Newsbrief: Nordic Prohibitionists Beginning Counter-Campaign Supporting UN Drug Conventions 11/8/02

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Rabid Swedish prohibitionists are not taking perceived threats to the United Nations' Single Convention on Narcotics lightly. Already upset that anti-prohibitionists met in facilities of the European Union last month to plan an offensive against the Convention, the legal backbone of the global prohibition regime, the Hassela Nordic Network is now striking back with an declaration in support of the current set of UN treaties. They are up for review in Vienna in April.

Hassela's "Vienna Declaration" warns that: "For several years individuals and organisations have made efforts to undermine the UN Conventions on Drugs and to disregard the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in order to facilitate drug use and even promote legalisation of certain drugs, the ultimate purpose being to end prohibition to use illicit drugs. By trying to promote pro-drug ideas in political settings, pro-drug advocates obviously hope to make their disastrous agenda look decent... Efforts to legalise drugs are a serious violation of the contents of the UN Conventions on Drugs, and the UN Convention on the Rights of the child, especially article 33: States Parties shall take appropriate measures, including legislative, administrative, social and educational measures, to protect children from the illicit use of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances as defined in the relevant international treaties and to prevent the use of children in the illicit production and trafficking of such substances."

And then the Swedes asked what they thought were the provocative questions: "Do you want your children to have easier access to drugs? Do you want more drugs and violence in your neighbourhood? Do you want to support the marijuana industries or industries producing other illicit drugs?"

It looks like tough stuff, but as of Friday morning Hassela's web site reported no signatories. Sadly for US citizens, while Hassela represents the extremist fringe of European prohibitionist sentiment, they could find numerous allies among officeholders from both mainstream political parties here.

Visit to view the declaration online.

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