El primer ministro camboyano, Hun Sen, ha lanzado una nueva guerra contra las drogas, con el objetivo de frenar un repunte en los casos de adicciones y tráfico, y ha asegurado a los ciudadanos que no se producirá ninguna muerte como en las Filipinas.

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By David Hutt

Cambodia’s newly launched war on drugs is in full swing, with nearly 3,000 people arrested in the campaign’s first month of crime-busting. Authorities claim they have confiscated over 9kg of illegal drugs in busts on dealers and users, with more than half the haul being crystal methamphetamine, one of the country’s most prevalent and abused narcotics.

Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government announced the campaign in December shortly after a state visit by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who has made global waves through his violent execution of an anti-drugs drive that has seen more than 7,000 deaths.

Cambodian officials have said their campaign was launched in response to a nearly 30% rise in the number of documented drug addicts last year, according to official data.

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