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A plainclothes police officer kneels on top of a man accused of buying drugs on June 29, 2020, in a screenshot of a video that was widely shared online (left). Phnom Penh Municipal Police Chief Sar Thet (right) (Phnom Penh Municipal Police)

Three Officers Warned Over Beating of Man Recorded in Viral Video

Three unnamed police officers in Phnom Penh received a written warning from the capital’s police chief this week after they were seen kicking and hitting a man in a widely shared social media video, which rights experts said warranted further investigation and potential consequences for the officers.

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.