Overall, the INCB was a positive presence at this year’s CND, and its contributions were by and large progressive, re-stating opposition to the use of the death penalty, advocating access to medicines, strongly supportive of human rights, and making itself available to civil society for discussions
The OHCHR has issued a letter asking to receive relevant information covering developments since 19 December 2019 on the question of the moratorium on the use of the death penalty, to be submitted no later than 1 May 2018.
Despite the unequivocal link between the drug policy debates and human rights, the negotiations in Geneva held over several weeks were not easy, demonstrated by the oral amendments to the text that were made even in the last hour.
The annual letter points out that harmful political choices, including rapid donor transitions, criminalisation and unscientific public health programmes have left many countries and regions with no end to AIDS in sight.
International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is a global event held on 31 August each year. It aims to raise awareness around overdose and reduce the stigma of drug-related death, while also providing the opportunity to lobby politicians about overdose and demand better community responses.
Harm Reduction International points out that prohibitionist and punitive approaches to drugs fail to achieve any reduction in drug use and trafficking, and are a clear violation of fundamental human rights under international law