BBC World Service: “Nigeria’s Obasanjo speaks out on drug policy”

The Global Commission on Drug Policy – a group of eminent world leaders – has called for a rethink on drugs policy. They’ve released a new report saying the current attitude of stigmatising drugs is hindering effective policy-making, and argue that governments should be talking about ‘harm reduction’ rather than

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It’s time that evidence, not stigma, drive SA’s drug policies

by Commissioners Obasanjo and Grover South Africa has taken a lead in the HIV response, but HIV won’t be overcome until the country faces some hard truths about drug abuse and its own prejudices. South Africa has paved the way for evidence-based prevention, treatment and care. The country defied private

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Open Letter to President Obama

[Published in The Huffington Post, 9 January 2017] Mr. President, We wish to thank you for the great commitment you have shown to revisit the punitive approach to drug policy, particularly with regards to the pardon of low-level drug offenders. These individuals have committed no violent act, yet they have

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Interview with Commissioner Obasanjo: “Der Drogenhandel in Westafrika muss durchdachter bekämpft werden”

Wohl wird nur ein Bruchteil des weltweit geschmuggelten Kokains in Westafrika umgeschlagen. Die erzielten Umsätze übersteigen aber die Budgets mancher Staaten. Eine intelligentere Antidrogenpolitik müsste sich auf die Bekämpfung der Folgen in den einzelnen Ländern konzentrieren. Dafür braucht Westafrika die Hilfe seiner Partner. „Die Polizei nahm mich fest. Als wir

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Descriminalización de drogas

COLABORADOR INVITADO / Olusegun Obasanjo y Ricardo Lagos y Ruth Dreifuss 07 Sep. 2016 El 2016 ha sido un año fundamental para la política de drogas a nivel global. La evaluación de más de cincuenta años de un régimen prohibicionista ha resultado en reformas en países tan diversos como Jamaica,

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La répression de la consommation de drogues renforce les organisations criminelles

Tant qu’existera un marché noir, tant que les consommateurs et les petits acteurs non violents du marché seront criminalisés, la répression continuera de faire des ravages, estiment Ruth Dreifuss, Ricardo Lagos et Olusegun Obasanjo, respectivement anciens présidents de la Confédération suisse, du Chili et du Nigéria. 2016 est, au niveau mondial,

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Después de la UNGASS 2016: el fin de la criminalización de las drogas es el único camino

Mientras siga existiendo un mercado negro billionario; mientras los usuarios y los actores a menor escala en el mercado sean criminalizados y encarcelados; y mientras que el crimen organizado tenga acceso a este atractivo flujo de ingresos, el control de la droga continuará causando estragos en nuestras sociedades. por Presidentes

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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

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