Harm Reduction International highlight key debates, decisions and documents in which drug control and its impact on human rights were analysed and addressed at the 54th session of the Human Rights Council.
OHCHR present their report to the Human Rights Council on the impact of the world drug problem on human rights, urging policymakers to shift towards a health and human-rights centred approach to drug policy.
The latest Human Rights Council resolution on the human rights implications of drug policy represents the most ambitious and progressive resolution on the matter to date, and should influence the outcome of the upcoming 2024 mid-term review of the 2019 Ministerial Declaration.
IDPC sheds light on key political wins including in relation to countering racial discrimination in drug policy, recognising the importance of harm reduction for the right to health, protecting Indigenous rights, and promoting engagement by UN human rights bodies in drug policy debates.
IDPC highlights how the increasing involvement of UN human rights entities in drug policy debates has paved the way for greater, yet still insufficient, consideration of health, human rights and development.
IDPC & Amnesty International urge the Special Rapporteur on Cambodia and the Human Rights Council to urge the Cambodian government to significantly reduce arbitrary detention and incarceration, including through reviewing and amending punitive drug policies.