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.
UNODC has partnered with Indonesia to assist the country in their move from the practice of imprisoning drug users to instead rehabilitating them in an effort to decrease prison populations and address drug use as a public health topic.
Women4GlobalFund releases a statement on June 26th calling on international governments, researchers, and the Global Fund to protect, support, and advocate for women who use drugs and their universal human rights.
Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos has decided to reinstate the disastrous policy of coca fumigation through using drones and glyphosate, an herbicide that has links to cancer and can critically harm people, especially farmers.
New Colombian president Ivan Duque plans to resume coca fumigation along with supporting wealthy landowners, two hard-line stances that will bring about tension and disputes between citizens and the new administration.