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Saturday, May 07, 2016

Over 1,000 leaders worldwide slam failed prohibitionist drug policies, call on UN for systemic reform

More than 1,000 international leaders – prominent in the fields of politics, health, academics and entertainment – have publicly called for a “new global response to drugs,” in advance of an upcoming United Nations session.

The UN is currently holding a General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on drugs, at its New York headquarters. The three-day session involves a meeting of the UN’s member states, in which global drug policy priorities are being discussed and, hopefully, reassessed.

The UN has influenced international drug policy for over half a century. In 1961, it instituted the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs – formalizing a list of substances (including marijuana) to be classified as internationally illegal. Unlike typical UN documents – which make use of objective and factual statements – the Single Convention includes biased and subjective phrasing, including the description of drugs as a “serious evil”. This 55 year-old convention remains the legal backbone of modern drug policy, which is considerably contributory to mass incarceration in the United States, as well as violence, corruption, and human rights abuses in Latin America and Southeast Asia.



Anonymous said...

You do know the UN cant tell us S#!$÷ we have a constitution. Not a UN charter. Shove it. Just more methods to attempt to control large masses .. The UN should be defunded immediately it is an evil organization

Anonymous said...

we should Not do anything with the U.N. Understand many in the U.N., the U.S. government and governments around the world are making vast sums of money as they deal in the drug trade themselves.

Anonymous said...

The UN is trying to make one world which means bringing down America. Giving them control dooms us. The UN should be disbanded.

KBinLA said...

Agreed. It's outlived it's usefulness and has become just one more regulatory body.., like we need more of that.

Anonymous said...

100 nations have asked the U.N. for help. It's unlikely that they'll receive it.
Recall, though, that very many of the penalties for and prohibitions against drugs were dictated to many of these nations by U.S., using threats to withhold aid dollars and promises of additional dollars, law enforcement assistance (including overt and covert military operations) and relaxation of trade and other agreements.

The world is overrun with the drug trade and by all the damage that it does to the population, especially the young. Better plans have to be made, as the current ones, in force for the past forty and even eighty years, aren't working.
It is unlikely that the U.N. will be of any help. It's been part of the problem for fifty of those years.

So, who will lead?