Commissioners Arbour and ElBaradei in The Guardian: “The campaign for a ‘drug-free world’ is costing lives”

Read original article in The Guardian Drug control efforts across the world are a threat to human dignity and the right to life. In 2017, more than 70,000 people died from a drug overdose in the US. Among the reasons for these deaths are the lack of access to health and harm-reduction services,

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Commissioners Dreifuss, Santos and Zedillo, Project Syndicate: “Legalization Is the Only Viable Drug Policy”

Read original article on Project Syndicate After decades of wasted money and lost lives, it is time for governments to stop prosecuting a futile war on psychoactive substances, and instead embrace drug legalization and regulation. Only by taking back control of the drug market from criminals can policymakers begin to

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Commissioner Ramos-Horta in South China Morning Post: “Asia’s brutal drug policies have failed”

Read original article in South China Morning Post. Asia is characterised by some of the world’s harshest approaches to combating illicit use of drugs, an almost entirely one-dimensional security approach as opposed to a more integrated humane, political, social and security approach. The victims are mainly the urban and rural

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Khalid Tinasti dans Le Temps: “Pour en finir avec la guerre contre la drogues”

Read original article in Le temps OPINION. La prévention contre le trafic et la consommation de drogue dans le monde doit être revue en faisant mieux collaborer Vienne et Genève, écrit Khalid Tinasti, secrétaire général de la Commission globale de politique en matière de drogues Le système international de contrôle des

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Commissioner Ramos-Horta: “Put Human Rights in Global Drug Policy”

Read original post in the Harvard Health and Human Rights Journal. Around the world, people have experienced one of the most widespread and shameful human rights failures of our time—the global war on drugs. Barely a day passes without some tragedy or abuse fuelled by misguided drug policies hitting the

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Khalid Tinasti in Modern Ghana: “Africa’s Time To Shape International Drug Policy”

Read original article in Modern Ghana. Africa’s Time To Shape International Drug Policy Last March, during a discussion on the decriminalization of drug use at a diplomatic dinner in Vienna, where the United Nations’ drug control entities sit, a Central African representative said that “African countries cannot decriminalize, because only

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Khalid Tinasti in The Daily Star, Bangladesh: “Drug Policies should be first of all concerned with preserving public health”

Bangladesh’s recent impetus on cracking down on drug abuse and trade has led to some divisive results—while there is no doubt that this is an issue that needs to be addressed, the approach taken by the authorities has been questioned. The country recently passed the Narcotics Control Bill 2018, which

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Commissioner Clark: Another decade lost to the global war on drugs

Read original article in The Hill. In my experience as head of my country’s government and previously a health minister, as a former senior official at the United Nations, and more recently as a member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, I’ve found debates on drug policy tend to be divisive

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Commissioners Gaviria, Obasanjo and Ramos-Horta en El País: “No estamos ganando la guerra contra las drogas”

Read original article in El País. No estamos ganando la guerra contra las drogas Retiremos el control de los mercados de las manos de la delincuencia organizada Se estima que el mercado delictivo de las drogas asciende a entre 425.000 y 650.000 millones de dólares. Cada vez más recursos ―más de 100.000 millones

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Part II of Ruth Dreifuss interview with 95bFM, New Zealand

Listen to interview. Ruth Dreifuss discusses on radio 95bFM in New Zealand the Global Commission’s recent report, Regulation: the responsible control of drugs, and talks about what the current global drug control stance, the cultural difference between alcohol and drugs and what is meant by regulation. (This is part II of a series

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