Items tagged with human rights

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Duterte may face international court for drug deaths, senator says [15.08.2016] Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte could face charges for crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court (ICC) over the spate of killi ...
Indonesia’s push to execute drug convicts underlines flaws in justice system [12.08.2016] More than a year after Indonesia drew international censure by putting to death 12 foreigners convicted of drug crimes, the country has resumed a war ...
Thailand’s novel approach to drugs could offer lesson to neighbors [07.08.2016] Forward thinking is not what one has come to expect from the conservative military regime running Thailand for the past two years. But a government w ...
Rodrigo Duterte links 150 judges and politicians to drugs trade [06.08.2016] The Philippine president has publicly linked more than 150 judges, mayors, lawmakers and military personnel to illegal drugs, revoked their gun licen ...
Too near our doorsteps: guns and the war on drugs [02.08.2016] The spate of killings in the Phillipines has clearly drawn the divide – on the surface, between the rich and poor, but at the core, between those who ...
The dark side of Duterte's deadly but popular drugs war [01.08.2016] When the image of Jennelyn Olaires weeping as she cradled the body of her slain husband went viral in the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte call ...
Indonesia: families told that 14 death row prisoners will be executed [28.07.2016] Fourteen prisoners on death row, including inmates from Nigeria, Pakistan, India and South Africa, and four Indonesians, have been moved to isolation ...
Philippines president promises 'no let up' in brutal anti-drugs crackdown [24.07.2016] The Philippines leader known as “The Punisher” has defended his government’s brutal crackdown on the drugs trade in his inaugural State of the Nation ...
UNGASS 2016: A Broken or B-r-o-a-d Consensus? [05.07.2016] A special session of the General Assembly took place in April revealing a growing divergence in the global drug policy landscape. Difficult negotiati ...
Body count rises as new Philippines president calls for drug addicts to be killed [04.07.2016] Newly-installed Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has reiterated his tough stance on crime by urging the public to not only kill drug dealers, bu ...
Iran under pressure to abolish death penalty for drug trafficking [27.06.2016] Iran is under pressure to end its use of death penalty against drug traffickers after facing a serious shortfall in the international funding of the ...
Human rights study no reason to change cannabis regulation policy [15.06.2016] A recent study by Radboud University Nijmegen that concluded that regulating cannabis cultivation could improve human rights is no reason for the Net ...
Dutch cities renew call for regulated cannabis cultivation [09.06.2016] Almost 90 percent of Dutch municipalities supported a call on the government to allow experiments with regulated cannabis cultivation at the associat ...
The human-rights case for drug legalization [06.06.2016] The first shot in Mexico’s drug war was fired in December 2006, when Mexican President Felipe Calderon sent 6,500 security forces to reclaim Michoaca ...
Philippine president-elect promises 'a medal' to anyone who shoots a drug dealer [06.06.2016] Rodrigo Duterte, the new and controversial leader of the Philippines, has called for vigilante justice to deal with the country’s rampant drug trade. ...
Legal cannabis cultivation would cut violent crime: report [30.05.2016] Legalizing cannabis cultivation and trade could reduce violent crime related to illegal cultivation and could therefore protect human rights, accordi ...
The human rights 'win' at the UNGASS on drugs that no one is talking about, and how we can use it [09.05.2016] The April 2016 UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the world drug problem offered a unique opportunity to re-examine the approach of puni ...
TNI at UNGASS 2016: reports from New York [20.04.2016] The Transnational Institute (TNI) attended the 30th session of the UN General Assembly Special Session on the world drug problem in New York from the ...
Remarks Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights [19.04.2016] "When drugs are decriminalised and health care, including harm reduction, is available, which is the case in a number of Member States, drug dependen ...
UN backs prohibitionist drug policies despite call for more 'humane solution' [19.04.2016] The 2016 UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) has approved an agreement that leaves in place the prohibitionist policies banning narcotics us ...
Medical experts call for global drug decriminalisation [24.03.2016] An international commission of medical experts is calling for global drug decriminalisation, arguing that current policies lead to violence, deaths a ...
Unravelling the human cost of global drug policy [13.03.2016] The international drug control system has caused much greater damage than the substances it targets. Gross human rights violations have been committe ...
Striving for system-wide coherence [11.03.2016] In April 2016, the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) will convene its 30th Special Session (or ‘UNGASS’) – and the third to focus on the ‘w ...
Iran executed all adult men in one village for drug offences, official reveals [25.02.2016] The entire adult male population of a village in southern Iran has been executed for drug offences, according to Iran’s vice-president for women and ...
