Public security forces undermine China’s HIV fight: rights group

The harassment and imprisonment of drug users in China is undermining the country’s response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, activist group Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday.

Police and public security forces are driving drug addicts away from community-based prevention services and denying them access to treatment, the group said in a report.

“The government has expanded prevention and treatment programmes for drug users,” said Joe Amon, HIV/AIDS programme director at Human Rights Watch.

“But at the same time, the police are detaining drug users trying to access these services, and putting drug users in so-called ‘drug rehabilitation centres’ where they are provided no drug dependency treatment and no HIV prevention or treatment services.”

A man flies a "red ribbon" kite by the Birds Nest ...
A man flies a “red ribbon” kite by the Birds Nest stadium in Beijing. The harassment and imprisonment of drug users in China is undermining the country’s response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, activist group Human Rights Watch said(AFP/File/Gou Yige) 

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