Illicit Cycle of Narcotics from a Human Rights Perspective

Tomoya Obokata

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The purpose of this article is to analyse the illicit cycle of narcotics within a human rights framework. It begins by illustrating the benefits of adopting a human rights framework, such as its ability to promote victim-centred and holistic approaches. The article then identifies key human rights issues such as poverty, forced labour, law enforcement practices and addiction to narcotics. It continues with an analysis of the nature and the extent of obligations imposed upon States. This article focuses on three categories of human rights obligations to address: 1) the supply of narcotics; 2) narcotics trafficking; and 3) the demand for narcotics. The main conclusion reached is that a human rights framework can strengthen the global action against the illicit cycle of narcotics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-187
Number of pages29
JournalNetherlands Quarterly of Human Rights
Volume25 (2)
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Law
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations


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