Ruth Dreifuss

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2016 est, au niveau mondial, une année charnière pour l’avenir des politiques en matière de drogues. Le bilan d’un demi-siècle de prohibition a conduit des pays aux profils très différents, tels que la Jamaïque, le Canada et le Mexique, à adopter des réformes inimaginables encore il y a peu. Les Etats américains du Colorado, de l’Oregon, de Washington, ainsi que le District de Columbia (Washington, D.C.), ont régulé le marché du cannabis et des votations populaires auront lieu sur le même sujet en novembre dans d’autres Etats, notamment la Californie.

L’opinion publique évolue progressivement vers un soutien à de nouvelles approches.…  Seguir leyendo »

This week, representatives from many nations will gather at the annual meeting of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna to determine the appropriate course of the international response to illicit drugs. Delegates will debate multiple resolutions while ignoring a truth that goes to the core of current drug policy: human rights abuses in the war on drugs are widespread and systematic.

Consider these numbers: Hundreds of thousands of people locked in detention centers and subject to violent punishments. Millions imprisoned. Hundreds hanged, shot or beheaded. Tens of thousands killed by government forces and non-state actors. Thousands beaten and abused to extract information, and abused in government or private “treatment” centers.…  Seguir leyendo »

In December, the United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly for a global moratorium on the death penalty. This fourth such vote in five years was supported by a record 111 nations.

Yet in the first month of 2013, Saudi Arabia beheaded nine people. In recent weeks, Yemen has sentenced a juvenile offender to death, fueling hunger strikes by scores of imprisoned children. Iran has reportedly begun imposing death sentences for petty criminals accused of robbery.

Elsewhere, a court in Indonesia, where there have been no state executions since 2008, sentenced a British grandmother to death for drug trafficking — reportedly to gasps of disbelief in the courtroom.…  Seguir leyendo »