Living in the Shadows: Acid Attacks in Cambodia

Released in December 2003

Throwing acid is one of the worst crimes that a person can commit. The perpetrator usually does not want to kill the victim, but wants to do something worse than murder - make the victim suffer forever. Acid melts human flesh and even bones, causing excruciating pain and terror, and leaves the victims mutilated and scarred for the rest of their lives. Some suffer permanent disabilities such as blindness.

In this report LICADHO explores the increase in the use of acid in attacks and documents the reasons for its use.

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