African drug policies remain entrenched in a repressive, law enforcement-focused approach. Intensified drug trafficking in the region has raised concerns about the capacity of governments to tackle drug-related issues, as well as weak institutions, corruption and human rights violations. However, some movements for reform are now taking place in West Africa and several East African states.
The Virtual Conference on Drug Demand Reduction in Africa - Prevention, Treatment and Epidemiology will take place through a series of six plenary sessions beginning September 16, 2020, through to November 10, 2020.
CIVICUS, Aidsfonds and Frontline AIDS discuss restrictions imposed on key populations and civil society in responding to the HIV epidemic, with case studies from Indonesia, Ukraine, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.
This last webinar will focus on drug policy and drug policy reform, especially in light of the failed and harmful "War on Drugs". It will explore the need to have a human rights based approach to drug policy that is done with meaningful involvement of people who use drugs.
IDPC and TNI argue that the WHO’s recommendations will be an opportunity for African States to further decolonise drug control and strengthen the legal basis for emerging medicinal cannabis programmes.