donderdag 2 juni 2011

Zoals Kofi
De wereldwijde oorlog tegen drugs is volledig aan het mislukken. Daarom zouden sommige drugs, zoals marihuana, overal moeten worden gelegaliseerd. Dit vindt een groep van 19 voormalige wereldleiders en politici, onder wie de vroegere VN-secretaris-generaal Kofi Annan en ex-presidenten van Mexico, Colombia en Braziliƫ. Deze Internationale Commissie voor Drugsbeleid presenteert haar rapport vandaag in New York. Volgens de commissie heeft de oorlog tegen drugs het probleem alleen maar verergerd. De georganiseerde misdaad is erdoor toegenomen, er zijn tienduizenden doden door gevallen en miljoenen aan belastinggeld verspild. Bovendien zijn alleen maar meer mensen drugs gaan gebruiken.
NOS, vandaag.

End the criminalization, marginalization and stigmatization of people who use drugs but who do no harm to others. Challenge rather than reinforce common misconceptions about drug markets, drug use and drug dependence. Encourage experimentation by governments with models of legal regulation of drugs to undermine the power of organized crime and safeguard the health and security of their citizens.
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Offer health and treatment services to those in need.
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Respect the human rights of people who use drugs.
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Apply much the same principles and policies stated above to people involved in the lower ends of illegal drug markets, such as farmers, couriers and petty sellers.
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Invest in activities that can both prevent young people from taking drugs in the first place and also prevent those who do use drugs from developing more serious problems. Eschew simplistic ‘just say no’ messages and ‘zero tolerance’ policies in favor of educational efforts grounded in credible information and prevention programs that focus on social skills and peer influences.
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Law enforcement efforts should focus not on reducing drug markets per se but rather on reducing their harms to individuals, communities and national security.
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Replace drug policies and strategies driven by ideology and political convenience with fiscally responsible policies and strategies
grounded in science, health, security and human rights – and adopt appropriate criteria for their evaluation.
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Break the taboo on debate and reform. The time for action is now.
REPORT OF THE GLOBAL COMMISSION ON DRUG POLICY, june 2011