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.
Just last year on the 26th June (International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking), 2 drug dealers were executed in front of over 300 people including schoolchildren who were made to go as a form of deterrent.
This participatory workshop will offer a space for experienced campaigners in Asia to reflect on advocacy achievements, identify and prioritise pending challenges, and devise context-specific strategies for expanding the impact and reach of the Support. Don’t Punish campaign.
IDPC evaluates the impacts of drug policies implemented in Asia over the past decade, assessing progress made towards international and regional goals and concluding on the need to move away from the damaging drug-free approach.
UNODC fin a general trend of decreasing prices and supply of opium, suggesting a possible decrease in demand. Of the 11 countries in the East and Southeast region of Asia that systematically share drug data with the UNODC, 9 of them now place methamphetamine as the top drug of concern - compared…