All activities should be undertaken in full compliance with international human rights law

Governments and law enforcement authorities have sometimes paid too little attention to fundamental rights and freedoms in their enthusiasm to design and implement national drug policies, despite their obligation under the UN treaties to protect human rights. As a result, human rights abuses have proliferated under current drug control policies.

IDPC promotes a paradigm shift whereby international human rights law becomes a core element of the legal drug control framework:

  • Public health: improved access to essential medicines and harm reduction, prevention, treatment and care programmes
  • Development: refocusing drug strategies on alternative development, poverty reduction, and social and economic development amongst marginalised communities
  • Human security: refocusing drug law enforcement efforts on those most responsible for controlling and expanding drug markets, rather than low-level and non-dangerous dealers, users and subsistence farmers.