The Human Rights and Drug Policy Workshop will be held at the Centre for Criminology at the University of Hong Kong from October 31 to November 5, 2016.

The objective of the workshop is to focus on the identification and understanding of human rights, including those that have their basis in international agreements and laws and on an evaluation and assessment of the gap between rights and practice in the implementations of drug policies in the Asia–Pacific context. It is also hoped that the workshop can be a reflection of the UN General Assembly Special Session on Drugs (UNGASS) 2016 on how to adopt measures to bring drug enforcement activities and domestic law in line with human rights obligations and encourage human rights mechanisms to play a much more assertive role in drug control issues.

Course Content

  • current drug trends, international drug control systems, and impacts in Asia–Pacific
  • human rights and drug control
  • lessons learned and best practices of drug policy in Asia
  • public health and harm reduction
  • women and drug policy
  • site visits in Hong Kong to harm reduction and treatment centers

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