December 9, 2013

Annex 1: Correspondence with the Cambodian Government

September 25, 2013

H.E. Ke Kim Yan

Chairman of National Authority for Combating Drugs

#275 Norodom Blvd.

Phnom Penh Cambodia

Via facsimile: +855-23-721 004

Via email:

Your Excellency,

Human Rights Watch is an international nongovernmental organization that monitors violations of human rights by states and non-state actors in more than 90 countries around the world.

Human Rights Watch is preparing a report regarding the system of compulsory drug treatment in Cambodia. Our report explores issues of due process, the right to health, and freedom from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

We are writing to request statistical and programmatic information about compulsory drug treatment efforts in Cambodia. Human Rights Watch is committed to producing material that is well-informed and objective. We seek this information to ensure that our report properly reflects the views, policies and practices of the Royal Government of Cambodia regarding the system of compulsory drug treatment.

We hope you or your staff will respond to the attached questions so that your views are accurately reflected in our reporting. In order for us to take your answers into account in our forthcoming report, we would appreciate a written response by October 25, 2013.

In addition to the information requested below, please include any other materials, statistics, and government actions regarding the system of compulsory drug treatment in Cambodia that you think might be relevant.

Thank you in advance for your time in addressing these urgent matters.


Joseph Amon, PhD MSPH


Health and Human Rights division