Describes the problems faced by opium farmers, people who use drugs and policymakers, and how to improve existing responses in the rapidly changing political, economic and security contexts of Southeast Asia.
Human Rights Watch reveal how, in Vietnam, people detained by the police for using drugs can be held without due process for years, forced to work for little or no pay, and are sometimes subjected to torture and physical violence.
An academic report in the BMC International Health and Human Rights journal that raises concerns about Thailand's use of compulsory drug detention centres. The report finds that such coercive "treatment" is not consistent with scientific evidence on addressing drug addiction and should be phased out in favor of evidence-based interventions.
Human Rights Watch examines conditions in the Somsanga Treatment and Rehabilitation Center in Lao PDR. According to the report, detainees are held without due process, and many are locked in cells inside barbed wire compounds.
In a Bangkok Post article, Jon Ungphakom, a human rights activist and former Thailand senator, highlights the Count the Costs campaign and discusses the ineffectiveness of Thailand's harsh drug policy.
A thorough report examining the complex interrelationships between illicit drugs (production, trade and use), illicit drugs policies, human rights and social and economic development. The report draws attention to the fact that the association between drug policy and development policy has not been adequately acknowledged, thereby hindering the achievement of a human rights-based approach to both policy areas.
A short film by the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union that examines the detainment of drug users in compulsory rehabilitation centres throughout Asia. As revealed by a Human Rights Watch investigation, in such centres detainees are often forced to work for free, and are likely to be starved, beaten, tortured and raped.