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Study on arbitrary detention relating to drug policies

1 April 2020 – extended until 15 June 2020
Issued by:
Working Group on Arbitrary Detention

HRC requesting a study on arbitrary detention relating to drug policies


The Human Rights Council, in its resolution 42/22, requested "the Working Group to prepare, as suggested by the Working Group in its report submitted to the Human Rights Council at its thirtieth session, in close consultation with Member States, civil society, relevant international and regional organizations, United Nations agencies, funds and programmes, particularly the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, in full respect of the mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and of the Working Group, and with the support of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, a study on arbitrary detention relating to drug policies to ensure that upholding the prohibition thereon is included as part of an effective criminal justice response to drug-related crimes, in accordance with international law, and that such a response also encompasses legal guarantees and due process safeguards, in accordance with the recommendation on this issue contained in the outcome document adopted by the General Assembly on 19 April 2016 at its special session, and to submit a report thereon to the Council at its forty-seventh session, and to bring the report to the attention of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs as the policymaking body of the United Nations with prime responsibility for drug-control matters" (paragraph 14).

All stakeholders are invited to transmit relevant information, including that pursuant to the questionnaire. 

All submissions (word format) should be sent electronically in English, French or Spanish to using the email title: "Submission for WGAD study arbitrary detention relating to drug policies".

Inputs Received

Member States

National Human Rights Institutions

Civil Society Organisations