31 Mar '18, 11am
China’s outdated war on drugs https://t.co/GWk5CGvqlx
In response, China launched a now three decade-long ‘people’s war on drugs’. Detention has been the primary weapon: drug use can carry a two-year sentence in a compulsory drug detention centre. Since drug use is a non-criminal offence, police can pass sentences without going through the judicial system. Forced labour and detainee abuse has been widely documented at these centres. Most are former re-education-through-labour camps run by the Ministry of Public Security and the Ministry of Justice. Individuals released from detention are registered with the government and placed under police supervision for a further three years, during which they are subjected to scheduled and random urological tests. Testing positive for drug use can mean a return to detention.