Instead of stemming the flow of narcotics, the global “war on drugs” has only managed to cause untold suffering to millions of people across the world. The voice of communities involved in illicit cultivation have long been excluded from national and international policymaking platforms.
What alternative approaches are there to current regime? Is it possible to put human rights first?
Martin Jelsma: Director Drugs & Democracy programme, TNI.
Nang Yon: Myanmar Opium Farmers Forum.
Photo: Farmer harvesting opium in southern Shan State / Credit: Tom Kramer