Penal Reform International and the Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales (CELS) made a joint statement on drugs and human rights at the 36th Session of the Human Rights Council on 25 September 2017.
The statement highlighted how a range of well-documented human rights violations – such as increased police violence and mass incarceration of people involved in non-violent, low-level drug crimes – have occurred as a result of the so-called ‘war on drugs’ and drug-related policies. A human-rights perspective is needed in the design and implementation of drug policies around the world.
The statement forms part of PRI’s work to encourage the Human Rights Council to contribute to the ongoing debate on drug policy reform internationally and ensure a human rights-based approach is taken, given the vast human-rights impacts of the so-called ‘war on drugs’ over recent decades.
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