Western Europe remains at the forefront of evidence-based harm reduction and treatment interventions. The majority of the countries in the region have adopted a health-based strategy towards drug use (including decriminalisation of possession for personal use), and are moving towards more proportionate sentences for drug offences.
This side event will discuss the various issues associated with the mass incarceration of women for drug offences, and propose a series of recommendations for reform, from a gender and feminist perspective.
FEDITO BLX and IDPC make recommendations for Belgium's UPR, focusing on adopting a public health approach, decriminalising people who use drugs and providing a clear legal framework for drug consumption rooms.
Informed by international case studies, the Scottish government highlights the role of criminalisation in exacerbating harm and undermining health responses, acknowledging the need for a sweeping policy overhaul.