Quebec Human Rights Commission: Narconon abused and mistreated patients

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Translation of a French article posted on Monday, April 14, 2014 on the website of Radio-Canada, the French arm of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation:
Narconon a floué et maltraité des patients, selon la Commission des droits de la personne
Narconon abused and mistreated patients, according to Quebec's Human Rights Commission

by Gaétan Pouliot
April 14, 2014

The body responsible for upholding human rights in Quebec reached these conclusions after investigating the practices of Narconon, which was forced to close its doors in 2012. The Commission now calls on Narconon to compensate the victims.

A resolution by the Commission states that Narconon Trois-Rivières mistreated and financially exploited David Edgar Love while he was "in a vulnerable position."

Originally from British Columbia, Mr. Love is a former client and employee of Narconon Trois-Rivières. He filed a complaint in 2010 after spending nearly a year at Narconon.

Narconon charged him "considerable amounts for a detoxification program which was not scientifically approved and which involved health and safety hazards," says the Commission document, which is based on evidence and documentary proof. Moreover, the rehab center was staffed by "unqualified people."

The Commission also asserts that Mr. Love was a victim of abuse. Narconon submitted him to "humiliating and degrading practices," to "poor living and food conditions," and to "forced confinement and coercion," says the document.

Mr. Love was also forced to work without pay.

Narconon wants a non-disclosure agreement

Contacted by Radio-Canada, David Edgar Love says that similar resolutions have been reached for two other plaintiffs in this case. We were able to consult two of the three documents.

"We've won a victory," says Love. "After years of investigation, they concluded that we had told the truth."

Narconon offered him compensation totalling approximately 20% of the amount determined by the Human Rights Commission, he says. In addition, he was asked to sign a confidentiality clause, which would then have prevented him from talking about the case. And this agreement must be accepted by the three victims to be effective, he says, outraged.

Mr. Love has no intention of signing such an agreement. He is not out for money and prefers that the matter be made public to prevent others from being exploited.

"Narconon Trois-Rivières was committing horrendous human rights violations."
- David Edgar Love

The Human Rights Commission could also bring this case to court to obtain compensation for the victims. This is what Mr. Love would like the Commission to do.

However, if this scenario comes to pass, Narconon is threatening to declare bankruptcy, says Love, who says he is still traumatized by his experience in Trois-Rivières.

Narconon and Scientology

Narconon is a network of drug rehab centers affiliated with the Church of Scientology. It has facilities in various countries and offers treatments based on the teachings of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.

In April 2012, the Health and Social Services Agency of the Mauricie and Centre-du-Québec region refused to grant certification to the Trois-Rivières detox center, forcing the closure of the establishment.

Narconon's practices were controversial. Some of its therapies represented a "health risk," said the Health Agency, for example, "the sudation method that is combined with the massive intake of vitamins, as well as the lack of an agreement with any doctors."

Mr. Love says he underwent sweating treatments for 26 consecutive days and consumed large doses of vitamins. When he left the center, he was hospitalized for three days for liver problems.

Narconon received persons addicted to drugs and alcohol from 2001 to 2012.

Radio-Canada tried to contact a representative of Narconon, but without success.

Link to the Quebec Human Rights Commission resolution:
In French
In English
 

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Translation of a French article posted on Monday, April 14, 2014 on the website of Radio-Canada, the French arm of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation:

Narconon abused and mistreated patients, according to Quebec's Human Rights Commission

by Gaétan Pouliot
April 14, 2014

The body responsible for upholding human rights in Quebec reached these conclusions after investigating the practices of Narconon, which was forced to close its doors in 2012. The Commission now calls on Narconon to compensate the victims.

A resolution by the Commission states that Narconon Trois-Rivières mistreated and financially exploited David Edgar Love while he was "in a vulnerable position."

Originally from British Columbia, Mr. Love is a former client and employee of Narconon Trois-Rivières. He filed a complaint in 2010 after spending nearly a year at Narconon.

Narconon charged him "considerable amounts for a detoxification program which was not scientifically approved and which involved health and safety hazards," says the Commission document, which is based on evidence and documentary proof. Moreover, the rehab center was staffed by "unqualified people."

The Commission also asserts that Mr. Love was a victim of abuse. Narconon submitted him to "humiliating and degrading practices," to "poor living and food conditions," and to "forced confinement and coercion," says the document.

Mr. Love was also forced to work without pay.

Narconon wants a non-disclosure agreement

Contacted by Radio-Canada, David Edgar Love says that similar resolutions have been reached for two other plaintiffs in this case. We were able to consult two of the three documents.

"We've won a victory," says Love. "After years of investigation, they concluded that we had told the truth."

Narconon offered him compensation totalling approximately 20% of the amount determined by the Human Rights Commission, he says. In addition, he was asked to sign a confidentiality clause, which would then have prevented him from talking about the case. And this agreement must be accepted by the three victims to be effective, he says, outraged.

Mr. Love has no intention of signing such an agreement. He is not out for money and prefers that the matter be made public to prevent others from being exploited.

