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.
Accessible and evidence-based treatment services for people experiencing difficulties in relation to their drug use are rare in Thailand. Investment in a public health approach, departing from harmful and costly punitive responses, is urgently needed.
IDPC, HRI and NoBox Philippines urge the Council and Member States to respond to the deteriorating conditions of human rights in the Philippines in relation to the governments so-called 'war on drugs'.