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March 18, 2019

Support lacking for acid attack survivors in Cambodia

Survivors of acid violence in Cambodia are unlawfully denied free medical care and face pressure to accept inadequate settlements. 

After several highly publicized acid attacks in Cambodia, the government in 2012 passed the Law on Regulating Concentrated Acid to curb the availability of acid used in attacks and to provide medical care and legal support to victims. 

Since passage of the law, acid attacks have dropped, and regulations have reduced the availability of acid in the capital, Phnom Penh. However, Human Rights Watch (HRW) found that many survivors of these attacks are unable to get adequate health care and meaningful compensation as the law requires, and that those responsible for attacks are rarely prosecuted. See the HRW video for more. 

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