Drug policies in East and South East Asia continue to focus extensively on tough drug laws and their enforcement, including disproportionate penalties for drugs offences (and the use of the death penalty), compulsory detention for people who use drugs, and forced crop eradication campaigns. However, some significant improvements have been made in the field of harm reduction.
Duterte declares families will not receive any justice for the deaths of family members killed in the war on drugs, he also reiterated that police or military personnel will not go to jail for their violent actions.
New bill in Thailand charts course for limited legalisation for narcotics while in addition drug use will be treated as a medical issue instead of a criminal one and rehabilitation will be promoted over criminalisation.
The International Indigenous Peoples Movement on Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) releases statement condemning the extra-judicial killings in Bangladesh and calls for the Government to uphold human rights.
Amidst the Philippine's war on drugs, President Duterte has promoted police offers involved in extrajudicial killings and torture practices, an action Human Rights Watch deems "a cruel affront to the families of victims."
In a joint statement released on 28 May 2018, Myanmar opium farmers demand the Government to stop to the arrests and criminalizing of opium farmers and instead implement development programs that provide services and assistance to farmers in poverty whose fields are constantly being eradicated.
This paper seeks to contribute to understanding of existing policies related to harm reduction in Cambodia, as well as the challenges to and opportunities for improvement in order to reduce the health and socio-economic harms associated with drug use.
This Paper provides an analysis of critical public health problems for the Philippine prison population, in relation to HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C (HCV), and offers recommendations
for addressing these ‘twin epidemics.’
The steps announced last week by the Chief of the Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) signal a departure from purely coercive approaches and a willingness to look into alternatives to incarceration.