In many countries around the world, drug control efforts result in serious human rights abuses - torture and ill-treatment by police, extrajudicial killings, arbitrary detention, and denial of essential medicines and basic health services. UN drug control agencies have paid little attention to whether international drug control efforts are consistent with human rights protections, or to the effect of drug control policies on fundamental human rights. Documentation of human rights abuses linked to drug enforcement laws, policies and practices have been going on for more than a decade. It has been found that some governments have justified a wide range of serious human rights abuses in the name of fighting a "war on drugs."
Governments have routinely killed people to implement drug enforcement policies.The death penalty for drug offenses is a violation of international human rights law. But more than 30 UN member states retain the death penalty for drug law offenses, including some that require the death penalty as a mandatory sentence.
In many countries, people who are identified as drug users are consigned for extended periods of time to locked "treatment facilities," where they are detained without trial; held in prison conditions that put them at risk of HIV, Hepatitis C, and TB, and forced to do unpaid labor; and subjected to experimental techniques, solitary confinement, mandatory HIV testing, and in some cases, physical and psychological abuse in the name of "drug treatment."
People who use drugs are routinely subjected to violence during arrest and detention, in some cases to extract confessions.Law enforcement in many countries has relied on tactics amounting to inhuman treatment or in some cases to torture, including forcing suspects to suffer withdrawal to extract confessions and extorting money from them
Drug control efforts undermine lifesaving health services, including HIV prevention and treatment and drug dependence treatment.   Laws proscribing syringe possession and associated policing practices targeting drug users increase the risk of HIV and other adverse health consequences. In some countries, many people who inject drugs do not carry sterile syringes or other injecting equipment, even though it is legal to do so, because possession of such equipment can mark an individual as a drug user and expose him or her to punishment on other grounds.   Police presence at or near government sanctioned harm reduction programs (such as legal needle exchange sites) drives drug users away from these services out of fear of arrest or other punishment. Methadone or buprenorphine - the most effective treatment for opioid dependence - is barred by law or policy in many jurisdictions. Many prisons combine the failure to treat drug dependence with harsh disciplinary measures for drug use and possession.
People incarcerated for drug offenses account for a substantial percentage of prisoners in many countries throughout the world.Those incarcerated are often the most marginalized - small time dealers, low level drug offenders, and overwhelmingly, people who use drugs.
Unnecessarily strict narcotic drug control laws, policies, and practices in many countries also severely restrict access to controlled medicines for therapeutic purposes,thus undermining the right to health and to be free from cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment for millions of people who need narcotic drugs to treat pain or drug dependence. The international community's strong focus on cracking down on illicit drug use has led many countries to neglect their obligation to ensure that people can benefit from the crucial medicinal qualities of narcotic drugs. Many hospitals do not provide patients with morphine, despite the fact that patients are incurable and likely to require pain treatment and palliative
WUD have shared their experiences on Violence, Sexual exploitation and Harassment against female drug users in the rehabilitation center setting and within law enforcement as well as in Society in general. Female drug users have been battling more their share of stigma & discrimination related to both gender and drug use further exacerbated by other vulnerabilities. They observe a high rate of Violence, Sexual exploitation and Harassment victims lost to follow up or unwilling to come forward, attributed mainly to social and family pressure as well. Also, sexual exploitation in rehabs treating men and women together in residential settings has been another burning issue, as well as legal rights of Female drug users especially in the marital context including maternal rights of WUD. It is clear that more female drug user specific services need to be implemented and their voices brought forward in order to reach hidden female dug user populations.


Coalition of Drug Users in Nepal

Address: Budhanilkantha, Kathmandu, Nepal

P0.Box: 9999

Phone: + 977 - 9803407732 (President)