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Development cannot be sustainable without drug policy reform

  • Anand Grover

Jakarta   /   Fri, April 20 2018   /  01:30 am

Indonesia boasts one of the most vibrant emerging economies in the world. As such, the country is at the forefront of contemporary global, social and economic concerns, such as demography, climate change, disparities in development and inequity in services among different provinces and social classes.

Moreover, the country is committed to reforming a number of policies for the benefit of its most vulnerable and marginalized populations in line with the sustainable development agenda and its goals (SDGs).

Nevertheless, the current debate on the reform of the criminal code with the inclusion, among many others, of provisions to strengthen the punitive response to drugs, impedes this commitment to achieving the SDGs in a variety of ways.

Across different cultures and throughout history, a “drug-free society” has never actually existed. However, in an attempt to ac...