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 HNZ apologised to the thousands of people it evicted, and said it was “dismayed at the scale of the human impact of the zero-tolerance policy” and was working to be a more compassionate organisation.
In this response, IDPC analyses the 2017 INCB Annual Report, paying special attention to its foreword, its thematic chapter on treatment, as well as the cross-cutting issues of health, human rights and cannabis policies.
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.