The Civil Society Forum on Drugs (CSF), an expert group of the European Commission with more than forty members representing leading European NGOs, held its annual plenary meeting in Brussels last week (7-8/11). The Forum has become an important voice, but it needs more inclusion and funding from EU institutions. “Diogenis” is an official member of the CSFD and at that meeting was represented by Nikos Stergiou.
The Forum, is a diverse group of NGOs representing different fields, regions and ideological approaches an it has four working groups. Read more
The 4th edition of the series ‘Globar Overview’ by Harm Reduction International on the question of the death penalty for offenses related to drugs are available here!
The supreme right, that of life, is violated in at least 33 countries of the world, where the law provides the death penalty for offenses related to drugs.
We support the immediate abolition of the death penalty and asking for policies that will ensure the safety, security, public health, respect for human rights and the fundamental principles of freedom of all persons without discrimination.
LONDON (2nd August 2016) – Civil society groups from across the globe, including prominent human rights NGOs, have called on UN drug control authorities to urge an immediate stop to the extrajudicial killings of suspected drug offenders in the Philippines. Since 10th May 2016, more than 700 people have been killed by police and vigilantes in the Philippines for being suspected of using or dealing drugs, as a direct result of recently-elected President Duterte’s campaign to eradicate crime within six months.
Until now, however, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) – the UN agencies responsible for global drug control – have failed to condemn the Philippines for these gross human rights violations committed in the name of drug control.
Over 300 non-governmental organisations – NGO Diogenis among them – today sent an open letter to the UNODC Executive Director, Mr. Yury Fedotov, and the INCB President, Mr. Werner Sipp, asking them to take immediate action aimed at putting a stop to the extrajudicial killings.
“It is critical that the voices of civil society organisations working in the area of drugs are heard in national and international forums”.
The Civil Society Forum on Drugs (CSFD)* created a questionnaire for civil society organisations with the aim of identifying the current situation concerning Civil Society engagement in national drug policy across Europe. The information you provide will be used to draft a report for consideration by the forum at its plenary meeting in November 2016. Read more
Translation of the UNODC document: “Drug policy provisions from the International Drug Control Conventions”
On March 2014, as part of the preparations for the high-level review on the implementation of the Political Declaration and Plan of Action on International Cooperation towards an Integrated and Balanced Strategy to Counter the World Drug Problem by Member States , UNODC prepared the document “Drug Policy Provisions from the International Drug Control Conventions”. This document is discussing the implications of the three International Conventions for drug policy.
The objective behind this initiative is to enhance a dialogue both at local and regional level, in order to bring about substantial changes in the way conventions are interpreted and implemented by governments.