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Cambodia announces plans for controversial new drug centre

By Guttz, Dec 11, 2010 | | |
  1. Guttz
    Phnom Penh - Cambodia's government has approved plans for a new drug rehabilitation centre, the country's biggest so far, national media reported Saturday, following criticism of similar facilities by Human Rights Watch and other activist groups.

    Moek Dara, secretary general of the National Authority for Combating Drugs, told the Cambodia Daily newspaper that the proposed centre would be located near the resort town of Sihanoukville and have a capacity of treating around 2,000 patients.

    'The national rehabilitation centre would become the biggest ever in the country,' he said.

    In a report issued earlier this year, Human Rights Watch documented numerous instances in which inmates at Cambodian rehabilitation centres were beaten, tortured and locked up involuntarily.

    The group has called for Cambodia to move towards a community-based, non-coercive treatment model, warning that the punitive approach taken in Vietnam and China is not effective.

    Moek Dara said the new treatment centre would be non-coercive, but added that inmates would be held against their will if they '[refuse] to receive the voluntary treatment and [are] a danger to themselves or to society.'

    Vietnam is providing 2 million dollars in funding for the project, Moek Dara said. Cambodia came under fire last year for forcing an untested Vietnamese herbal remedy on addicts in drug treatment centres.

    Dec 11, 2010, 3:38 GMT


  1. Terrapinzflyer
  2. Spucky
    AW: Re: Cambodia announces plans for controversial new drug centre

    People who know the Situation in Cambodia seeing this more differently,
    a "Treatmentcenter" for 2000 People let ring the alarm bells.

    There is no "Treatment" of a Disease in a Sweatshop/ Factory/ Dungeon or what so ever!
  3. Terrapinzflyer
    ^^ Indeed. Sorry- I was referring to the voluntary methadone clinic story. While not much information it does at least imply some hope...
  4. Spucky
  5. Killa Weigha
    ^^Yeah, if you think YOUR methadone clinic is bad...
  6. missparkles
    How ironic, the Cambodians are moving towards a form of harm reduction treatment, and we in the UK are moving away from it. Well, according to recent news reports.

  7. Spucky
    AW: Re: Cambodia announces plans for controversial new drug centre

    I think there is a misinterpretation,
    Cambodia is a facist and highly corrupted state,
    there is no Harm Reduction in our sense anywhere in Asia!

    Please watch that Video (do it works?)
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