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 paper, written in collaboration with the Correlation Network, describes the law enforcement and community involvement elements of the strategy, and provides available data on the results achieved so far.
In this paper, IDPC asks that the Commission considers a number of issues in relation to addressing punitive laws and practices that effectively criminalise the lives of people who use drugs in South East Asia and calls on governments to address these issues as a matter of urgency.
Through focusing on the promotion of individual and community health, this course will guide participants in developing a comprehensive understanding of current policies, programs and practices which address the harms which may result from the use and distribution of licit and illicit drugs.
The aim of the seminar was to engage high level officials in considering alternative options to the current mandatory treatment and rehabilitation system for managing drug using offenders in the country.
In December 2010, the Bombay High Court concluded arguments in a case challenging the constitutional validity of Section 31A of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 that imposes a mandatory death sentence for drug offences upon subsequent conviction.