New book by HRDP Chair, Rick Lines: Drug Control & Human Rights in International Law

Drug Control and Human Rights in International Law (2017) by Rick Lines . Published by Cambridge University Press. This book explores the emerging area of the human rights impacts of drug control. Beginning with a legal historical review of the …

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Special Section on Drug Control and Human Rights - Guest Editors Julie Hannah and Rick Lines

This special section of Health and Human Rights Journal (June 2017) examines some of the many ways in which international and domestic drug control laws engage human rights and create an environment of enhanced human rights risk. In this edition, …

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Why Human Rights Matter in Drug Policy - an Introductory Video by Julie Hannah

From  cultivation to consumption,  drug control policies too often lead to an increase in human rights violations.   In this 6 minute video, Julie Hannah, Co-Director of the International Centre on Human Rights and Drug Policy,  provides an …

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Book Launch: The War on Drugs and the Global Colour Line Edited by Kojo Koram

An international collection of essays revealing the racism inherent in the War on Drugs.   The War on Drugs has led to millions of people dead, displaced and incarcerated. Disproportionately enforced on oppressed races, international drug …

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Launch of Landmark International Guidelines on Human Rights and Drug Policy in Vienna (March 2019)

A coalition of UN Member States, UN entities and leading human rights experts meeting at the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna   launched a landmark set of international legal standards to transform and reshape global responses to the world …

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MEET THE APPLICANTS: Kurmanayevskiy et al v The Russian Federation

People who use drugs in Russia face a range of social, legal and economic barriers to access health services, particularly in the treatment of their drug dependence.  Despite the overwhelming body of scientific evidence, the Russian Federation has …

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