Joint written statement on Violations of The Right to Life in The Context of Drug Control

Harm Reduction International and supporting organisations wish to congratulate the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions for her latest report, and for her ongoing efforts to highlight and address heinous violations of fundamental rights committed in the context of drug control.

While countries are increasingly recognising drugs as a primarily health-related issue, we are witnessing the stepping-up of repressive anti-drug campaigns violating the right to life. With this submission, we wish to highlight some of the human rights violations committed or enabled in the context of drug control, which are relevant to the mandate of this Rapporteur.