"Narconon Trois-Rivières was committing horrendous human rights violations."
- David Edgar Love

The Human Rights Commission could also bring this case to court to obtain compensation for the victims. This is what Mr. Love would like the Commission to do.

However, if this scenario comes to pass, Narconon is threatening to declare bankruptcy, says Love, who says he is still traumatized by his experience in Trois-Rivières.

Narconon and Scientology

Narconon is a network of drug rehab centers affiliated with the Church of Scientology. It has facilities in various countries and offers treatments based on the teachings of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.

In April 2012, the Health and Social Services Agency of the Mauricie and Centre-du-Québec region refused to grant certification to the Trois-Rivières detox center, forcing the closure of the establishment.

Narconon's practices were controversial. Some of its therapies represented a "health risk," said the Health Agency, for example, "the sudation method that is combined with the massive intake of vitamins, as well as the lack of an agreement with any doctors."

Mr. Love says he underwent sweating treatments for 26 consecutive days and consumed large doses of vitamins. When he left the center, he was hospitalized for three days for liver problems.

Narconon received persons addicted to drugs and alcohol from 2001 to 2012.

Radio-Canada tried to contact a representative of Narconon, but without success.

Link to the Quebec Human Rights Commission resolution:
In French
In English
Narconon a floué et maltraité des patients, selon la Commission des droits de la personne

Thank you for posting this mnql1.

I can only begin to imagine the huge amounts of work David has put into all this. His energy & dedication is very inspiring.

Pay up ya low-life dirty cheating cult!
 

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Translation of a French article published on April 15, 2014 by the Trois-Rivières daily newspaper Le Nouvelliste:
Narconon a violé les droits humains
Narconon violated human rights

by Paule Vermot-Desroches
Le Nouvelliste
April 15, 2014

Narconon, the detox center that was forced to close its doors two years ago in Trois-Rivières, did indeed violate the human rights of one of its former patients, David Love. That, at least, is the decision rendered by the Quebec Human Rights Commission after investigation following a complaint by Love.

The Commission's complaints committee unanimously resolved on January 16 that the complaint filed by Mr. Love, who stayed at the Trois-Rivières center between 2008 and 2009, is valid and asked Narconon to pay moral and punitive damages to David Love and two other patients who endured experiences similar to his.

The decision is confidential, but it was recently revealed by journalist and author Tony Ortega, who has investigated Scientology and published the resolution on his blog. However, the monetary amounts for moral and punitive damages established by the Commission were redacted.

Ever since his departure from Narconon, David Love has been speaking out against the center, whose treatments are linked to the teachings of Scientology.

In this decision, the Commission recognizes that Narconon "contributed to the victim's exploitation in the form of abuse, notably by forcing him to submit to humiliating and degrading practices, submitting him to poor living and food conditions, and submitting him to forced confinement and coercion."

The resolution also states that Narconon failed to properly bear the responsibility for confidential information obtained from the complainant after prompting him to open up about personal aspects of his life. In addition, the Commission reproaches Narconon for using controversial teaching methods not based on any scientific study.

According to the documentary and testimonial evidence, Narconon "contributed to the financial exploitation of the victim, who was in a vulnerable position, by charging him considerable amounts for a detoxification program which was not scientifically approved and which involved health and safety hazards, failing to provide him with care suited to his medical condition, despite the sums he paid, charging him large sums for a service provided by unqualified people, and forcing him to work and perform various tasks without pay."

The Commission also asserts that Narconon provided information, before and during treatment, which could be misleading as to the likelihood of a successful outcome, and which gave the impression that the results were guaranteed.

The Commission also stipulated a provision that enables it to go to court if Narconon does not implement the proposed binding measures. It was not possible to find out whether the Commission will avail itself of this provision because the case is confidential.

Narconon's closure

Narconon Trois-Rivières was forced to close its doors exactly two years ago today, after the Health and Social Services Agency denied Narconon accreditation as an addiction treatment resource. Of the 55 required certification criteria, 46 were ruled in need of correction, 26 of them deemed high risk factors.

The Agency had noted methods that are not medically recognized such as sweating treatments combined with massive doses of vitamins, patients held against their will, and lack of medical supervision.

Although Narconon still appears in the Quebec Enterprise Register, Health Agency spokesperson Anne-Sophie Brunelle confirms that no other certification request has been filed by Narconon since its closure in April 2012.
 
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Rights of drug addiction patients violated: ruling

Scientology-linked Narconon exploited and abused those it purported to be treating: Human Rights Commission

by Catherine Solyom
The Gazette
April 15, 2014 11:43 PM

Four years after he left Narconon Trois-Rivières, and two years after the so-called drug rehabilitation centre was shut down by the public health agency, David Love has been vindicated by the Quebec Human Rights Commission, which concluded the centre exploited and abused him — financially, physically and mentally — along with two other complainants.

Calls for comment made Tuesday to the Montreal office of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights, a “mental health watchdog” co-founded by the Church of Scientology, were not returned.

More in the article: http://www.montrealgazette.com/heal...n+patients+violated+ruling/9742209/story.html
 
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