The entire UN system, including CND and UNODC, must join the growing number of UN agencies and Member States documenting and denouncing the harms of the ‘war on drugs’, and calling for drug policies that centre human rights.
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.
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.