In just 16 months, the Report managed to open up a discussion as frank as it was unprecedented of all the options available in the quest for more effective policies for dealing with the drug problem in the Hemisphere.
Based on accumulated evidence and data on non-medical use, diversion and trafficking, and evidence of ketamine’s therapeutic value, there are serious concerns around placing the substance under international control.
The annual report offers an analysis by the INCB of the current state of play with regards to international drug control. This year, the INCB has taken an unprecedented stance on human rights protection, in particular on the imposition of the death penalty for drug offences.
The CSTF was designed to ensure a balanced and inclusive civil society engagement and coordination in the preparatory process of the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the world drug problem in 2016.
The UN Human Rights Council approved a resolution that convenes a panel of experts to discuss drug policies and their rights impact. It also requests that the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights produce a technical report on this issue.
As dry as UN diplomatic gatherings appear, they play a key role in our effort to end the war on drugs; try new approaches to drug policy that reduce harm; end the criminalisation of drug users and keep non-violent drug offenders out of prison; and treat drugs overall as a health issue.
This course will provide students with the core legal foundations of human rights and drug control, present tools to undertake research and will introduce the political landscape of policy reform in the lead up to the UNGASS and beyond.
The Civil Society Task Force will hold the 5th Civil Society hearing in preparation for the high level thematic debate in support of process towards the 2016 special session of the General Assembly on the world drug problem.
At this side-event for the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, expert panelists on drug policies and corrections in peace-keeping/post-conflict situations will present the challenges and opportunities in those respective areas.