Joint written statement on Limitations to Judicial Independence in The Context of Drug Control

Harm Reduction International and supporting organisations welcome the Report by the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, as well as his March 2019 statement (co-authored with the Special Rapporteur on the right to health) on drug courts; which warned against the dangers of drug courts as manifestations of the abuse of the criminal justice system as a tool of drug control.

We wish to take this opportunity to comment upon other aspects of a criminal justice response to drugs which limit independence and autonomy of judges.