On November 24, 2016, the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) approved the adoption of new amendments to Thailand’s Narcotics Act.
The third cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the United Nations (UN) Member States began in 2017 and will go on until 2021. In this cycle, the 32nd session of the UPR Working Group in January-February 2019 will hold the review of both Vietnam and Cambodia. As part of the NGO reporting, the following joint submissions were made for both countries on 12 July 2018.
ANPUD and IDPC led a joint petition that brought together 174 Community and Civil society organizations calling on the UN to take action in response to the killing of 130 people suspected of drug dealing by the Bangladeshi police.
In this report, the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC) offers recommendations based on evidence and examples of good practice to inform a shift in policy responses to drug use in Asia away from criminalization and punishment, and towards public health and harm reduction. It describes effective approaches to the decriminalization of drug use. It also discusses approaches implemented in Asia that have proven ineffective, such as the detention of people who use drugs in compulsory centres as a form of ‘rehabilitation’.