Disproportionate Responses to Drug Related Offences Do Not Serve Justice

DSC_6306“Disproportionate responses do not serve the cause of justice, nor help to uphold the rule of law. In this regard, the application of the death penalty to drug-related offences has never been in the letter or the spirit of the conventions,” underscored said Yury Fedotov, the head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) at a side event on the margins of the 59th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND).

Today, the 59th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) closed with a reminder of the UN General Assembly Special Session on the world drug problem (UNGASS 2016) to be held in April this year.

“The 59th Session was especially important given that we now stand on the threshold of UNGASS 2016, which is to be held in New York next month,” said the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Yury Fedotov, in his closing remarks.

Commenting on the finalization by Member States of the outcome document, he said, “I warmly welcome the agreement on the outcome document to be adopted at UNGASS 2016 in New York in April. The document can now be used to forge the action needed to assist millions of women, children, and men around the world.”

“I also see this April’s UNGASS as a moment in time to create the necessary cooperation to address the world drug problem, to link our activities to the UN’s overall work of achieving sustainable development, and to build momentum towards 2019 and the review of the Political Declaration and Plan of Action on the world drug problem,” said Mr. Fedotov.

Mr. Fedotov expressed his thanks to the representatives of member states for their efforts during the deliberations. “You have laboured long and hard to build a constructive dialogue. I applaud these endeavours,” said Mr. Fedotov.

A number of resolutions, including the outcome document for UNGASS, were passed at the 59th Session of the CND on matters ranging from mainstreaming gender perspectives into drug-related policies and programmes, to development and dissemination of the international standards of treatment of drug use disorders. Other topics of the resolutions passed included alternative development, and strategies for improving health and social wellbeing.

Seven substances were also scheduled under the international drug control conventions by the CND following recommendations by the World Health Organization’s Expert Committee on Drug Dependence.

Over 70 side-events and more than 30 exhibitions were held during the 59th Session, which was attended by more than 1,500 people representing member states, civil society, academia and international organizations.

In closing his remarks, Mr. Fedotov told delegates, “I look forward to meeting you again in New York next month at UNGASS 2016 as you continue the vital work of enhancing global approaches to international drug policy.”

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2 comments to Disproportionate Responses to Drug Related Offences Do Not Serve Justice

  • DDearborn


    Looking at “Justice” from a broader perspective reveals that the lines of demarcation that determine the severity of the sentence have far less to do with the specificity of the crime the one might imagine. Rather, the severity of the punishment shows a direct correlation between the perpetrator and their socioeconomic status. The greater status equates to less severe punishment. A wealth of scholarly research supports that idea that pervasive judicial bias holds true throughout the world. The old saw about the more money you have, the more equal the justice rings true, thus turning the notion the average citizens are in any way protected by their “justice system” on its head.

  • Terry Edmond

    Drug laws are all about price control. if you cut yourself into or step onto their profits, then they’ll put you away severely. All drug money goes into the International banking system. Cartels only get a small piece, just like your teenager when he does the actual selling.

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