Promoting Human Rights in Drug Policies: A Side Event at the UN CND

By Péter Sárosi | April 22, 2021

At this side event at the 64th Session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) international experts discussed the human rights impact of drug policies in Europe – watch the video recordings!

Drugreporter News – April 2021

By István Gábor Takács | April 15, 2021

Here comes the April edition of our monthly news update from the exciting world of drug policy reform!

Will Colombia Restart Aerial Coca Spraying? | Drugreporter Café | S01E07

By István Gábor Takács | April 13, 2021

The Colombian government announced that it will restart is controversial aerial fumigation program to eradicate coca fields. But does it provide any alternative livelihood to coca farmers? Did it fulfil its promises to support poor rural communities? And what do we know about the risks of forced eradication on public health and the environment? Watch this next episode of Drugreporter Café learn the answers to these questions from our two guests, Isabel Pereira (Dejusticia) and Elizabeth Dickinson (International Crisis Group).

Unhappy Birthdays: Anniversaries of Drug Laws in Belgium and the UK | Drugreporter Café | S01E06

By István Gábor Takács | April 1, 2021

What can we learn from the failures of repressive drug laws? How can we convince the people that they are failed? What are the alternatives of punitive drug policies? A group of NGOs launched a campaign to mark the 50th anniversary of the Misuse of Drugs Act in the UK – and the 100th anniversary of the drug law in Belgium. We discuss lessons learnt with Ester Kincova from Transform and Stéphane Leclercq from Fedito Brussels.


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The EESC Calls for Drug Policy Reform in the EU

By Péter Sárosi | December 14, 2020

The new opinion paper adopted by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) calls for less law enforcement and more health and human rights in the new EU Drugs Strategy.

Meaningful Civil Society Involvement in the Area of Drug Policy in Europe – Literature Review

By Péter Sárosi | November 23, 2020

The thematic working group on civil society involvement of the Civil Society Forum on Drugs, an expert group of the EU Commission, conducted this review of literature on meaningful civil society involvement in the field of drug policy.

Civil Society Identifies Huge Gaps to Be Bridged in Implementing the EU Action Plan on Drugs

By Péter Sárosi | December 12, 2018

In its new report, the EU Civil Society Forum on Drugs (CSFD) urges member states and EU institutions to fulfill their commitments and bridge the gaps in providing access to and improving quality of prevention, treatment and harm reduction services.