Count the Costs briefing - The human rights costs of the war on drugs

9 September 2011

This new Count the Costs Human Rights Briefing has been produced in collaboration with various Count the Costs project supporters, including Transform, EHRN, Harm Reduction International and Release.

The 18-page briefing is available online in PDF, and in print in English and in Spanish. It covers the wide range of human rights issues impacted by the war on drugs, including sections on:

  • Drug use and criminalisation
  • The right to a fair trial and due process standards
  • Torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment
  • The death penalty and extrajudicial killings
  • Over-incarceration and arbitrary detention
  • The right to health
  • The right to social security and an adequate standard of living
  • Rights of the child
  • Cultural and indigenous rights

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