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Drug detention centers offer torture, not treatment

Hundreds of thousands of people identified as drug users… are held without due process in centers where they may be subjected to torture, and physical and sexual violence in the name of “treatment”.

Individuals in drug detention centers… are commonly held against their will. They are picked up by police, or “volunteered” by local authorities or family members who buckle under social pressure to make their village “drug free.” Once inside, they cannot leave. No clinical evaluation of drug dependency is performed, resulting in the detention of occasional drug users as well as others merely suspected of using drugs. In many centers, drug users are held alongside homeless people, people with psychosocial disabilities, and street children, and are forced to perform military drills, chant slogans, and work as “therapy.” “There are proven ways to address drug dependency consistent with human rights, but beatings, forced labor, and humiliation are not among them.”

Original Article (HRW):
Drug Detention Centers Offer Torture, Not Treatment
Artwork Fair Use: Kalki

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