IFHHRO Position Statement on Compulsory Drug-related Detention

May 25, 2011

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Mid-May 2011, IFHHRO and the World Medical Association sent out a news release on the issue of compulsory drug detention. On 25 May, IFHHRO issued its position statement, which can be downloaded from our website.

The document states that “the human rights of individuals who use or are addicted to controlled substances should always be respected, including the right to the highest attainable standard of health, and freedom from discrimination, arbitrary detention, torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. They have a right to equitable access to medical treatment and allied rehabilitation services in accordance with generally approved medical principles.”

IFHHRO’s activities in this regard are part of the Campaign to Stop Torture in Health Care in which IFHHRO is one of the partners. This campaign, which was was formallly launched in March 2011, seeks to hold governments accountable for abuses perpetrated against citizens in the name of health care.

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