HRI found that prison decongestion measures adopted around the world reduced the global prison population by less than 6%, far from the expectations and the political commitments made in the name of public health.
Chang et al. call for an end to the criminalisation of drug use and the enactment of a new reality based on solidarity and cooperation, to protect the health and restore of the rights and dignity of people who use drugs.
The survey identifies a range of issues such as the access to health and harm reduction services and the ongoing negative impact of criminalisation, stigma and discrimination on the lives of people who use drugs.
As the COVID-19 pandemic, and government responses to it, are exacerbating existing inequalities that pose particular risks and challenges for people who use drugs, States must use this opportunity to put in place effective policies to protect their rights.
Following the release of the UN World Drug Report, IDPC notes with concern that the UNODC is still unable to acknowledge the failure of decades of drug policies based on prohibition and punishment, and how these approaches fuel systemic human rights abuses such as racism, police violence and…
This live-streamed conversation will explore the current state of the drug war, the anti-racism protests taking place across the world, responses from political leaders and the rise of authoritarianism in the context of COVID-19.