Council of Europe: Integrating human rights into drug policies


"According to the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights, meeting in Berlin, member States should “optimise human rights protections in the implementation of drug control policies”.

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Council of Europe: Integrating human rights into drug policies (link):

"The report by Hannah Bardell (United Kingdom, NR), adopted today by the committee, highlights that purely repressive policies have generated many human rights abuses, such as discrimination, the use of excessive force, disproportionate sentencing, prison overcrowding, with detrimental impact on public health.

The committee also recommends the adoption of evaluation mechanisms, with the identification of indicators based on international human rights standards and the implementation of data collection methods on the effects of drug policies on health, crime and equality."

See: Drug policy and human rights in Europe: a baseline study (pdf) and: Replies to questionnaire (pdf)

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