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           _-_-_-_-_  UN Drug War Criminals  _-_-_-_-_

                    global double standards

The 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) affirms everyone's
right to proper health care. Governments world-wide are bound by that
treaty to uphold and enforce the human rights defined therein. Nowhere
does it say drug users are not human too. It DOES say clearly you cannot
deny human rights on the pretext that all of a group of people might by
their actions compromise the rights of others at some time in the future.

So why then can people not use "illegal" drugs when in many instances
these are the best available to meet their health needs?

>   ALEYA EL BINDARI-HAMMAD, of the World Health Organization
> (WHO), said the enjoyment of a basic standard of health was
> recognized as a fundamental right of all people. The WHO
> attempted in its work to protect many vulnerable groups such as
> persons infected with communicable diseases like....AIDS, persons
> with disabilities, the elderly and people with mental illness....
> Global attention to human health could become a unifying force in
> a divided world, she said.    HR CONFERENCE

Millions of ordinary decent people (and no doubt a few nasty persons
too) with minor or major mental disorders are using drugs as remedies
for their ailments. Recent scientific evidence strongly indicates that
the "illegal" drugs are often the best remedies. For instance cannabis
and amphetamine offer relief from the symptoms of adult Attention
Deficit Disorder, a condition only recently recognized. Indeed any
stimulant drugs (cocaine, opium derivatives too ) seem to work. It
is likely different drugs work best for different people with
different needs in different settings. It is up to responsible
individual to try, to use, to choose.

Yet people who use "drugs" are routinely denied basic human rights.
Millions of victims of authoritarian United Nations drug policies suffer
anxiety disorders relieved best by cannabis and other "illegal drugs".
The United Nations actively encourages police forces to deny these
unlucky people the right to the best medicine available and to pursue
policies intended to generate anxiety in the sufferers!

The people who deserve the condemnation of humanity are those who
get their highs from hatred and prejudice and who then defy the UDHR
and use the drug laws to deprive selected victims (the wealthy and
powerful are rarely "busted" ) of their basic human rights. Many
engaged in these ongoing activities are on the UN payroll today.

The worst offence of the anti-drug lobbyists is the way they have
confused cause and effect - "drugs" are blamed for what are nearly
always symptoms of conditions unrelated to drug use or drug misuse.

Meanwhile recreational drug users cop it too, as if the use of drugs
will somehow cause them to develop mental disorders known by medical
science to be either genetic in origin or caused by environmental
hazards. So their rights are abused too, with equal injustice.

Ironically the drug alcohol can and does cause serious mental problems
while tobacco is known to generate stress, aggression and addiction.
Yet these are often the drugs of choice of policemen, judges, news
editors, politicians and many United Nations bureaucrats.

One wonders how many of these pricks ever lie down at night, gaze
at the ceiling and think: "Golly gosh but I'm a hypocrite!" Presumably
they then recall some "seminar" or "training session" instigated by
the U.N. at which first fear and insecurity is evoked, then at a
selected moment irrational responses and mental defences are put
in place. The result is that those infected with these "memes"
(transmissible verbal information units) can suspend reason
and decency and continue to abuse human rights. The U.N.
has taught them to dig a hole and bury their own brains.

The worst abuses occur when innocent people:

           1     are executed for drug "crimes"
           2     have to live in fear of the police
           3     are summarily deprived of freedom
           4     have their children taken from them
           5     are humiliated in regular drug raids
           6     are slandered in police press releases
           7     lose jobs, homes &tc because of prejudice
           8     are impoverished by harsh or repeated fines
           9     lose their parents because of the drug laws

So much for UDHR. The UN displays a remarkable double standard.

The United Nations message has been and still is that people who try
to maintain health and happiness and productivity are punished as if
their mental illnesses were their fault, as if it is somehow morally
wrong to seek and use the very effective chemical remedies available.

For decades the victims of this modern Inquisition have suffered greatly
because of:  i  human rights abuses
            ii  incorrect dosages
           iii  inappropriate drugs
            iv  excessive cost of drugs
             v  lack of honest information

And human societies have suffered because honest small producers are
eliminated by police activity and organized crime has reaped untold
billions in profits to reinvest in corruption and vice.

The U.N. has instigated well documented "Fear and Loathing" campaigns to
motivate governments to pass antidrug laws to deprive citizens of basic
human rights and adversely affect the mental health of millions of
innocent people. There has been little or no effort to evaluate the
actual harm they have done. It is all buried in harsh and unreal
prohibitionist rhetoric.

And they are still at it. Currently south america and eastern europe has
become their focus, their playground, as if there are not enough human
rights abuses in these super-regions as it is.

These men deserve to be tried as the Drug War Criminals that they are.
These Drug War Criminals who are still on the U.N. payroll should be
brought to justice. Prohibition remains a multi-billion dollar industry
for lawyers, law enforcers and organized crime. The United Nations'
good name has been further used to induce smart but not wise people
that this widespread and severe repression of basic human rights is
necessary. For what?

