In January 2017 the Cambodian government launched a massive anti-drug campaign. The campaign’s overwhelming emphasis on detention and prosecution – rather than protecting the right to health – has led to an escalating public health crisis. The anti-drug campaign has not only failed in its primary mission of reducing drug use and related harms, it has led to systematic human rights violations. These violations include not only the systematic denial of the right to health, but also arbitrary arrests and detention, wrongful convictions, and torture and other ill-treatment.
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