Human Rights and Drug Policy

Druck trafficking and human rights

Drug control efforts are frequently associated with violations of human rights and individual liberties. But national and international drug policy discussions have often dismissed human rights concerns as irrelevant or secondary to achieving what are regarded as overriding drug control imperatives.

As the drug policy debate becomes more open and vigorous, especially in Latin America, there have been increasing calls to make respect for human rights the central concern in designing and implementing drug policies.

Click here to watch Rodrigo Uprimny, director of Centro de Estudios de Derecho, Justicia y Sociedad, Dejusticia, and José Miguel Vivanco, director of Human Rights Watch’s Americas division, discuss this issue at a seminar hold by WOLA (Washington Office on Latin America).

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