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CND day 1 - War on Drugs does not Justify Rights Violations: New Report Examines Widespread Abuses Due to Drug Control Policies

11 March 2008

(Vienna, March 10, 2008) – The United Nations must stop the ongoing subversion of human rights in the name of drug control, the Harm Reduction International , Human Rights Watch , the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and the Beckley Foundation Drug Policy Programme said in a joint report released today as the UN Commission on Narcotic… Read more

CND day 1 - UNODC chief calls for end to the death penalty for drug offences and a greater focus on human rights

10 March 2008

Harm Reduction International has welcomed today's statement by UNODC Executive Director, Antonio Maria Costa, calling for an end to capital punishment for drug offences, and a greater focus on human rights in drug enforcement activities. Speaking this morning at the opening session of the 51st Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) meeting in… Read more

HIV? Human Rights Abuses?...The INCB Has More Pressing Concerns

05 March 2008

Today, Hamid Ghodse and Philip Emafo of the International Narcotics Control Board launched a media offensive in the UK as part of the release of INCB’s 2007 Annual Report . Appearing on Channel 4 News, Channel 5 News, the BBC website and the front page of this morning’s London Metro, both Board members raised their concerns as UN drug… Read more

Harm Reduction International criticises INCB working practices in a new report

19 February 2008

The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB or the Board) plays an important role in the international drug control system, serving as an independent body monitoring states’ implementation of their obligations under the international drug conventions. It has, however, been criticised for being one of the most secretive bodies in the UN… Read more

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