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 IDPC network outlines four key asks for member states towards ensuring that future drug policies are firmly situated within the UN priorities of protecting health and human rights, promoting development and advancing peace and security.
The International Indigenous Peoples Movement on Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) releases statement condemning the extra-judicial killings in Bangladesh and calls for the Government to uphold human rights.
Amidst the Philippine's war on drugs, President Duterte has promoted police officers involved in extrajudicial killings and torture practices, an action Human Rights Watch deems "a cruel affront to the families of victims."