A report by the OHCHR confirmed findings and concerns of widespread and systematic killings and arbitrary detention in the context of the war on drugs, killings and abuses targeting farmers and indigenous peoples, the silencing of independent media, critics and the opposition.
As the COVID-19 pandemic, and government responses to it, are exacerbating existing inequalities that pose particular risks and challenges for people who use drugs, States must use this opportunity to put in place effective policies to protect their rights.
Regulation is likely to lead to better outcomes for health, education and justice, but the bill needs to offer further clarity on issues such as potency and the role of for-benefit companies, according to legal expert.
The main causal factor for homelessness and drug use is the same: Policies that constrain people's ability to meet their daily needs, secure steady employment, afford rent and be part of a stable community.
The criminalisation of sex work and drug use disproportionately affects sex workers in the LGBTQ+ community by increasing the incidence of assaults and fatal overdoses and exposing them to unsafe prison conditions in these times of COVID-19.