Historically, drug laws and their enforcement have resulted in multiple forms of human rights abuses. It is becoming increasingly clear that the human rights obligations to which countries have signed up must be applied in the area of drug policy, and the principles of health and human rights fully integrated into the international drug control system.
The workshop focused on seven key groups of detainees who have specific needs and who, according to the Nelson Mandela Rules and other standards, therefore require specific measures to be put into place to protect them and safeguard their rights.
UNAIDS sheds light on the global progress toward ending the AIDS epidemic, noting it has slipped dramatically off-track. People who inject drugs remain 22 times more likely to live with HIV than the general population.