Social Issues
Illicit drugs confiscated by authorities (Chorn Chanren/VOD)

Meth Is More Cheap, Pure and Widely Available in Cambodia, UN Reports

Methamphetamine, long one of the nation’s most abused drugs, has become more affordable, pure and available in Cambodia as organized crime groups move precursor chemicals across borders and flood the region with cheap synthetic drugs, according to a new U.N. report.

The rear windows of a formerly used building at the Prey Speu detention center in Phnom Penh, which were boarded shut so detainees could not escape through them. (Licadho)

‘Failed’ Anti-Drug Campaign Breeds Rights Violations, Amnesty Says

The government’s anti-drug crusade since 2017 has resulted in “serious and systematic” human rights violations against drug users rather than achieving its goal of reducing drug use in the country, rights watchdog Amnesty International said in a new report.

A motorbike driver waits for customers outside the Health Ministry in Phnom Penh on March 19, 2020. (Chorn Chanren/VOD)

Ministry Urges Covid-19 Precautions as Restaurants Reopen

The Health Ministry on Monday warned citizens to follow hygienic practices and avoid restaurants that fail to take precautions against the spread of Covid-19 as Cambodia nears a month without identifying a single new coronavirus infection.

Mixed bamboo and semi-evergreen forest in Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary in November 2018 (Wikimedia Commons)

Indigenous People Protest Over Farmland in Keo Seima Sanctuary

More than 200 indigenous people in Mondulkiri province’s Keo Seima district protested on Tuesday for access to farmland inside a wildlife sanctuary, which the Environment Ministry banned them from last month, citing conservation laws.

A health worker wears protective equipment during a checkup clinic for garment workers at Chumpouvoan High School in Phnom Penh on April 20, 2020. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Covid-19 Testing Drops by Half as No New Cases Reported for 22 Days

About 800 samples were tested for Covid-19 in Cambodia last week — less than half of the number tested the week before — while Health Ministry and WHO representatives on Monday said that the country remains at risk for outbreaks and needs to adjust to a “new normal.”

Activists submit a petition to the Health Ministry requesting alcohol-based sanitizers, face masks and other social support from the government on April 28, 2020. (Supplied)Activists submit a petition to the Health Ministry requesting alcohol-based sanitizers, face masks and other social support from the government on April 28, 2020. (Supplied)

Petitioners Held, Questioned After Requesting Debt Relief, Face Masks

Ten petitioners who called on the government this week to provide debt relief and protective health supplies to poor citizens were detained and questioned in Phnom Penh and Kampong Speu province, and then released after agreeing not to petition the state again.