Document Type : Article


1 PH.D.Student in International law, Faculty of Law, Islamic Azad University Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran

2 Associate Prof, Public International Law, Faculty of Law, Islamic Azad University Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran


Looking at recent international developments on illegal drugs, we find that discourses of international community actors' are changing and differentiating from each other on counter drugs policy. While the US and Mexico, as destination countries of drugs have a rigid policy; in opposite, Colombia and Afghanistan as countries of origin of drugs have a more lenient approach. So, it seems there has been occurred a shift from extremely rigid drugs policy making to a flexible regime across the countries. This attitude change could result in a considerable cost saving in counter drugs programs. Therefore, recently international drugs control organizations have also been redressing the existing prohibitionist regime, as evidenced by the launch of 2016 UNGASS and the emphasis on shared responsibility of governments, hearing the voices of non-governmental organizations on the one hand and expressing criticisms of alternative development and indigenous peoples` livelihood on the other hand, and ultimately the reform of drug-related treaties. The purpose of this research is a comparative study of Legal developments in countries of origin and destination of illegal drugs. Also related to the special session of the United Nations General Assembly, it is discussed that the adoption of laws followed by less draconian penalties could play a more favorable role to support human rights standards during drugs control programs.


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