In the 46thSpecial Session of OAS General Assembly in Guatemala City, Member States acknowledged the need to improve current drug policies and to develop new approaches, but they did not mention the need to look over the international conventions of drugs control.Also, the Resolution does not refer to the decriminalization of the possession of drugs for personal use in the States of the region or the need to implement risk and harm reduction policies.
In the context of the 5th Latin American and 1st Central American Conference on Drug Policy, representatives of civil society gathered to make contributions to the draft resolution DRAFT RESOLUTION “REFLECTIONS AND GUIDELINES TO FORMULATE AND FOLLOW UP ON COMPREHENSIVE POLICIES TO ADDRESS THE WORLD DRUG PROBLEM IN THE AMERICAS, to be discussed for its approval by the Member States of the Organization of American States.
Delegates from the ministry of security of Latin America and the Caribbean agreed to join forces to fight the drug problem at the conclusion of a two day meeting in Antigua, Guatemala. In this setting, civil society organizations from different nations issued a statement that urged the prioritization of human rights. Intercambios was one of the signing entities.
Civil servants highest in the ranks of drug policy joined April 29-May 1 in Washington, DC for a meeting of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) of the Organization of American States.
Saturday May 3rd brought forth the Global Marijuana March in more than 19 cities in Argentina. Under the slogan “No more prisoners for cultivation! – Regulation of cannabis now,” more than 200 thousand people demanded the immediate end to criminalization of drug users and growers, the regulation of access to cannabis, and the governmental authorization of its medicinal uses.
On April 24th, the “Public Hearing for the formation of Human Resources in the field of Mental Health” was carried out. This activity was organized by the National Interministerial Commission for Mental Health and Addictions Policies. Its objective was to discuss a preliminary document containing recommendations for National Universities with the goal of realizing contributions from distinct organizations from the field of mental health.
Tomorrow, the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) will initiate its 55th period of Regular Sessions in Washington, DC, in the headquarters of the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS). The meeting will extend to the 1st of May, and Intercambios will participate in the sessions through its president, Graciela Touzé, who will act as onlooker from the sector of civil society organizations.
The event concluded with a call for Member States to change the direction of drug policies and focus on alternative and innovative responses. Said forum took place with the participation of 55 representatives from 48 civil society organizations and workers from 19 member states.
In addition, in this issue Maria Eugenia D'Agostino reflects on different landmarks that make the future of drug policy; leader and activist Pedro Arenas makes a sharp analysis of the situation in Colombia with regard to the peace process and coca cultivation, and we present the results of an impact assessment of the online course "Drug Policy, HIV and Human Rights - Contributions for reflection and action.”más
The study, titled “In Search of Rights: Drug Users and State Responses in Latin America” finds that in all of the countries that were studied, many drug users end up being criminally persecuted. This even includes countries where consumption is not legally punishable.más