October 11, 2011

Somsanga’s Secrets

Arbitrary Detention, Physical Abuse, and Suicide inside a Lao Drug Detention Center

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