Underlying it is the old mediaeval Western notion that people infested
by evil spirits have to be subjected to pain and fear for their own
good as this is the only way to drive the evil out of them. Inflicting
suffering on people who use drugs as a deterrent and punishment is an
active UN policy at this time.

The weight of scientific evidence has refuted their lies and myths
for decades. Public opinion has in many places swung against these
abuses. It is time for all who care about common decency to teach
politicians and United Nation bureaucrats some radical new concepts
like "compassion", "tolerance" and "respect for scientific evidence"
and the meaning of "human rights."

It will not be easy. It is up to you to help.

If you agree, then

United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights -
(Lawfully binding on signatory national governments)
ARTICLES routinely ignored in the Drug War on citizens.

ARTICLE  1.    All human beings are born free and equal in dignity
and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should
act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

ARTICLE  2.   Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms
set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind...

ARTICLE 3.   Everyone has the right to life, liberty and
security of person.

ARTICLE  5.   No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel,
inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

ARTICLE  7  All are equal before the law and are entitled without any
discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to
equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this
Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.

ARTICLE  9. No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest,
detention or exile.

ARTICLE  10.  Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and
public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal in the
determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal
charge against him.

ARTICLE  11.  (1)  Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right
to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public
trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defence.

ARTICLE  12.  No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with
his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his
honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the
law against such interference or attacks.

ARTICLE 16 (3) The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of
society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.

ARTICLE  17.  (2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.

ARTICLE  19.    Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and

ARTICLE  24. (2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special

Art. 29 (2) In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall
be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for
the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and
freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality,
public order and the general welfare in a democratic society.

Art. 29 (3) These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised
contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

ARTICLE 30. Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying
for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or
to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and
freedoms set forth herein.

If still in doubt, read on, read between the lines - and shudder....


>  Other major elements of the Legal Assistance Office activities
>  would be the training of judges in drug-related matters....

>  Further, the heads of drug law enforcement agencies could play a
>  decisive role in identifying the content of national strategies
>  and new legislation and expedite their adoption.

> to fight the worsening drug problem, the united nations will be
> offering services that will evaluate each drug-ridden country's
> needs in the fight against narcotics.
> in the field of communications, the pnufid will collaborate with
> the inter press service news agency to organise seminars and
> working groups in latin america that will make journalists and
> non-governmental organisations more aware of the pressing drug

> the Commission would have the Economic and Social
> Council invite all Governments that have not yet done so to accede
> to the Convention on Psychotropic Substances of 1971 and to
> establish a system for the control of the export of those
> substances.  The Council would also call upon Governments with
> experienced national drug control administration to provide
> support to States that require assistance in establishing
> effective control mechanisms for international trade in
> psychotropic substances.....
>     By a resolution on cooperation between the Commission on
> Narcotic Drugs, the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal
> Justice and other bodies (document E/CN.7/1993/L.11/Rev.1), the
> Commission decided to maintain active cooperation with the
> Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice and coordination
> with the Commission for Social Development, the Commission on
> Transnational Corporations and other intergovernmental bodies, in
> order to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of United Nations
> activities in the drug control field.....
> The Commission elected Fulani Koajafa (Nigeria) as its Chairman.
> Elected as Vice-Chairmen were Reza Seifollahi (Iran), Ireneusz Matela
> (Poland) and Balkan Kizildeli (Turkey).  Gonzalo Torrico (Bolivia)



> ...we should make a huge effort in the direction of how to increase
> minority rights, individual rights, to give people an opportunity
> to stick together inside a nation, rather than breaking a nation
> into smaller and smaller units,'' said eliasson, who heads the
> u.n. department of humanitarian affairs.

>  The Role of ......  UN Organisations.
>  Are they too conservative, too bureaucratic, or simply too slow....?
>  Under the UN Charter, one of the basic purposes of the United Nations
>  is to promote and encourage respect for human rights and fundamental

>   VIENNA, 15 June -- The Chairman of the Main Committee of the
> World Conference on Human Rights this afternoon stressed the need
> to strengthen instruments and mechanisms for the implementation of
> human rights in all countries.
> .... During the current session, the Committee is to consider
>    progress made since the adoption of the 1948 Universal Declaration
> of Human Rights and ways to overcome obstacles to further progress in
> that area.  It is also to consider the relationship between
> development, democracy and human rights, as
> well as contemporary trends and challenges to the full realization
> of human rights, particularly among vulnerable groups.
>     The Committee is further expected to develop recommendations
> to strengthen international cooperation in the field of human
> rights, ensure universality and objectivity in considering human
> rights issues, enhance the effectiveness of United Nations human
> rights activities and mechanisms and secure the necessary
> financing for those activities.
>     HEIKI HAAVISTO, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland, said
> the Conference should endorse and promote the universality
> established by the Declaration.  It should urge all Governments to
> make every effort to accede to, ratify and fully implement the
> United Nations human rights instruments.
> It should also pay attention to the large number of reservations
> which might erode recognized human rights standards.  The States
> parties should review their reservations with a view to
> withdrawing them whenever possible. HR CONFERENCE      UNIC.NEWS

