La reforma de las leyes sobre drogas resulta primordial por cuanto la criminalización del consumo o posesión de drogas tiene devastadoras consecuencias sobre las comunidades. Más información, en inglés, está disponible abajo.
By Prince Bull-Luseni / WADPN
The West Africa Drug Policy Network (WADPN) is currently working with various partners to help change the repressive drug policy regime in West Africa for evidence-based drug response that is responsive to human rights, public health and sustainable development objectives. This is to enable them to effectively address the growing threats that drug trade poses to public health, governance and stability in the region. Dominant prohibitionist drug laws that are enforcement-led and abstinence-based only seem to exacerbate these threats rather than ameliorate them. Criminalizing all aspects of the drug trade, particularly personal use and possession of the drug, has neither ceased large-scale trafficking nor the widespread availability of drugs anywhere in the region. On the contrary, it has had adverse immeasurable effects particularly on young, poor, and other vulnerable nonviolent drug offenders.
Strangely, there is a general belief that these prohibitive laws are in “high conformity” with UN Drug Control Conventions. That is not entirely true. There are several instances where these laws do not conform, in the least, with these conventions. I have mentioned a few here together with their corresponding weaknesses as I call on all West African states to end this repressive regime.