La política de drogas en Asia Meridional está basada en un enfoque de “tolerancia cero” con una legislación punitiva que se fundamenta principalmente en el encarcelamiento de personas involucradas en delitos de drogas. Los servicios de reducción de daños y de tratamiento continúan siendo de baja calidad. En el campo de la oferta, las campañas de erradicación forzada han sido incapaces de reducir la producción de opio en la región.
Gloria Lai, IDPC Senior Policy Officer, argues that civil society must advocate for, and help facilitate, a more open and rational dialogue with governments to encourage them to engage in an honest assessment of the current drug control approach in Asia.
This IDPC advocacy note offers analysis and recommendations to contribute to the development of a post- 2015 ASEAN drug strategy that can meet the expectations of the ASEAN Secretary-General in being innovative, prompt to adapt to changing and challenging circumstances, and global in its outlook.
Richard Branson and former director of public prosecutions Lord Macdonald called for an inquiry into Home Office’s support for anti-narcotics operations which they say have helped to fund executions in countries such as Pakistan and Iran.
With the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, 2016 should be a defining moment for global health and for the response to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) epidemic, especially for the migrants in Central Asia.
IDPC will organise a workshop at the margins of the International Harm Reduction Conference to support NGOs to engage in global drug policy debates in the lead up to the UNGASS. More information will be sent soon on how to apply!
This congress conveyed the importance of joint advocacy efforts to address the drug problem by prioritising a health-based approach and reiterating the importance of efforts to abolish the death penalty at the UNGASS in 2016.
In Bahawalpur, Pakistan, people who inject drugs can significantly reduce their risk of HIV infection with the use of opiate substitution treatments such as methadone or buprenorphine and risk of transmission with antiretroviral therapy.
Recent mass executions by Indonesia have thrown the international spotlight on the death penalty for drug offences, and ignited debates between abolitionist and retentionist States on the legality and efficacy of this sanction.
Reasons for opposing the amendment to the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 included usage of kratom as a traditional medication, lack of socio-economic considerations, and the need for evidence-based rehabilitation.