September 7, 2011

Key Recommendations

To the Vietnamese Government

  • Instruct the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs (Ministry of Labor) to release current detainees in Vietnam’s drug detention centers, as their continued detention cannot be justified on legal or health grounds.
  • Instruct the Ministry of Labor to permanently close Vietnam’s drug detention centers.
  • Carry out prompt, independent, thorough investigations into the use of torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and other human rights abuses and criminal acts in Vietnam’s drug detention centers. Follow up with appropriate legal actions (including criminal prosecution) of identified perpetrators of abuses.

To Vietnamese and Foreign Companies with Commercial Relationships with Drug Detention Centers in Vietnam

  • Cease all commercial relationships (including through sub-contractors and sub-sub-contractors) with Vietnam’s drug detention centers.

To Bilateral and Multilateral Donors and Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs) Providing Assistance to Vietnam on Drugs or HIV/AIDS Issues

  • Review all funding, programming, and activities directed to assisting Vietnam’s drug detention centers to ensure no funding is supporting policies or programs that violate international human rights law, including prohibitions on arbitrary detention, forced labor, torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.