On Friday, members of Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) marched from the State Department to the White House and then to the Supreme Court to call attention to a global advocacy campaign called “Support. Don’t Punish.” The campaign seeks to bring awareness to the failures of the War on Drugs and human rights violations inflicted by various drug policies.
According to a report from Harm Reduction International, thirty-three countries or territories worldwide have the death penalty for drug offenses. The report points out that, while the number executed per year is likely over a thousand, an estimation is difficult to arrive at since several countries keep their death penalty records secret.
“The purpose of Support. Don’t Punish. is to not only spread global awareness about the failures of drug criminalization, but to demand that world leaders place human rights at the forefront of any conversation around global drug trafficking,” says SSDP Outreach Coordinator Jake Agliata. “Executing people for nonviolent drug offenses should not be considered acceptable. The United States has an opportunity to start shifting the dialogue by joining a growing list of countries around the world who are calling for an end to this archaic practice.”
Support. Don’t Punish. organized events in over 140 countries for their third annual Global Day of Action. Elsewhere in the United States, the Harm Reduction Coalition organized a flash mob in front of the UN Headquarters in New York City. The San Francisco Drug Users’ Union also held an event in their city, as did SSDP in Denver. (more…)