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Health, Rights and Drugs

UNAIDS, (2019)

Harm Reducation, Decriminalization and Zero Discrimination for People who use Drugs

International Guidelines on Human Rights and Drug Policy

World Health Organization, UN Development Programme, UNAIDS, (2019)

The drugs issue cuts across the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and multiple Sustainable Development Goals, including ending poverty, reducing inequalities, and, of course, improving health, with its targets on drug use, HIV, and other communicable diseases. Goal 16 on peace, justice, and strong institutions is particularly important, requiring attention to human rights across the Sustainable Development Goals. Since the late 1990s, United Nations (UN) General Assembly resolutions have acknowledged that ‘countering the world drug problem’ must be carried out ‘in full conformity’ with ‘all human rights and fundamental freedoms’.1 This has been reaffirmed in every major UN political declaration on drug control since, and in multiple resolutions adopted by the Commission on Narcotic Drugs.2 The reality, however, has not always lived up to this important commitment.

WHO QualityRights

Eds.: World Health Organization; QualityRights, (2019)

Act, unite and empower Accessed: 29.06.2019

L’initiative QualityRights de l’OMS Agir, unir, transformer pour la santé mentale

Quality Rights, Eds.: Organisation Mondiale de la Santé OMS, (2015)

QualityRights est l'initiative mondiale de l'OMS visant à améliorer la qualité des soins dispensés par les services de santé mentale et à promouvoir les droits humains des personnes souffrant de handicaps psychosociaux, intellectuels et cognitifs1. Cette initiative offre une nouvelle approche des soins de santé mentale axée sur les droits et le rétablissement.

Mental health, human rights and standards of care

World Health Organization WHO; Regional Office for Europe, (2018)

Assessment of the quality of institutional care for adults with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities in the WHO European Region. The specific objectives of the project were to address gaps in knowledge about the number and characteristics of such long-term institutions and to identify deficiencies in current care standards through the lens of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This publication examines and rates the quality of care and protection of human rights in selected institutions in over 20 countries in the Region using the WHO QualityRights toolkit. It identifies steps to take to continue progress toward deinstitutionalization and to ensure respect for the rights of people with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities.

African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child

African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Children ACERWC, (1990)

Adopted by the Twenty-sixth Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the OAU, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - July 1990

Charte Africaine sur les Droits et le bien-etre de l'Enfant

Comité Africain d’Experts sur les Droits et le Bien-être de l’Enfant CAEDBE, (1990)

Adoptée par la Vingt-Sixième Conférence de Chefs d’Etat et de Gouvernement de l’OUA,Addis Abéba (Ethiopie) - Juillet 1990

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