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Would You Kill For Pot?

schmoo | 23.02.2010 23:22 | Repression | Social Struggles | World

Pickets against death penalty for drug offenses (including cannabis) in Malaysia: London Paris Vienna, THURSDAY 4 MARCH 2010, 1 PM: For an end to the death penalty for drug offenses in Malaysia and elsewhere.

In cooperation with Encod members in London, Paris and Vienna, Encod is organising picket line demo's at the Malaysian embassies in the UK and France (on 4 March 2010) as well as at the entrance of the UN Centre in Vienna where the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs will be held (on 8 and 9 March 2010).

Please join us in front of the Malaysian Embassy, 45 BELGRAVE SQUARE, LONDON SW1X 8QT (near Hyde Park Corner, Piccadilly Line).

OR in Paris: REJOIGNEZ-NOUS FACE DE L’AMBASSADE DE MALAISIE A PARIS – 2 Bis Rue Benouville, 75116 Paris (Métro Porte Dauphine)
JEUDI 4 MARS 2010, 1 PM.


From March 8 to 12, 2010 during the yearly meeting of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna, governments from all over the world will once again declare their support to the global fight against drugs, i.e. the substances that were prohibited worldwide by a UN Convention in 1961.

In Malaysia, as in 21 other countries in the world, people who use or possess relatively small quantities of drugs, including cannabis, are sentenced to death. These sentences are mandatory: judges have no possibility to invoke any extenuating circumstance. Furthermore, the usual burden of proof is reversed so that an individual is presumed to be guilty unless he or she can prove otherwise.

International Conventions on Human Rights, various UN Human Rights Bodies and the UN Secretary General have expressed that the “death penalty should only be considered in cases where the crime is intentional and results in lethal or extremely grave consequences, not in cases of economic, non-violent or victimless offences. In those cases a death sentence may be considered as an arbitrary execution.”

The use, sale or trafficking of drugs is not intended to have a lethal outcome. People use drugs to feel good or to feel better, and as long as there is a demand there will always be a supply. Also in Malaysia, drug use has continued to rise in spite of the death penalty. The people who are occasionally caught by authorities do not have major responsibilities in this business. Killing them will not scare the drug gangs away. On the contrary: thanks to these punishments, the leaders in the drug business can continue to justify extraordinary high prices for their goods

Legitimized by the United Nations, drug prohibition continues to drive repressive policies and legislation including death sentence. These policies are typically rooted in moral in stead of rational arguments, and impede the development of progressive and effective responses to any problems that the use of drugs may cause.


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Display the following 13 comments

  1. Why Do They Make Drugs Illegal? — Klamber
  2. Economical's the West stopping other countries exporting & having power — anon
  3. to klamber — onon by right
  4. onon by right — ted
  5. @ted — Klamber
  6. Live Life! — red
  7. not true — riotact
  8. No link between Cannabis use and Schizophrenia — Howard Marks
  9. skunk not cannabis — ted
  10. thankyou — Anon
  11. Ted owns no-one — nonny mouse
  12. Strawman — Ted
  13. wrong website... — Spotty