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.
This report includes a wide range of examples in which human rights standards and norms are infringed as a result of state activities pursued in the name of drug control. This clearly demonstrates the need for close attention to this issue within the UN system.
The International Narcotics Control Board has been criticised for being one of the most secretive bodies in the UN system. It holds its meetings behind closed doors. No minutes are published. There is no opportunity for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to observe or make submissions.
On 10th December 2007 - International Human Rights Day - IHRA released a major report calling for an end to the use of the death penalty for drug offences around the world. The report argues that the on-going execution of drug offenders is a violation of international human rights law.
The authors of this book come from abroad variety of professional and geographical backgrounds. they examine barriers to health and social services - and ways to overcome them - in their respective working environments. The diversity of contributions produces rich information and provides an…
The first version of this guide has been posted on the IDPC website. It serves as an introduction to the structure and operation of the UN drug control system, and describes the forthcoming process of review leading to the political meeting in 2009.
This article by Jamie Bridge describes the impact that policing practice can have on harm reduction approaches - as well as the efforts that have been made to engage law enforcement personnel in harm reduction interventions and training.
The third briefing paper from IDPC is a response to the call of the European Commission for civil society organisations to express their views on the Commission's Green Paper on the Role of Civil Society in Drugs Policy in the European Union.