Abuse alleged at Canberra-funded rehab centre

BANGKOK: Australia and other Western nations have donated to a supposed drugs treatment centre in Laos where hundreds of detainees, including children, are held against their will and are beaten and brutalised, Human Rights Watch says.

Detainees locked in barbed wire compounds include homeless people, street children, people with mental disabilities and others deemed ''undesirable'', the organisation says.

A detainee of the Somsanga Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre, on the outskirts of the Lao capital, Vientiane, described witnessing a beating of five detainees who had tried to escape

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