Historically, drug laws and their enforcement have resulted in multiple forms of human rights abuses. It is becoming increasingly clear that the human rights obligations to which countries have signed up must be applied in the area of drug policy, and the principles of health and human rights fully integrated into the international drug control system.
Despite methamphetamine seizures quadrupling between 2008 and 2013, Asia’s harsh anti-drug policies are falling out of step with the rest of the world and are filling prisons with low-level offenders, driving corruption, and fueling black markets.
Recent protests and violence at mandatory “drug rehabilitation” centres in Vietnam highlight the importance of the government’s decision to transform such facilities into community-based voluntary centres.
The UN Special Rapporteur on summary executions has called on the Philippines to lift a series of preconditions it has imposed on her planned visit to investigate the extra-judicial killings since President Rodrigo Duterte took office.