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Published on 4 December 2014  by encod

THE ENCOD CHALLENGE: TAKE UNGASS SERIOUSLY!

Join the ENCOD challenge to European governments participating in the UN General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem in New York, 19-21 april 2016.

Send this letter to Members of Parliament in your country. For the addresses see here or contact us

Dear (name of MP),



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We write to you as citizens* concerned with a huge problem that affects our country’s future. We ask you to take the lead in an effort to solve it.

This problem is drugs, or better said: drug policy.

On April 19, 20 and 21, 2016, the United Nations will hold a Special Session of the General Assembly on the World Drug Problem, in New York. This is a unique opportunity to take a close look at the impact of drug policy worldwide.

After half a century of prohibition, the production and distribution of drugs are mostly controlled by criminal organisations. Prohibition has created a counterproductive, costly and often corrupt apparatus of repression, with many negative consequences in terms of public health, human rights, safety, democracy, environment and economy.

Since approx. 100 years, it has always been the strategy of the United States government to establish a worldwide ban on drugs; for a long time, European governments resisted that strategy. Now the tides have turned. In the past few years, the regional authorities of several US states, as well as the government of Uruguay, have decided to legalise the production and distribution of cannabis. Their experience is that legal regulation provides benefits, not just to those directly involved, but to society as a whole.

We request you to organise prior to UNGASS a public hearing about the social, health and economic impact of drug policies on our society. Invite the first hand witnesses to this impact: consumers, small producers and their families; people whose lives have been affected seriously by the illegal environment around the drug trade. Include the testimony of judges, doctors, law enforcers, health care and prison workers, researchers, economists, people who can explain you the true impact of public expenditure on drugs and how this money could be better spent.

After this hearing, we ask you to formulate recommendations concerning the position that our country should defend at UNGASS in New York. Basically, it is important to answer the following question: Do the UN Conventions on Drugs of 1961, 1972 and 1988 provide a useful and legitimate framework to protect the global population from drug related harms?

Without a public screening of the impact of current drug policy on our society, and the potential benefits of a change of course, both government and parliament will fail to their responsibility to identify the best approach to a significant problem that deeply affects our society in many different ways. In that case, our country’s presence at UNGASS cannot be taken seriously.

Do you take our request seriously?

Please let us know by replying to this message.

Many thanks, best wishes

On behalf of ..........,
…………………………………….




P.S.

*Encod represents the European section of an International Coalition of NGO’s (ICN) consisting of almost 450 organizations that was established in 1998, on the eve of a previous UN General Assembly Special Session, convened under the fantasy slogan: ’ A drug free world, we can do it!’

We are a worldwide coalition of citizens affected and concerned by drug policies. We are citizens who are caught in the crossfire of the war on drugs. We are first-hand witnesses to the social and health disasters that are generated by the failed efforts to eradicate drugs from the world.

The current wording of the three UN Conventions on Narcotic Drugs are a straitjacket for national drug policies. Rather than helping facilitate a healthier world, these conventions foster corruption, organized crime and the financial interests that serve the money laundering of these criminal elements.

We believe these conventions should either be totally abolished or amended along the lines of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) tobacco and alcohol policy, to allow individual nations to create their own drug policies. One effective way to do this has been proposed by the NGO Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), a group comprised of thousands of former and current police officers, government agents and other law enforcement agents around the world.

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The European Coalition for Just and Effective Drug Policies, is a pan-European network of currently 160 NGO’s and individual experts involved in the drug issue on a daily base. We are the European section of an International Coalition, which consists of more than 400 NGOs from around the world that have adhered to a Manifesto for Just and Effective Drug Policies (established in 1998). Among our members are organisations of cannabis and other drug users, of health workers, researchers, grassroot activists as well as companies.


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