African drug policies remain entrenched in a repressive, law enforcement-focused approach. Intensified drug trafficking in the region has raised concerns about the capacity of governments to tackle drug-related issues, as well as weak institutions, corruption and human rights violations. However, some movements for reform are now taking place in West Africa and several East African states.
The 3rd Executive Course on Human Rights and Drug Policy in West Africa recently hosted (25 - 30 July, 2016) by the Faculty of Law, University of Ghana emphasized the need for Policy Review within the Sub-Region.
The Government of Mauritius has set up the National Drug Observatory (NDO) whose main objective is to monitor and assess the dangerous drugs situation in the country and to devise appropriate strategies to deal effectively with the problem of drug abuse.
The Technical Consultation on drug demand reduction kicked off on Wednesday 3rd August 2016 in Cape Town in the presence of representatives of partner organisations in the area of drug control as well as Experts on drug use epidemiology from AU Member States.
The work described in this report describes the people who use drugs (PWUD) policy, advocacy and human rights programmes and initiatives undertaken by TB/HIV Care Association as part of their key populations programme managed by Andy Lambert, the Key Populations Manager.
The ARASA HIV, TB and Human Rights 2016 report identifies and analyses both national and regional findings to identify significant developments in creating enabling legal and regulatory frameworks for key and emerging human rights issues.