The latest Human Rights Council resolution on the human rights implications of drug policy represents the most ambitious and progressive resolution on the matter to date, and should influence the outcome of the upcoming 2024 mid-term review of the 2019 Ministerial Declaration.
The launch of the report brought together over 60 representatives from civil society, community networks and public authorities, prompting a discussion on the need to end rights-violating practices against people who use drugs.
Governments and UN entities must take up their “historical responsibility” and reform drug policies ensuring that human rights are front and centre. At this juncture, with the drug war’s harms laid bare, anything less would be unconscionable.
The question of ‘when change is going to finally happen’ will continue to be a difficult one. But we can confidently say that thanks to Support. Don't Punish campaigners' shared and steadfast commitment, it is much closer than it was 10 years ago.