Decriminalise drugs to meet users' right to good health, says UN official [09.12.2015] All drug use should be decriminalised and possession made free from the threat of lengthy prison terms, the UN’s special rapporteur on the right to h ...
As UNGASS approaches, yet another devastating UN critique of the drug war is published [08.12.2015] A significant positive outcome has already emerged from next year’s UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on drugs in the form of much more di ...
UN: Swedish drug rules violate human rights [07.11.2015] Sweden's drug policies have come in for harsh criticism from the UN. Effective treatments against drug abuse, such as needle exchange programmes, are ...
Ruling in Mexico sets into motion legal marijuana [04.11.2015] The Supreme Court opened the door to legalizing marijuana, delivering a pointed challenge to Mexico’s strict substance abuse laws and adding its weig ...
New UN think-tank report: What comes after the War on Drugs? [02.11.2015] The UN's own thinktank, the United Nations University (UNU), published a report entitled What Comes After the War on Drugs? that argues that UNGASS 2 ...
World drug problem violates human rights in five key areas, says UN official [27.09.2015] The global drug problem violates human rights in five key areas – the right to health, the rights relating to criminal justice and discrimination, th ...
Majority of Spaniards oppose new "gag law" [06.07.2015] Three quarters of Spaniards oppose the country's new "gag law", which has brought in a series of measures opponents say hark back to the dark days of ...
The new drug warriors [01.05.2015] The war on drugs is edging towards a truce. Half of Americans want to lift the ban on cannabis. America’s change of heart has led many to wonder if t ...
Chan and Sukumaran execution 'illegal', but Indonesia ignores Australia again [01.05.2015] The execution of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran was illegal under international law, but Australia's request that Indonesia submit to the judgment ...
Which countries have the death penalty for drug smuggling? [27.04.2015] Indonesia executed eight convicted drug traffickers. The sentences have provoked outrage from the prisoners’ home countries, none of which hands down ...
Another UN agency savages the drug war [16.03.2015] The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the UN agency charged with developing strategies to reduce global poverty, has strongly criticised c ...
On the death penalty for drugs [02.03.2015] The Annual Report of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), released today, calls upon States that ‘continue to impose the death penalty f ...
Indonesia's executions: Drugs diplomacy in a diplomatic crisis? [25.02.2015] All diplomatic efforts earlier this month to save Brazilian and Dutch citizens from execution in Indonesia failed. Both were executed by firing squad ...
The United Nations General Assembly Special Session on drugs in 2016 [16.02.2015] In April 2016, representatives of the world’s nations will gather to evaluate drug policy in a United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGAS ...
The International Drug Control Regime and Access to Controlled Medicines [25.12.2014] The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that some 5.5 billion people around the globe inhabit countries with low to non-existent access to cont ...
The 'Fifth Stage' of Drug Control [30.11.2014] Writing in 1996, Norbert Gilmore noted that ‘little has been written about drug use and human rights. Human rights are rarely mentioned expressly in ...
Colombia, more than three decades of toxic sprayings. Enough! [26.09.2014] It is unfortunate that 35 years after the first chemical spraying in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, we are still writing about aerial sprayings in ...
Cross-regional statement on Drugs and Human Rights General Debate [25.09.2014] This is the first member states' crossregional statement on drugs and human rights in the human rights council. Download the Statement.
Former world leaders call for nations to decriminalize drug use and experiment with legalization [09.09.2014] Drug use should be decriminalized and governments should experiment with drug legalization and regulation, a group of former world leaders argues in ...
IDPC response to the 2013 Annual Report of the International Narcotics Control Board [14.08.2014] The publication of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) Report for 2013 took place in the context of major shifts in the drug policy land ...
Mexico legislators consider regulating marijuana to protect human rights [13.07.2014] In Mexico, since 2006 a public security strategy has been implemented based on militarization, which has prioritized the use of force – including let ...
Global drug policy is still deadly and ineffective [02.06.2014] If you actually read the treaties, while they do set firm limitations on the legal, "non-medical" or "non-scientific" sale of schedule drugs — limits ...
INCB speaks out against death penalty [05.03.2014] UN’s International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) unprecedented condemnation of the use of death penalty for drug-related offences is welcome if long ...
Promoting Human Rights - Based Drug Policies in Latin America [27.12.2013] "Latin American countries can take the lead in ensuring that national, regional, and ultimately international drug control policies are carried out i ...
Human rights and drug control: an irreconcilable contradiction? [15.10.2013] This week both the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in Vienna and the UN General Assembly 3rd Committee in New York discuss new drug control res ...
The Next Step in Drug Treatment [25.04.2013] The mandatory-sentencing craze that drove up the prison population tenfold, pushing state corrections costs to bankrupting levels, was rooted in New ...

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