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UN expert urges Vietnam to close rehab centers

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HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- A U.N. health official is urging Vietnam to close down its rehabilitation centers for drug users and sex workers after criticism of abuses. He calls the camps counterproductive.

Anand Grover, the special rapporteur on the right to health, says the centers violate drug users' rights and are ineffective.

Grover said Monday at the end of a 10-day visit that the government should instead expand alternative treatments for drug users.

Human Rights Watch this year accused Vietnam of imprisoning hundreds of thousands of addicts without due process over the past decade and forcing them to work long hours for little pay.

The rehabilitation centers are part of Communist Vietnam's ongoing campaign against drug abuse, prostitution and other "social evils."

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