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 incarceration of women involved in low-level drug offences does not contribute effectively to addressing the world’s drug problem. Instead, it perpetuates a vicious cycle of victimisation, placing them in situations of further injustice.
The INCB report provides global coverage of major drug developments, before presenting core recommendations including a regulated market for cannabis, and a more transparent publication of drug-related data collection.