Human Rights Council - Written Statement on Violations of the Right to Life in the Context of Drug Policies

Date: 02 June 2021

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Harm Reduction International and co-signatories congratulate Mr Tidball-Binz on his appointment as Special Rapporteur on summary executions. With this statement, we highlight key violations of the right to life enabled by repressive drug policies or reported in the context of drug law enforcement; and encourage this Rapporteur to pay specific attention to the impact of drug control on the right to life in future activities. 

Particular attention is paid to: the death penalty for drug offences; extrajudicial killings and other forms of arbitrary deprivation of life; and, positive obligations under the right to life.

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