A recent OHCHR report underscores the vast human rights issues fueled by the drug war, encouraging member nations to transition away from punitive drug control measures in favor of a public health-centered approach.
Ann Fordham (IDPC Executive Director) analyses the key takeaways and significance of the OHCHR's latest report, noting how its call for transformative change includes an unprecedented recommendation to consider the responsible regulation of illegal drug markets.
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.
IDPC calls on the UN system and Member States to initiate a process to evaluate the human rights impacts of the global drug control regime, and to propose concrete steps for its reform and modernisation.
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.
The Deputy High Commissioner urges that instead of the war on drugs, states should adopt drug policies anchored in evidence, human rights approaches and public health and vows to stand ready to support states, civil society and other stakeholders in this endeavour.