Narcotics Watchdog Turns Blind Eye to Rights Abuses

Publication date: 28 March 2012

Patrick Gallahue's most recent op-ed presents a strong argument against the reluctance of the International Narcotics Control Board to condemn the human rights violations done in the name of drug control.

The INCB, a quasi-judicial monitoring mechanism known and 'guardian' of the international drug control treaties, has remained silent about the imposition of forced labor at compulsory drug detention centres, despite the condemnation of twelve UN agencies this month. It has also refused to comment on the death penalty for drug offenders, arguing that it was beyond the mandate of the INCB and 'such sanctions were the "exclusive prerogative" of States.'

Read here Patrick Gallahue's full analysis on the arguments by the INCB and how they contradict international human rights law.