Cambodia’s premier Hun Sen, launched his own anti-drugs campaign in 2017, inspired by the controversial war on drugs waged by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. According to the Cambodian government, the campaign aims to reduce drug use and the related harm it causes. The campaign also includes arresting people who use drugs as part of its strategy.
Using far less deadly tactics than in the Philippines, the crackdown was still rather aggressive in the kingdom. Back in March, Sar Kheng, Cambodia’s Interior Minister called for legal action against all “drug addicts and dealers in small-scale drug use and distribution cases.”
Nevertheless, the campaign has proven to be effective. In 2017, Cambodian police managed to make more than 17,700 drug-related arrests. This number was a whopping 80 percent increase compared to the previous year before Cambodia’s war on drugs.