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HRW: Southeast Asia and China: Drug detention centers offer torture instead of treatment

last updated Jul 25, 2012

In the recently published report „Torture in the name of treatment: Human Rights abuses in Vietnam, China, Cambodia, and Lao PDR“, Human Rights Watch sums up its investigations into compulsory drug „treatment“ Centers in China and Southeast Asia. The centers systematically deny persons in their care the right to effective HIV and drug dependency treatment, and promote abuse and forced labor. The report points out that almost all individuals had been detained without due process, are commonly held against their will, suffering physical violence as a routine and that sexual abuse was reported against woman and children. Even though UN agencies are calling for the closure of the centers, little progress has been made regarding the identified problems.


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