UN at­tempt to de­crim­i­nalise drugs foiled

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

An at­tempt by UN of­fi­cials to get coun­tries to de­crim­i­nalise the pos­ses­sion and use of all drugs has been foiled, the BBC can re­veal.

A pa­per from the UN Of­fice on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has been with­drawn af­ter pres­sure from at least one coun­try. The doc­u­ment, which was leaked, rec­om­mends that UN mem­bers con­sider “de­crim­i­nal­is­ing drug and pos­ses­sion for per­sonal con­sump­tion”.

It ar­gued “ar­rest and in­car­cer­a­tion are dis­pro­por­tion­ate mea­sures”.

The doc­u­ment was drawn up by Dr Mon­ica Beg, chief of the HIV/AIDs sec­tion of the UNODC in Vi­enna. It was pre­pared for an in­ter­na­tional harm re­duc­tion con­fer­ence in Kuala Lumpur next month.

The UNODC over­sees in­ter­na­tional drugs con­ven­tions and of­fers guid­ance on com­pli­ance.

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