Phu Quoc Prison (Vietnamese: Nhà tù Phú Quốc) is a prison in Phú Quốc, southern Vietnam (today it is in Kiên Giang Province. The prison was built in 1949–1950 by French colonialists as a place to detain political dissidents. During the Vietnam War, it was used for detention of captured Viet Cong and North Vietnamese soldiers. Many of the high ranking leaders of Vietnam were detained here. It is ranked a special historical relic of national significance by the government of Vietnam. The most famous site in this prison are the "tiger cages" (vi:"chuồng cọp"). The prison covers an area of 40,000 square metres (0.015 sq mi).
The prison was closed after the country united, but is currently open for visitors.
Restored model of the Tiger's Cage in the Phu Quoc Prison
Model of a type of torture, a communist POW is boiled
Abusive Treatment of POWs in Phu Quoc PrisonEdit
A Red Cross team visited Phu Quoc Prison in 1969 and 1972. Inspections from the ICRC found that many POWs showed signs of inadequate food supplies, poor medical care, and physical beatings.
- ^ International Review of the Red Cross, March 1969, 9th year, No 96. , p. 130
- ^ International Review of the Red Cross, March 1969, 12th year, No 144. , p. 658
- ^ Springer, Paul Joseph, 1975- (2006). American prisoner of war policy and practice from the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror. [Texas A & M University]. p. 241. OCLC 74172561.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)