Decriminalizing of drugs, the only pathway by Presidents Obasanjo, Lagos and Dreifuss

 Drug trafficking and the black market are, to a large extent, a direct consequence of the international drug control system and the national laws that are derived therefrom.2016 has been a pivotal year for drug policy on a global level. THURSDAY, AUG. 11, 2016. BRENNAN LINSLEY/AP/SIPA The review of a

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Duterte’s war on drugs is not the answer by Richard Branson

It’s not easy to suppress frustration and anger reading news from the Philippines these days. When President Rodrigo Duterte took office on June 30th, he vowed to double down on the country’s war on drugs – and double down he did.Duterte openly called on police and others to kill anyone

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We Must End the War on Drugs by Richard Branson

Published in Der Zeit on July 6, 2016 Sir Richard Branson, the entrepreneur and advocate for social causes, is a member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy. The panel wants to bring about informed, science-based discussions about humane and effective ways to reduce the harm caused by drugs to

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International Journal of Drug Policy: MENA special issue

Monday June 20, 2016 CONTACT: secretariat@globalcommissionondrugs.org Full report here:http://digitalreprints.elsevier.com/t/183963-ijdp-special-focus-on-middle-east-and-north-africa Experts review drug policy in the Middle East and North Africa, and analyze its impact on public health and human rights After more than a century of drug policies aimed at eliminating drug use in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

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End AIDS by 2030? Not Without Harm Reduction

 02/06/2016 11:27 | Updated 3 hours ago  Dainius Puras UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health, professor of child and adolescent psychiatry and public mental health at Vilnius university  Anand Grover Former UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, Designated Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India, Director, Lawyers Collective, India  Paul Hunt Professor, School

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Much ado about nothing? The Global Commission on Drug Policy assessment of UNGASS

Expert guest for PRI Pavel Bém 18th May 2016 Pavel Bém is former Mayor of Prague and a member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy,Czech Republic. Here he gives his assessment of April’s UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the world drug problem. The United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on “the world

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CBC Interview with Commissioners Dreifuss, Arbour and Kazatchkine,

Following the UNGASS 2016, Commissioners Dreifuss, Arbour and Kazatchkine spoke with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation regarding the outcomes of the meeting, harm reduction and what to expect beyond UNGASS.  The report is in French. http://ici.radio-canada.ca/emissions/desautels_le_dimanche/2015-2016/archives.asp?date=2016/04/24&indTime=165&idmedia=7493862

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Former Latin American leaders urge world to end war on drugs ‘disaster’

by Alan Yuhas @alanyuhas Three former presidents of Latin American nations have urged the world to end the “unmitigated disaster” of the war on drugs, and denounced the United Nations for secrecy and shortsightedness ahead of the first special assembly on drugs in 18 years. “Outdated drug policies around the world

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The secret to fighting U.S. heroin epidemic by Ruth Dreifuss

Ruth Dreifuss is the former President of Switzerland, serving in 1999. She is a member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author. (CNN)Drug overdose deaths in the United States have tripled since 2010. And so it makes sense that President

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The hardline approach to drugs must end by Richard Branson

The declaration of the UN general assembly special session (UNgass) on drugs agreed this week is long on rhetoric and short on substance. Many key issues are missing. It does not call for an end to criminalization and incarceration and capital punishment for drug-related offenses. It fails to request the World Health

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