Centrally include human rights at the 2016 UNGASS on "the world drug problem"

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Movement:Demand Drug Policy Reform
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Centrally include human rights at the 2016 UNGASS on "the world drug problem"

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SUIT MBE started this petition to Sunny Dhadley FRSA

Some background, during the second half of the 20th century there have been 3 main conventions where the world looked at ways to get the issue of drugs under control. They were – 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substance and 1988 Convention Against Illicit Trafficking. All three had a focus on eliminating the world drug problem with the main driver being law enforcement. There have subsequently been two UNGASS gatherings (United Nations General Assembly Special Sessions on Drugs) and a high level meeting. At the 1998 UNGASS the international community set a deadline of 2008 for the World to become “drug free”.

Although the initial concept of the assembly was surely to help the world’s population, there have been catastrophic and repressive unintended consequences to so called ‘War on Drugs’. Here are some of the fundamental failings that the society of planet earth must deal with if we are to truly tackle this war on drugs (which inadvertently turned in to the war on people who use drugs) -: huge black markets on the sale, supply and trafficking of drugs (said to be worth an estimated $200-400 million per annum), AIDS and Hepatitis epidemics, mass incarceration (particularly for minor drug related offences) and disproportionate sentencing (especially for women). In addition, globally there are an estimated 500 drug related deaths every day with 246 million people admitting that they used an illicit substance in 2013.

Please support this petition so that 'human rights' are key and central in the discussions in New York in April 2016.

 

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