On 23rd June, as part of the Support. Don’t Punish Global Day of Action, activists, academics, policy makers and people who use drugs gathered at the UK Houses of Parliament to discuss the impact of drug control on human rights, with a specific focus on the death penalty.

Source: Support. Don’t Punish: Addressing the links between drugs and human rights

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Jeremy Corbyn kicked off the discussions by highlighting the severe human rights violations caused by the war on drugs in Latin America, with thousands of deaths and disappearances, lack of access to justice, disproportionate use of violence by the police, no access to legal advice, and dire prison conditions, to name a few. Jeremy Corbyn made a strong link between engagement in the drug trade and issues related to poverty, vulnerability and under-development. Are low-level drug offenders criminals or victims? According to Jeremy Corbyn, this clearly necessitates an urgent evaluation of our drug control strategies.