Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Hun Sen issues direction on tackling, stopping drug crime



Hun Sen issues direction on tackling, stopping drug crime

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Some 500kg of confiscated drugs ae prepared for destruction on Phnom Penh's Koh Pich Convention and Exhibition Centre on Friday. Hean Rangsey

Hun Sen issues direction on tackling, stopping drug crime

Prime Minister Hun Sen issued a letter with a six-point directive and a list of requests on the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking 2020 on Friday as anti-drug authorities burnt some 500kg of confiscated drugs.

In the six-page directive, Hun Sen thanked the relevant authorities, NGOs, and people involved in the crackdown on drugs, and its prevention, treatment and education.

He said victims of drugs need treatment, while those involved with trafficking drugs are criminals who must be severely punished under the law.

Drug production and trafficking have recently increased around the world, he said, and called on the authorities to put in more effort to prevent and crack down on traffickers.

He said: “In the context of the dangerous Covid-19 pandemic, the government has increased its effort in combating drugs to prevent the spread of diseases, especially Covid-19, among drug users and the wider community.”

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Prime Minister Hun Sen says victims of drugs need treatment, while those involved with drug trafficking must be severely punished. SPM

The authorities were told to educate the public to stay away from drugs by teaching them about the negative impacts of drugs and how they contribute to the spread of the Covid-19.

The authorities must increase their activities to achieve “White Village” status, or a village without drugs, he said.

To achieve this status, he said, authorities must comply with the slogan “Three Don’t, One Report”. The slogan means authorities must not involve themselves in trafficking or delivering drugs, collusion, or using drugs.

They must pursue all drug offences, even if they involve family members or friends, Hun Sen said. The authorities must not be loose in law enforcement and all people must report to the authorities any potential drug crimes they suspect are occurring.

He told the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation to speed up the construction of a drug treatment centre in Preah Sihanouk province. He also told anti-drug authorities to improve the quality, effectiveness and attractiveness of drug treatments.

“I appeal to parents and caretakers to pay attention to and educate children to make them grow up healthily and safely. They should [take preventive measures against] Covid-19, and stay away from drugs and other negative social problems,” he said.

National Authority for Combating Drugs (NACD) on Friday burned some 500kg of confiscated drugs at Koh Pich.

The drugs included heroin, methamphetamine, amphetamine, ecstasy, ketamine, nimetazepam, marijuana and other substances, it said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Would you like fries with that? US burger chain makes Phnom Penh debut

    California-based The Habit Burger Grill restaurant chain is all set to serve up a delicious array of charbroiled burgers and sides at its newest international location in the centre of Phnom Penh. The Habit is “renowned for its award-winning Charburgers grilled over an open flame,

  • Banteay Meanchey flood victims receive aid

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday provided aid to more than 10,000 families affected by flooding in Banteay Meanchey province’s Mongkol Borei district and offered his condolences to the 18 victims who drowned in the province over the past week. He said flooding had occured in

  • PM urges caution as Polish man tests positive for Covid

    The Ministry of Health on Wednesday reported that a 47-year-old Polish man tested positive for Covid-19 after arriving in Cambodia on Monday. There are a total of six Covid-19 patients currently in the country, all of whom are being treated at the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital

  • Banteay Meanchey floods kill one more as death toll reaches 15

    As floodwaters start to recede in Pursat, Battambang and Pailin provinces and Phnom Penh, Banteay Meanchey continues to bear the brunt as one more person was killed on Monday, bringing the total number of flood-related deaths to 15 in the province this month. Banteay Meanchey provincial

  • Serving coffee with a side of robots

    The eye-catching glass building surrounded by greenery at the intersection of Streets 371 and 2002 in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district is more than just another coffee shop where you can while away a few hours. UrHobby House cafe is filled with robots and characters from

  • Phnom Penh underpass opens to ease traffic

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has announced a temporary opening of the 488m underpass at the Chaom Chao roundabout in Phnom Penh’s Por Sen Chey district, which was recently completed to connect traffic from National Road 4 to Russian Federation Blvd. The move is to reduce