>     CATHERINE LALUMIERE, Secretary-General of the Council of
> Europe, said it was appropriate to reassert clearly and
> unambiguously that human rights were universal and indivisible....
> The very basis of human rights was the principle of the equal
> dignity of the human being, without any distinction.  The strength
> of human rights principles lay in the fact that they were situated
> outside any historical, political or religious circumstance.
>  ........ Universality left room for diversity, but that must not be
> allowed to erode the common stock of the basic principles.  Thus the
> international community must interest itself in violations of human
> rights, wherever they took place.  The international right of
> supervision, in order to be credible, must ensure that there were no
> double standards.
>      JOSE MANUEL DURAO BARROSO, Minister for Foreign Affairs of
> Portugal, said that each State had to respect the rights and
> dignity of its citizens and could not, in the name of any
> collective economic or security interest, cross the frontiers
> imposed by the primacy of human rights.  It could not do that for
> reasons of power, economic prosperity, religion, ideology or
> politics.  Nothing could justify the violation of essential human
> rights and values.  The principle of universality was compatible
> with cultural, religious and ideological diversity.  That
> diversity could not be used as an argument to limit rights.
>      ALF SVENSSON, Minister for Development Cooperation and Human
> Rights Issues of Sweden, said the obligation to respect human
> rights and fundamental freedoms rested first with States.
> ....Each Government had to mobilize its resources to ensure the
>  respect for, and attainment of, human rights....
>      M. REDHA MALEK, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Algeria, said
> the Conference must help amplify the economic, social and cultural
> dimension of human rights.  The right to self-determination, the
> sovereign equality of States and the right of non-interference in
> internal affairs also had to be taken into account..... It was not
> acceptable to have double standards in the exercise of human rights.
>     ROBERTO ROBAINA, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Cuba, said
> that no one knew better than the countries of the South the true
> significance of the universal values that had inspired the
> Conference.  The theme of human rights, however, had been
> manipulated to justify injustice and to distort the mandates of
> the United Nations.  Attempts were made to give the privilege of
> judging rights to a small group of countries.  Invoking the
> modalities of preventive diplomacy, limited sovereignty and
> humanitarian interference had caused bloodshed in various parts
> of the planet....  In today's circumstances, with an increase of
> xenophobia, neo-fascism and racism, human rights were increasingly
> violated.....
>      GIOVANNI CONSO, Minister of Justice of Italy, said human
> rights were universal and indivisible and could not be the
> exclusive property of any one culture, region or political system.
> Diverse cultural, ethical and religious motivations had a bearing
> on the particular manifestations of human rights.  National
> sovereignty must remain a basic element in international
> relations.  The human being was a unique entity and his rights
> were inalienable.  However, the rights of women, children and
> minorities were often systematically and cruelly violated.
>     The presence of a high commissioner for human rights would
> help rapidly to identify human rights violations and respond to
> them, he said.  It would help improve coordination between
> intergovernmental bodies.  The role of the Centre for Human Rights
> should be reinforced and adequately financed.  It was necessary to
> develop a political and institutional atmosphere that would
> promote a human rights culture.  It was important to recognize the
> indissoluble link between human rights and peace, as well as the
> link between human rights and development.
                              HR CONFERENCE       UNIC.NEWS

> Provisions of UN treaties have been written into national
> legislation affording millions of people the legal basis for
> claiming respect for their rights. Even when not incorporated
> into national law, UN s standards and the spotlight of UN attention
> have proven to be powerful tools, curbing abuses......
>                       PURPOSE STATEMENT UNHR.NEWS

> UN Action for Human Rights
> Under the UN Charter, one of the basic purposes of the United Nations
> is to promote and encourage respect for human rights and fundamental
> freedoms for all, without distinction as to race, sex, language or
> religion. Toward that end, the UN is at work on many fronts:
> Setting standards
> The UN has set international standards in some 70 covenants, conventions
> and treaties, beginning with the UN Charter (1945) and the Universal
> Declaration of Human Rights. Such standards cover almost every aspect of
> human existence and are accepted throughout the world.


question:  given that:

>the Economic and Social Council would urge all Governments to
>establish a balance between the licit supply of and demand for opiates
>for medical and scientific use, keeping in mind the efforts to solve
>the problem of the excess stock of opiate raw materials.


 > By the terms of another draft, the Economic and Social
 > Council would endorse the view of the International Narcotics
 > Control Board (INCB), which opposes the legalization of the
 > non-medical use of drugs.


In light of the social and humanitarian implications, will the United
Nations now encourage the medical use of "illegal" drugs with the same
enthusiasm that it discouraged their usage for the past 32 years? Or
to put it another way, will the U.N. seek now to UNDO some of the harm
and damage it has done to the global community by its prolonged advocacy
of the abuse of human rights?

Speak up now, we can't hear you above the babble of your
cocktail parties.........