• Marijuana Arrestees Do Not Become Violent Felons
  • Forced Labor and Other Abuses in Drug Detention Centers in Southern Vietnam
  • Mexico's Misuse of Military Justice to Prosecute Abuses in Counternarcotics and Public Security Operations

Drug Policy and Human Rights

  • Jan 3, 2014
  • Jan 25, 2013

    On first read, it might have been a hoax. On International Human Rights Day last month, the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, Anthony Wayne, “celebrated” Mexico’s human rights achievements. “The United States recognizes the Mexican government, including officials and institutions,” he wrote in the newspaper El Universal, “for its efforts to promote the defense of human rights in Mexico.”

  • Jan 4, 2013
    Human Rights Watch submitted this statement to inform the Human Rights Committee’s understanding of the US government’s compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).
  • Dec 11, 2012

    On behalf of Human Rights Watch, I wish to congratulate you on your inauguration as president. You have assumed leadership of a country whose recent human rights record is appalling. Addressing the abuses committed during the tenure of your predecessor and preventing them in the future will require immediate attention at the highest levels of your administration. I write to urge you to rapidly set out a concrete, detailed plan to address these serious problems.

  • Nov 23, 2012

    Few of those who enter New York City’s criminal justice system as a result of marijuana possession arrests become dangerous criminals

  • Sep 14, 2012
    Thirty-two states retain the death penalty for drug offences, but only a handful continue to execute people convicted of these crimes, showing that state practice has clearly moved away from this form of punishment. Nonetheless the numbers of people sentenced to death and executed each year are high.
  • Sep 4, 2012
    Of the many issues that national politicians routinely gloss over during campaign season is drug policy. Whether a different set of policies would better serve human rights and US interests is something that US policymakers may genuinely disagree about. But a rigorous debate within the United States about drug policy and its financial and human rights consequences is long overdue.
  • Aug 28, 2012
    On World AIDS Day last year, President Obama recognized the progress against the HIV epidemic, saying there is "the real possibility of an AIDS-free generation." This possibility, however, was dealt a serious blow in January when Congress gutted a key component of HIV prevention by reinstating a ban on federal funding of syringe exchange programs.
  • Aug 21, 2012
    United Nations agencies and international donors should immediately freeze financial and other assistance to Iran’s drug control programs, Human Rights Watch and Harm Reduction International (HRI) said today. The funding contributes to abusive prosecutions of drug suspects, the groups said.
  • Aug 2, 2012

    In the Report "A memory retrieval-extinction procedure to prevent drug craving and relapse" (13 April, p. 241), Y.-X. Xue et al. describe experiments conducted on rats and drug users in Beijing, China. Although the authors state that the study participants gave written informed consent and that the research was approved by the Human Investigation Committee of the Peking University Health Center, substantial questions about ethical protections remain.