The launch of the report brought together over 60 representatives from civil society, community networks and public authorities, prompting a discussion on the need to end rights-violating practices against people who use drugs.
Governments and UN entities must take up their “historical responsibility” and reform drug policies ensuring that human rights are front and centre. At this juncture, with the drug war’s harms laid bare, anything less would be unconscionable.
The question of ‘when change is going to finally happen’ will continue to be a difficult one. But we can confidently say that thanks to Support. Don't Punish campaigners' shared and steadfast commitment, it is much closer than it was 10 years ago.
Fighting the imperialist 'war on drugs' must be part of a much broader struggle to dismantle the multiple overlapping systems of oppression that have sought to despoil and disappear Indigenous communities worldwide.
Accessible and evidence-based treatment services for people experiencing difficulties in relation to their drug use are rare in Thailand. Investment in a public health approach, departing from harmful and costly punitive responses, is urgently needed.