Drug Control and Human Rights

Health and Human Rights Journal
Volume 19, Issue 1, June 2017

stop hr violationsThe Health and Human Rights Journal published a special section on Drug Control and Human Rights. This special section examines some of the many ways in which international and domestic drug control laws engage human rights and create an environment of enhanced human rights risk. The authors address specific human rights issues such as the right to the highest attainable standard of health (including health protection and promotion measures, as well as access to controlled substances as medicines) and indigenous rights, and how drug control laws affect the protection and fulfillment of these rights. Other authors explore drug control though the lens of cross-cutting human rights themes such as gender and the rights of the child. Together, the contributions illustrate how international guidelines on human rights and drug control could help close the human rights gap — and point the way to drug laws and policies that would respect, protect, and fulfill human rights rather than breach them or impede their full realization.

GUEST EDITORS Rick Lines and Julie Hannah

EDITORIAL The Case for International Guidelines on Human Rights and Drug Control
Rick Lines, Richard Elliott, Julie Hannah, Rebecca Schleifer, Tenu Avafia, and Damon Barrett

How Drug Control Policy and Practice Undermine Access to Controlled Medicines
Naomi Burke-Shyne, Joanne Csete, Duncan Wilson, Edward Fox, Daniel Wolfe, and Jennifer J. K. Rasanathan

International Guidelines on Human Rights and Drug Control: A Tool for Securing Women’s Rights in Drug Control Policy
Rebecca Schleifer and Luciana Pol

The Child’s Right to Protection From Drugs: Understanding History to Move Forward
Damon Barrett

Drug Policy and Indigenous Peoples
Julian Burger and Mary Kapron