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Punitive drug laws hindering Kenya’s fight against HIV

Punitive drug laws hindering Kenya’s fight against HIV

The stigmatisation, criminalisation, and incarceration of people who use drugs in Kenya is undermining the government’s success in reducing HIV. As thousands descend on Durban this week for the International AIDS Conference 2016, the global fight against HIV/AIDS has again captured the world’s attention. The incidence of HIV infection is on a downward trend globally, falling

Drug cartels, the product of prohibition, continue to threaten Latin American security

All Too Familiar with the War on Drugs, Latin America Offers Advice to Africa

A reverend from Kenya, a doctor from Senegal, a psychiatrist from Tanzania, and a pharmacist from Malawi sip a cup of coca tea and munch on coca leaf cookies. This was the scene at the recent South–South Drug Policy Exchange in Bogota, a gathering of African and Latin American officials and civil society representatives to

Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has described the War on Drugs as "failed" and has deplored the violence it perpetuates in West Africa.

How Drug Trafficking Undermines West Africa

In a region still recovering from years of political conflict and violence, the rise of drug trafficking is undermining institutions, public health, and development efforts. A new report from a panel of West African leaders, Not Just in Transit: Drugs, the State and Society in West Africa, highlights the magnitude of drug-related problems in the region.

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The Importance of the WHO’s Call for Drug Decriminalisation

Last week, the World Health Organisation (WHO) called for the decriminalisation of drug use. This is one of the most significant developments in drug policy reform, as the United Nations – the WHO’s parent organisation – was responsible for creating the international laws that form the basis of global drug prohibition. In 1961, the UN

Despite drug policy reforms, the U.S. continues to imprison almost half a million drug offenders each year

The Prohibition Post: An Introduction

Today, Thursday June 26th 2014, is the Global Day of Action against the War on Drugs. Activists, experts, politicians, and celebrities from around the world are calling for and end to prohibition; a destructive policy that costs countless lives and billions of dollars each year. Today, The Prohibition Post has been launched – to document