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Drugs users claim attention at the 61st Commission on Narcotic Drugs meeting in Vienna, March 2018

Please find:

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


“Human Rights are the foundation of peaceful societies and sustainable development.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights establishes the equality and dignity of every person. And it makes governments responsible for ensuring that people can enjoy their inalienable rights and freedoms.
Today we see disturbing hostility towards human rights in all regions. Let us stand against those negative forces. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the most translated document in the world. Let us together make sure the words are translated into action. Let us stand up and speak out for human rights. They protect us all."
(Transcript of the Secretary-General's message of December 10th, 2017.)


- Our letter of acceptance of the invitation, to Mr. de Oliveira Guterres, December 10, 2017

- '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, January 31, 2018.

- 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 congratulations to Mr. de Oliveira Guterres for his courageous address to the 61st session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, March 21, 2018.