november, 2020

wed11nov15h0015h45From crisis to opportunity: Drug and incarceration policies during Covid-1915h00 - 15h45 Session theme:Covid-19

Speakers for this event

  • Adelaide ANNO-KUMI

    Adelaide ANNO-KUMI

    Ministry of the Interior, Ghana

    Ministry of the Interior, Ghana

  • Helen CLARK

    Helen CLARK

    Global Commission on Drug Policy

    Global Commission on Drug Policy

  • Michelle BACHELET

    Michelle BACHELET

    Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

    Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

  • Zara SNAPP

    Zara SNAPP

    Instituto RIA

    Instituto RIA

Description

Due to border shutdowns and population lockdown, the Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted the illegal drug market in an unprecedented way, whilst exposing the minor nature of some drug-related offences with the release of tens of thousands of incarcerated people globally. This disruption suggests more availability, more potency, and cheaper substances on the market in the coming months. The panel will explore whether the Covid-19 pandemic brought a new understanding of the interconnectedness between drug policy, public health, and criminal justice; and if drug control reforms are achievable in the foreseeable future.

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