Protecting the Human Rights of Injection Drug Users: The Impact of HIV and AIDS
Compiling statements given at the 2004 session of the UN Commission on Human Rights, this IHRD-produced volume argues that unduly strict interpretation of UN drug control treaties undermines HIV prevention efforts by discouraging countries from implementing effective, realistic, and compassionate public health policies. The publication's contributors—including the Open Society Foundations president Aryeh Neier—demonstrate that international bodies and national governments must give greater consideration to the human rights—particularly access to HIV treatment—of injection drug users.
By incorporating a human rights perspective into the process of reforming the laws and treaties governing drugs, the UN and national governments could greatly improve access to treatment and better protect the health of those at risk for HIV transmission, especially injection drug users.
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