The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB or Board) is the ‘independent and quasi-judicial’ control organ for the implementation of the drug control treaties. The Board was created under the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs and became operational in 1968. It is theoretically independent of governments, as well as of the UN, with its 13 individual members serving in their personal capacities.

In addition to producing a stream of correspondence and detailed technical assessments arising from its country visits (all of which, like the minutes of INCB meetings, are never made publicly available), the INCB produces an annual report summarising its activities and views.

This response to the Board’s Annual Report for 2011 (INCB Annual Reports are usually published in the spring the following year) is organised under 5 inter-related headings. The following sections consequently explore issues surrounding the Board’s homage to the Hague Opium Convention; the flaws within its thematic chapter on ‘social cohesion, social disorganization and illegal drugs’; the INCB’s hostility towards the endeavours of Bolivia to adjust its position towards the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs and coca; the continuation of mission creep and a proclivity of the Board to operate beyond its mandate and the reoccurrence of selective reticence, specifically the lack of comment on issues relating to human rights and harm reduction.

The report is available below in English and Spanish.

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