15 March 2019
United Nations Headquarters in Vienna, Austria
Academics, social leaders, politicians, public servants, religious leaders, entrepreneurs, activists and more than 100 organizations from 5 continents joined together at the initiative of the Evangelical Protestant Church of El Salvador (IEPES) to Demand Alternatives to the Necropolitical Prohibitionist and Current International Drug Control Model.
“Prohibition is a mistaken political path that has transformed itself into a morbid ideology. The War on Drugs has reached an unprecedented scale in the Northern Triangle of Central America and in Southeast Asia, leading to terror and death.” accentuates the Declaration.
Within the framework of the Ministerial Segment of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), leaders and intersectoral institutions from around the world have adhered to the Berlin Declaration, calling on intergovernmental agencies to “End the War on Drugs. On the basis of the “Reconciliation Process for Peace, Justice and the protection of creation”.
The list of signatories includes personalities and influencers such as Raquel Peyraube, Noam Chomsky, David Nutt, Bodo Ramelow, Volker Beck, Andreas Müller, Milton Romani Gerner, José Alejandro Solalinde, Martín Barahona, Martin Díaz Velasquez, Dagoberto Gutiérrez, Gretchen Burns Bergman, Jack A. Cole, Greg Barns, Emilio Ruchansky, to mention a few, this along with more than a hundred organizations from around the world such as MAPS, IDPC, FAAAT, NIERIKA AC, Unitarian Universalist Association, LEAP, NORMAL Norge, Asia Catalyst, Uganda Harm Reduction Network, among many others.
The document presented in 6 languages points out that “the attempt to create a drug-free world through supply reduction and abstinence via State violence has failed to respond to the realities of each continent and region”. For the signatories of the document, the prohibitionist model “is creating anti-democratic, repressive and authoritarian structures, which end up strengthening the economic influence of organised crime”.
The declaration denounces that the disproportionate resources directed to the global war on drugs has significantly increased the social and health risks among people who use illegalized drugs.
“The representativeness and multidisciplinary nature of the signatories encompasses a genuine effort outside the macrostructures that hold the will to power in our societies,” said Salvadoran religious Martin Díaz, who together with German theologians Daniela Kreher and Michael Kleim promoted the initiative in collaboration with dozens of organizations and communities around the world.
The ministerial and regular segments of the 62nd session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs are being held March 14-22, 2019, at the United Nations headquarters in Vienna, Austria.
The Berlin Declaration is a tool for advocacy at the highest level in favour of civil society and was presented at the satellite event entitled “2019-2030 | Drug & Human Rights + Cannabis & Sustainable Development“. Empowered by FAAAT (For Alternative Approaches to Addiction, Think & do tank) and the Knowmad Institut (European Institute for Multidisciplinary Studies in Human Rights and Science). The event was co-sponsored by the National Drug Board and the Permanent Representation of Uruguay to International Organizations in Vienna.
“The signatories undertook to promote a reform of the current model based on social, health and human rights aspects. A reform that should focus on correcting the negative consequences of current policies, prevent the abuse of all types of psychoactive substances and alcohols and combating large-scale drug trafficking” concluded Rev. Daniela Kreher.
In the Gospel according to John,
“…I came that they may have life, and may have [it] abundantly”. (Jn 10:10).
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