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The United Nations And Drug Policy: Towards A Human Rights-Based Approach

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This chapter argues that the aims of international drug policy must be revisited in line with the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations and the binding normative framework of human rights. It further argues that the UN drug conventions are insufficient, alone, as a legal framework for the complex issue of drug policy, and that human rights law must be recognised by the relevant organs of the UN as a part of that framework. The implications of this 'expanded' legal framework for the current pillars of international drug policy are then considered, as are the human rights obligations of the drug control entities, and their possible future roles in the promotion and protection of human rights. The Human Rights Council, OHCHR, the Special Procedures and Treaty Bodies, along with other human rights bodies and mechanisms have clear mandates to address drug policies.

Keywords: Drug Policy; Human Rights; legal framework; OHCHR; United Nations



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