While the longer-term impacts of the ban on the global heroin supply will greatly depend on potential subsequent bans on cultivation and trade, the livelihoods of thousands of landless labourers are in danger.
While it is not yet clear whether the Taliban's opium ban will remain, policymakers must consider the huge risk of increased overdose deaths in Europe if the heroin supply does dry up, and urgently begin contingency planning and delivery of interventions.
HRI's twelfth report documents the drastic increase of drug-related executions that have taken place over the course of 2022, the inadequate responses of institutional actors, and the robust resistance of civil society.
Compulsory rehabilitation centres for people who use drugs constitute a grave violation of human rights, and must be replaced by voluntary, community-based treatment that provides evidence-informed and human-rights based services.
This collection of essays puts into sharp relief that state-sanctioned and extrajudicial killings in the name of drug control have less to do with preserving cultural values and more to do with preserving political power.