Call to Shut Down Drug Centres in Vietnam

BANGKOK, 7 September 2011 (IRIN) - Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called for the immediate closure of more than 100 government-run drug detention centres in Vietnam, describing them as "little more than forced labour camps".

Source: In Brief: Call to shut down drug centres in Vietnam:

It seems quite common that society and governments ignore the human rights of people using drugs. Just because a person is a drug user, does not mean the institution can rob him of his/her rights to safety, dignity, healthcare, freedom and to an identity. Cases of human rights violation throughout South East Asia seems frequent nowadays, courtesy of stigma, discrimination and prejudice. Is this somehow connected to ASEAN's goal of a "drug-free" ASEAN by 2015? Or is this part and parcel of the government's strategy for the drug wars?

More info: HRW Vietnam Summary and Photo Features   

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