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Jakarta Post

Experts, activists renew call to decriminalize drugs

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, June 26, 2019   /  05:47 am
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National Narcotics Agency (BNN) officers confiscate crystal methamphetamine, ecstasy, marijuana and ketamine in North Jakarta. (Warta Kota/Junianto Hamonangan )

Legal experts and activists are launching fresh campaigns calling for the decriminalization of drugs so that users can skip the criminal prosecution stage and be conferred with more humane punishments. “The war against drugs must follow a health-oriented approach, while treatment for drug users should be more humane and in accordance with their respective wrongdoings. The key is: provide support and do not punish,” Samsu Budiman, Brotherhood of Indonesian Drug Victims (PKNI) chairman, said at the launch of Anomali Kebijakan Narkotika (Anomalies in Narcotics Policy), a book written by narcotics experts and activists dedicated to reforming narcotics policy, on Sunday. In reality, however, there is a tendency among law enforcers to prioritize imposing criminal law in punishing drug users rather than focusing on medical treatment for the advancement of public health and sci...