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Drug Lords Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Global Prohibition

Drug lords say no to drug policy reform and thank the UN for keeping drugs illegal

50 years ago the United Nations adopted the first international treaty to prohibit some drugs – particularly drugs used by non-Europeans such as cannabis, cocaine and heroin. The logic of the system was simple: any use of the drugs listed, unless sanctioned for medical or scientific purposes, would be deemed ‘abuse’ and thus illegal. As a result of this convention, the unsanctioned production and trafficking of these drugs became a crime in all member states of the UN. It is now clear that punitive drug policies have several unintended consequences: they fuel the global HIV epidemic, undermine public health systems, result in a crisis for criminal justice systems, lead to severe human rights violations and create a massive illicit market worth an estimated annual value of almost 400 billion USD. There is a small group though that benefits from the global war on drugs: organized criminals and terrorists. (Read more about the global drug war!)


A Russian Heroin Trader Thanks the UN for 50 Years of Prohibition

Mexican Drug Lord Thanks the UN for 50 Years of Prohibition

Taliban Leader Thanks the UN for 50 Years of Prohibition

Girlfriend of a Drug Kingpin thanks the UN for 50 years of prohibition

These video messages are not real – but the harms of this system are real! Join us on Facebook!

The HCLU initiatied this public advocacy campaign to raise awareness on the costs of the global drug war – the costs we pay not only in money but in human lives and human rights. We join the call of other like-minded NGOs  on the United Nations and the national governments to undertake a transparent review of the effectiveness of current drug policies.

By Peter Sarosi

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