Harm Reduction and Human Rights: The Global Response to Injection-Driven HIV Epidemics – Submission to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Despite connections between drug control, human rights and HIV, the United Nations drug control and human rights regimes have developed in what the former UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health has described as ‘parallel universes’. The drug control entities rarely discuss human rights and the human rights bodies and mechanisms, in turn, have rarely focused on drug policy. The result is an international system and policy environment where significant human rights violations, many impeding HIV prevention efforts, fall between these two separate regimes, unaddressed and largely ignored.

The human rights entities within the UN system, in particular the Human Rights Council, have an important role to play in addressing these systemic gaps.

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