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Drug decriminalization / UNODC 19 October 2015

Oct 21, 2015 by

undocRecently there was in different news that a paper supposedly written by UNODC to be released at the next International Harm Reduction Conference and calling for the worldwide decriminalization of all narcotics used for personal consumption had been stopped due to US pressure.

Here after the answer from the official UNODC spokesperson:

UNODC Spokesperson Statement

Vienna, 19 October 2015 – « The briefing paper on decriminalisation mentioned in many of today’s media reports, and intended for dissemination and discussion at a conference in Kuala Lumpur, is neither a final nor formal document from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, and cannot be read as a statement of UNODC policy.

It remains under review and UNODC regrets that, on this occasion, there has been an unfortunate misunderstanding about the nature and intent of this briefing paper. UNODC emphatically denies reports that there has been pressure on UNODC to withdraw the document. But, it is not possible to withdraw what is not yet ready.

Overall, UNODC remains committed to the balanced approach that, in particular, promotes alternatives to incarceration in line with international human rights standards. »

For more information, please contact:

David Dadge
Spokesperson, UNODC
Phone: (+43 1) 26060-5629
Mobile: (+43-699) 1459-5629
Email: david.dadge[at]unvienna.org

 

https://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/press/releases/2015/October/statement-by-the-spokesperson-for-the-un-office-on-drugs-and-crime.html

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