Re-interpreting the International Conventions on Drugs

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.

Realizing the outmost importance of this document, DIOGENIS took the initiative of translating the aforementioned document in Greek and Serbian languages. 

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.

Although the UNODC document speaks about re-interpretation of the drug conventions and not of change of their content, the description of dilemma’s and often the rejection of many practices of the current drug control system can help the discussion to re-examine the content of the three international drug conventions, provide support for the approach that drug policies should focus more on health than crime and to underline that international conventions need in the end to be revisited and amended.

Briefly, the main points of re-interpretation as presented and analyzed in the specific document are:

Do the Conventions commit governments to implement a prohibitionist regime?

Do the Conventions hinder the availability of controlled drugs for medical purpose?

Do the Conventions treat drug users as criminals who require punishment?

Do the Conventions support unqualified interventions for prevention of drug use and treatment of drug dependence?

Do the Conventions support compulsory treatment?

Are the Conventions against harm reduction strategies?

Are the Conventions against the use of controlled narcotic drugs in the treatment of drug dependence?

Are the Conventions against human rights?

Do the Conventions support the death penalty for drug related crimes?

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