At the Somsanga Treatment Center in Vientiane, in Laos, people are held all day long they’re not provided any treatment, they’re not provided much food, they’re behind locked doors, high walls, and
barbed wire fences. This is not a treatment center. They’re putting people in the center who are homeless, who are beggars, who are street children, and they’re using this center not as an effective treatment center but as
a dumping ground for people that they don’t want to see on the streets. Donors should be supporting community
alternatives; clinics, counseling, support centers, that can provide
effective treatment. Holding people against their will, without legal process, is against both Lao and international human rights law
. This center needs to be shut down.