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The role of drug policy in elevating both real and imagined social dysfunction is behind the clamoring for 'sensible sentencing'. This is attributable to the enforcement of USA centric United Nations International Conventions that have been highly critisised by its own Human Rights Rapporteur and other NGO's in Vienna.
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The United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture, Professor Manfred Nowak, has called on UN member states to adopt a rights based approach to drug policies in his forthcoming report to the Human Rights Council. Recognising that the human rights and drug policy regimes in the UN have 'evolved practically detached' from each other, Prof Nowak's report submitted for the 10th session of the Council draws the attention of members states to the issues of 'drug users in the context of the criminal justice system and situations resulting from restricted access to drugs for palliative care.'
Last weeks presentations to the UN Committee on Narcotic Drugs [CND] put good measure to the massive scale of the problem and highlighted the exclusion of harm reduction and cost/benefit analysis of this crucial justice policy.
"Instead, they produced a declaration that is not only weak - it actually undermines fundamental health and human rights obligations." - Prof. Gerry Stimson, executive director of the International Harm Reduction Association.
Lip service to policy being 'underpinned by health' was highlighted by Assoc. Minister of Health, Hon Peter Dunne telling the review that NZ continues to have an 'abstinance' focus, yet he failed to tell them we legally regulated psychoactive recreational drug use on the 6th of Nov. last year.