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Civil society groups are expressing apprehension regarding the Thai government’s decision to establish drug rehabilitation centres, known as Rakjai centres, in 52 army barracks across the country. Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin has highlighted the nation’s drug issues on social media and outlined the government’s plan to utilise military premises for drug rehabilitation programmes. Defence Minister … …

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Using existing infrastructure geared towards security is the most logical choice for establishing dedicated rehabilitation centers. Of course there will be abuses of power and human rights abuses but no worse than currently experienced by the inmates of Thailand’s prison system. Nowadays drug addicts have a choice - jail or rehab - and that’s a step forward. 

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