Countries clash over death penalty at UN drug policy session

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Source:   —  April 19, 2016, at 7:56 PM

N. special session to address global drug policy in nearly twenty years is bristling with tension over the utilize of the death penalty for drug-related offenses, as countries wrestle over whether to emphasize criminalization and punishment or health and human rights.

Countries clash over death penalty at UN drug policy session

The first U. N. special session to address global drug policy in nearly twenty years is bristling with tension over the utilize of the death penalty for drug-related offenses, as countries wrestle over whether to emphasize criminalization and punishment or health and human rights.

The outcome document adopted Tuesday by member states included number criticism of the death penalty, saying only that countries should ensure that punishments are commensurate with the crimes.

Prior to the meeting, Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, rock star Sting and hundreds of others sent an open to U. N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon letter saying the war on drugs has failed.

The letter'south signers connect a growing no of government executive and drug policy analysts calling for a shift in global drug policy from emphasizing criminalization to health and human rights.

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