NGOs highlight human rights violations committed in the name of drug control

Categories: Policy.

These submissions will be sent to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), to inform their report on the impact of drugs and drug control on human rights.

The OHCHR report will in turn feed into the 2016 UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on drugs, which will be held in 2016.

A series of NGOs have submitted letters highlighting human rights issues impacted by drug control such as:

  • mass incarceration
  • development
  • access to essential medicine
  • harm reduction access
  • compulsory detention of drug users
  • the use of the death penalty
  • women’s rights; and
  • other human rights violations caused by the war on drugs.

International, regional and national hospice and palliative care organisations – and partners – have prepared a Joint Submission on Controlled Medicines Policy and Human Rights, focusing on the need for countries to ensure people have access to controlled substances for medical purposes.

Access the Joint Submission on Controlled Medicines Policy and Human Rights, as well as submissions by other organisations on the IDPC website.