ANPUD statement CND Intersessional Meeting in September 2018
- On behalf of the Asian Network of People who Use Drugs (ANPUD), I would like to thank the Chair of this CND intersessional meeting and everyone present in the room for this opportunity to contribute by presenting the perspectives of people who use drugs – the people who are most affected by the decisions made here.
- We are gravely concerned and we call for immediate end of the unlawful war on drugs approach opted by the countries like Philippines, Bangladesh, Cambodia and Indonesia that has resulted in brutal killings of thousands of people suspected of using or selling drugs, where a culture of impunity is promoted and tens of thousands of people are being incarcerated without any fair trial. We are also concerned by the fact that our community members continue to be detained in the name of “drug treatment” inside compulsory detention centers and private rehabs where their fundamental rights are being violated on a daily basis.
Between 2008 and 2013, numerous UN agencies and community & civil society organizations had called for immediate closure of compulsory detention centers for drug users in the countries in Southeast Asia. In spite of commitments of some country governments to transition these detentions into a voluntary community-based treatment, the number of facilities and detained people continue to remain high in Southeast Asia. The Philippines government pursued building a mega rehab with the capacity to detain 10,000 people, despite their in-country experts calling it an impractical mistake. In 2014, over 450,000 people were detained in 948 facilities in only seven countries of the region.