September 8, 2011
A new Human Rights Watch report claims cashew nuts and other Vietnamese exports are produced by drug addicts detained in forced-labour camps across the country.
Those who refuse to work are beaten, given electric shocks, locked in isolation, deprived of food and water, and obliged to work even longer hours, the report says. Joseph Amon, director of the Human Rights Watch health and human rights division, says what is happening at the centres “constitutes torture under international law.” Titled The Rehab Archipelago, the report could potentially embarrass foreign companies doing business in Vietnam. For their labour, which is considered dangerous to their health, detainees are paid nothing or a few dollars a month.
Article From Vietnam’s Forced-Labor Camps: ‘Blood Cashews’, Andrew Marshall, www.time.com