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Harm Reduction International

Harm Reduction International is a leading NGO dedicated to reducing the negative health, social and legal impacts of drug use and drug policy. We promote the rights of people who use drugs and their communities through research and advocacy to help achieve a world where drug policies and laws contribute to healthier, safer societies.

Since 2007, Harm Reduction International has been at the forefront of advocating for the abolition of the death penalty for drug-related offences worldwide; including via the Death Penalty for Drug Offences: Global Overview series.

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Death Penalty For Drug Offences: Global Overview 2020

By Harm Reduction International (HRI), on 4 May 2021


NGO report

Drug Offenses

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Harm Reduction International has monitored the use of the death penalty for drug offences worldwide since our first ground-breaking publication on this issue in 2007.

This report, our tenth on the subject, continues our work of providing regular updates on legislative, policy and practical developments related to the use of capital punishment for drug offences, a practice which is a clear violation of international law.

  • Document type NGO report
  • Themes list Drug Offenses


The Death Penalty for Drug Offences: Global Overview 2012 Tipping the Scales for Abolition

By Patrick Gallahue / Fifa Rahman / Ricky Gunawan / Harm Reduction International / Karim El Mufti / Najam U Din / Rita Felten, on 1 January 2012


International law - United Nations

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There are many routes towards abolition of the death penalty. The courtroom is just one of them, as is the reduction of the number of offences for which the death penalty may be applied. However, considering how clearly international human rights bodies have set out the international norms against these laws, governments should now be forced to defend these international standards against the use of the death penalty.

  • Document type International law - United Nations
  • Themes list Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment, Drug Offences,