attempts to extract "confessions" of opposition activity or information about opponents of the Peoples Republic of Kampuchea, officials in detention centers throughout Kampuchea reportedly often torture political prisoners.
Methods of torture described to Amnesty International as being used since 1979 include beatings with truncheons, sharp-edged wooden staves and iron bars and whippings with chains and rubber hoses. Near-suffocation with plastic bags, near-drowning in vats of water, burial alive and forced ingestion of irritant liquids have also been reported. . . . In addition, former prisoners have testified that their interrogators administered electric shocks, burned them with hot irons, and forced them into petrol drums, which were then . . . repeatedly struck from the outside. The high noise level causes pain and disorientation.
Amnesty International has received information on more than 160 cases in which agents of the PRK's civil police, military and other security services allegedly tortured political prisoners during interrogation. According to the organization's information, Vietnamese advisers are sometimes present during torture sessions and occasionally participate directly in the torture of detainees held in prisons administered by the PRK authorities. . . .
Although the PRK promulgated legislation in March 1986 that prohibits torture, the practice allegedly continues. To Amnesty International's knowledge, no PRK officials have been prosecuted for committing torture, and no PRK legislation prohibits Kampuchean judicial bodies from considering "confessions" obtained under torture.