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.
The workshop highlighted the fact that a local policy addressing Harm Reduction and HIV services (including human rights aspects and service equity) is best designed through community collaboration and consultation with local and international advocates.
The Fellowship is designed to expose participants to international networks of global drug policy and to connect them with various advocates at the host organization, in their home country or region, and globally.
As more countries move away from drug prohibition, Indonesia is about to step up its efforts to defend it. Proposed revisions to the country's criminal code promote harsh penalties for the use and possession of narcotics - including society's ultimate sanction, the death penalty - instead of a…
Myanmar's reform on its legal and policy framework is a clear sign that the Government has acknowledged the shortcomings of the previous strategy, which was primarily based on the use of repressive measures.
This paper provides recommendations for overcoming challenges in light of current policies and practices in Thailand so that the drug treatment system can result in improved health and human rights outcomes for people who use drugs and people dependant on drugs.
The death penalty, which represents an extreme example of the perverse ways in which governments punish people suspected of involvement with illegal drug, is still being used by countries around the world including Malaysia.