Major shift in global drug policies: the Human Rights Council catches up with the Commission on Narcotic Drugs

5 Apr 2018

In a resolution titled Contribution to the implementation of the joint commitment to effectively addressing and countering the world drug problem with regard to human rights, the Human Rights Council (HRC) of the United Nations made an unexpected step ahead in the discussions on drug policies at the international level.

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On March 16th, 2018, the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) central legislative UN body in charge of drug-related matters, failed for the first time in 72 years to reach the consensus needed to go ahead normally with its work. Just 5 days later, as if taking advantage of this situation, the HRC adopted also as a premiere (and with a large majority), a resolution that seriously increases its role and involvement on the areas of drug policy, that mandates its Commissioner for a proactive attitude in defense of human rights, and that clearly calls for an appraisal of the prohibitionist era.

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