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UN Human Rights Campaign
 

#Standup4humanrights

We are extremely critical of the UN policies regarding plants and other substances that have mind enhancing properties and of the way users of these products are treated. We believe that the criminogenic character of the present zero tolerance policy leads to genocide, as presently illustrated (2018) in the Philippines.
We hope that by advocating for an open-minded approach towards these different substances when they are used in a responsible way, we may help promote humane addiction treatment, a stop on drugs related crime and the implementation of drugs policies in accordance with the International Bill of Human Rights. 

Please find:

- The UN secretary-general's video-invitation (to be found on the bottom of the page)

- The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

- Our letter of acceptance of the invitation, to Mr. de Oliveira Guterres.

- 'The UN on the Crossroads between Ethnocide and Genocide, and Human Rights',
our paper on prohibition as breeding ground for atrocities against humanity, presented at the occasion of Human Rights Day, December 10, 2017

- Our invitation to Mr. de Oliveira Guterres to join the Committee of Recommendation for the nomination of drugs pacifists for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize.

- Inquiry with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights about our correspondance with Mr. de Oliveira Guterres.

- The UN secretary-general’s video-address to the Commission on Narcotic Drugs
calling for the decriminalization of all drugs, March 12, 2018. Following is the text of the address:

 

“Ladies and gentlemen, I send my best wishes to the Commission on Narcotic Drugs. Current efforts have fallen short of the goal to eliminate the illicit drugs market. With the UN General Assembly Special Session consensus as our blueprint, we can promote efforts to stop organized crime while protecting human rights, enabling development and ensuring rights-based treatment and support.

I am particularly proud of the reforms I introduced in Portugal¹ when I was prime-minister, almost twenty years ago.

I have called on the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime to develop a comprehensive strategy that works across the three pillars² with other UN entities to strengthen our efforts.

Together we have an opportunity to chart a better and balanced path for decades to come.”

Thank you.

¹ Portugal's November 29, 2000 law on drugs and psychotropic substances, Lei 30/2000, in Portuguese.
² The three UN pillars: Human Rights, Peace and Security, and Development; some speak of four pillars and include the Rule of Law.

 

- Our letter of congratulation to Mr. de Oliveira Guterres for his courageous address to the 61st session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs.

- Interview of April 9, 2018 in German Newspaper ‘Jungwelt’ with Michael Kleim, Evangelical theologian and City Youth Pastor of Gera, Germany, "Prohibition: violations of human rights are the result".

- “Breaking Free From Prohibition: A Human Rights Approach to Successful Drug Reform”, excerpt of a blog post of May 15, 2018 by professor Julian Buchanan, Aotearoa New Zealand.