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Public Opinion Survey on the Weapons Confiscation Program of the Royal Government of Cambodia
Working Group for Weapons Reduction in Cambodia, Media release
10 December 1999
The report, based on responses from 476 people from 12 provinces and Phnom Penh, during the period July to September 1999, shows that, of those respondents:
— 82% supported the government's confiscation of illegal weapons.
— 74% believed that security improved since the weapons collection program.
— 12 % claimed that the security situation worsened, and the remaining 12 % had no opinion or did not answer the question.
— 59% believed that the authorities conducted themselves properly and in accordance with national strategy during the weapons collection process.
— 24% had concerns that the collection was flawed by the authorities acting improperly, mostly due to nepotism, bribery, or lack of proper public notification.
Citizens also have concerns that weapons were collected only from innocent, ordinary people, not from bandits, wealthy people, high-ranking individuals, or those who benefit from such connections.