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Somsanga's secrets : arbitrary detention, physical abuse, and suicide inside a Lao drug detention center.

Author: Human Rights Watch (Organization)
Publisher: New York, NY : Human Rights Watch, ©2011.
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"In Vientiane, the capital of Lao PDR, police or village militia detain and bring people who use drugs to the Somsanga Treatment and Rehabilitation Center. Others enter because family members "volunteer" them out of a mistaken belief the center offers therapeutic treatment, or because they feel social pressure to make their village "drug free." Beggars, homeless people, street children, and people with mental  Read more...
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Somsanga's secrets.
New York, NY : Human Rights Watch, ©2011
(OCoLC)756869316
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Human Rights Watch (Organization)
ISBN: 9781564328212 156432821X
OCLC Number: 758368710
Notes: "October 2011"--Table of contents page.
Description: 76 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Summary --
Key Recommendations --
Methodology --
I. Somsanga Center --
International Support --
Building Infrastructure --
Support for Activities in Somsanga --
Monitoring and Reporting on Conditions --
II. Abuses --
No Due Process --
Locked Up as Treatment --
Suicides at Somsanga --
Ill-Treatment of Detainees --
No Objective Basis for Detentions --
"Drug-Free" Villages --
Detaining People Who Use Drugs Infrequently or Irregularly --
Detaining Other "Undesirable" People --
III. Donors: The Way Forward --
IV. Recommendations --
To the Lao Government --
To UNODC, Bilateral Donors, and International Organizations Providing Assistance to Somsanga --
To United Nations Agencies --
To the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, the Committee on the Rights of the Child, the Special Rapporteur on Torture, and the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health --
To the ASEAN Inter-Governmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) --
Acknowledgments --
Annex 1 --
Annex 2.
Other Titles: Arbitrary detention, physical abuse, and suicide inside a Lao drug detention center

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"In Vientiane, the capital of Lao PDR, police or village militia detain and bring people who use drugs to the Somsanga Treatment and Rehabilitation Center. Others enter because family members "volunteer" them out of a mistaken belief the center offers therapeutic treatment, or because they feel social pressure to make their village "drug free." Beggars, homeless people, street children, and people with mental disabilities may also be locked up there, especially before national holidays and international events. Regardless of how they enter, their detention is not subject to any judicial oversight. Once inside, people cannot come and go. Most detainees remain in locked cells inside compounds with high walls topped with barbed wire. Some are held for as little as three months, others longer than a year. Those who try to escape may be brutally beaten. Despondent at being locked up and abandoned by their families, some detainees attempt suicide. Former detainees described attempted and actualized suicides involving ingesting glass, swallowing soap, or hanging. Since at least 2002, international donors have supported Somsanga by constructing or refurbishing buildings, training center staff, and providing vocational training courses. Donor support has come from the US government, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, and a handful of other embassies in Vientiane and external organizations. Somsanga's Secrets calls on the Lao government and the center's international supporters to end routine, longterm, en masse detention of people in the name of drug treatment by closing the Somsanga center. Human Rights Watch urges donors and government authorities to establish voluntary, community-based options available to anyone in the community who wants them."--Page 4 of cover.

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