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Drug policy and human rights in Europe: a baseline study

Recommendation 2177 (2020)

Parliamentary Assembly
Text adopted by the Standing Committee, acting on behalf of the Assembly, on 12 October 2020 (see Doc. 15086, report of the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights, rapporteur: Ms Hannah Bardell; and Doc. 15114, opinion of the Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development, rapporteur: M. Joseph O’Reilly).
1. The Parliamentary Assembly recalls its Resolution 2335 (2020) “Drug policy and human rights in Europe: a baseline study”.
2. The Assembly calls on the Committee of Ministers to:
2.1 ensure that the mandate of the Council of Europe Co-operation Group to Combat Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in Drugs (Pompidou Group), currently under review as part of the revision of the Statutory Resolution, fully supports an approach to drug policy in Europe that is based on human rights and public health;
2.2 support the Pompidou Group’s work in creating tools to assess the implications of national policies for individuals and public health, as well as rights-based indicators, in co-operation with other relevant institutions;
2.3 adopt authoritative, comprehensive and concrete guidance to member States in this area of policy making, with the meaningful participation of all relevant stakeholders;
2.4 encourage the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment to pay particular attention to the availability, accessibility and quality of harm-reduction measures and drug addiction treatment when conducting visits to prisons and other places of deprivation of liberty.