Describes the problems faced by opium farmers, people who use drugs and policymakers, and how to improve existing responses in the rapidly changing political, economic and security contexts of Southeast Asia.
The third annual overview on the status of the death penalty for drug offences worldwide documents the 33 countries and territories that retain death penalty for drug offences, including 13 in which the sentence is mandatory.
Human Rights Watch reveal how, in Vietnam, people detained by the police for using drugs can be held without due process for years, forced to work for little or no pay, and are sometimes subjected to torture and physical violence.
An academic report in the BMC International Health and Human Rights journal that raises concerns about Thailand's use of compulsory drug detention centres. The report finds that such coercive "treatment" is not consistent with scientific evidence on addressing drug addiction and should be phased out in favor of evidence-based interventions.
Human Rights Watch examines conditions in the Somsanga Treatment and Rehabilitation Center in Lao PDR. According to the report, detainees are held without due process, and many are locked in cells inside barbed wire compounds.
In a Bangkok Post article, Jon Ungphakom, a human rights activist and former Thailand senator, highlights the Count the Costs campaign and discusses the ineffectiveness of Thailand's harsh drug policy.
A unique collection of original essays that investigates the impacts of the war on drugs on children, young people and their families. It looks to foster debate as to whether current polices are indeed protecting children, as governments claim, or if the war on drugs has in fact had a negative impact on their lives and created numerous harms.
A thorough report examining the complex interrelationships between illicit drugs (production, trade and use), illicit drugs policies, human rights and social and economic development. The report draws attention to the fact that the association between drug policy and development policy has not been adequately acknowledged, thereby hindering the achievement of a human rights-based approach to both policy areas.