Global Commissioners and former presidents Ruth Dreifuss of Switzerland, Fernando Henrique Cardoso of Brazil, and Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria, publish an opinion piece on drug policy reform in Southeast Asia in eight major papers, in ASEAN countries (Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand) and Hong Kong. Bangkok Post (Thailand)
PRESS RELEASE GENEVA, 24 February 2017 – On the eve of the 34th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, we have learned with deep concern of the arrest of Senator Leila de Lima, on charges linked to alleged corruption involving inmates incarcerated for drug trafficking. Senator de Lima,
Opinion piece in the New York Times, by César Gaviria, former President of Colombia and member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy. Read article in English. Read article in Spanish.
World leaders have called for an end to the criminalisation of drugs. The Global Commission on Drug Policy’s annual report advocates the removal of both civil and criminal penalties for drug use and possession. Prohibition of drugs has had “little or no impact” on the rate of drug use, the
The Global Commission on Drug Policy was born from the recognition that the prohibitionist and repressive “war on drugs,” which has persisted for the past 50 years, has failed. Drugs have always existed and have existed everywhere, and it is illusory to believe that their use can be eradicated completely,