Today a paper, written by Stephan Dahlgren and Roxana Stere, about the Right of Children to be Protected from Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances was presented at the World Forum Against Drugs.

stephan dahlgren
Stephan Dahlgren

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Roxana Stere

 
The only explicit statement about narcotic and psychotropic drugs in any core United Nations Humans Rights Convention is Article 33 in the 1989 Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC).

 

Protecting against drugs is hence unquestionably a human rights issue.

 

Protecting children from illicit use/production /trafficking of drugs is not an option for State Parties to the CRC. It is an obligation. Since CRC is more or less universally ratified the obligation is universal.

 

The paper is looking at children’s right to protection from drugs from an international law/human rights point of view. The paper is anchored in the most ratified of all human rights treaties – The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

 

The paper is looking at the texts of relevant instruments – and not just singular Articles but the instruments as such – as well as relevant material from other legal sources, such as Treaty Monitoring Bodies and Travaux Preparatoires (Preparatory works).

 

The paper takes a human rights approach to the issue of children and drugs. It starts with a broad overview over international law and human rights law. It thereafter explains the legal requirements regarding protection children from drugs in the context of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. On basis of facts presented, the paper ends with a section of conclusions and options for reinforcing the protection of children against drugs.

The Right of Children to be Protected from Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances - a human right/international law perspective.