By International Drug Policy Consortium. At the occasion of the 114th INCB Session, INCB President Werner Sipp declared that: “the treaties do not require the incarceration of drug users, but rather provide for alternatives to conviction or punishment for those affected by drug abuse, including treatment, education, after-care, rehabilitation and social reintegration. That some countries have chosen incarceration rather than treatment has been a denial by Governments of the flexibility that the treaties provide”.
In its Annual Reports, the INCB has often been critical of decriminalisation or any non-punitive measures towards people who use drugs. This statement from the Board’s President is therefore a positive step which we hope will pave the way towards the endorsement of decriminalisation for people who use drugs, following similar calls from other UN agencies such as UNAIDS, WHO, UNDP, UN Women and others.