Human rights report on Cambodian anti-drug campaign

A Cambodian anti-drugs campaign has led to 55,000 arrests and a 78% increase in prison numbers according to a report by Amnesty International. Amnesty also claim that many arrests have led to torture, that prisons are dangerously overcrowded, and that arbitrary arrests and corruption have increased. A spokesman for the Cambodian Ministry of Interior, Khieu Sopheak, defended the government’s actions saying that human rights needed to be ‘put aside’ during anti-drugs campaigns.