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.
Reprieve and LBHM outline how the lack of coherence between development planning and the government's punitive drug policy casts a shadow over the country's social, economic and environmental achievements.
A report by the OHCHR confirmed findings and concerns of widespread and systematic killings and arbitrary detention in the context of the war on drugs, killings and abuses targeting farmers and indigenous peoples, the silencing of independent media, critics and the opposition.
Monash University, ADPAN and HRI demonstrate how the current Malaysian death penalty framework do not meet fair trial standards and outline significant socio-economic, nationality and language barriers.
The 2020 APBC will be an opportunity to share experiences, advocacies, and ideas not only among Asians but to learn as well from experts, practitioners, and policymakers from other regions of the world.
Signatories call upon the Myanmar Government to adopt immediate measures to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks in the country’s prisons, including the release of all prisoners with underlying medical conditions as well as those detained for non-violent offences.