RECOMMENDATIONS TO STATES ON STEPS TO ENSURE HUMAN RIGHTS IN DRUG POLICY
AT THE CND HIGH-LEVEL MINISTERIAL SEGMENT ON ADDRESSING AND COUNTERING THE “WORLD DRUG PROBLEM” AND ITS REGULAR SESSION14 Mar 2019 | Vienna, Austria
The process conducted in 2018 by the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) to assess the implementation of the “joint commitment to effectively addressing and countering the world drug problem”, adopted after the UN General Assembly Special Session on drugs in 2016, has been an important opportunity for States and other stakeholders to evaluate and critically assess the impact drug policies have had on human rights.
Governments have an important opportunity during the 2019 High-level Ministerial Segment and the CND regular session to ensure that the next decade in international drug policy is strongly grounded in human rights principles to ensure that drug control efforts are effectively designed to protect people and do not result in further harm.
Amnesty International is calling on all UN Member States to ensure that the Ministerial Declaration adopted at the conclusion of the High-level Ministerial Segment contains strong language to ensure that human rights will berespected and protected during the design and implementation of drug policies and that States’ obligations underinternational human rights law are upheld in all drug-related matters.