I read that 129 countries (out of 140) have agreed to sign up to an agreement (at UN), with USA to ‘take further action in the WAR on DRUGS’.. but our PM is not one of them.
It seems that the USA President is following behind, the example of the Philippines & other extreme regimes in Asia; Death Penalty for trafficking & supply. There are stories of ‘renegade gangs’ (sanctioned by Duterte’s Govt.) who are shooting dead, street dealers & even users. Is this the path that USA President, wants the world to head down, on drug control ?
I read this from a press release:
‘New Zealand will not be signing the United States’ document calling for global action on the war on drugs,’ Prime Minister (of NZ) says.
‘(our PM) is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly this week, along with about 140 other world leaders.’
‘US President (Trump) is kicking off his week at the UN by holding an event to promote the US document called the Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem.’
‘The document requires the countries which sign to develop national action plans to reduce the demand for illicit drugs, cut off supply at their borders and strengthen international cooperation.’
‘US media are reporting that some countries will sign it, not because they agree with it but because they don’t want to antagonise Mr Trump.’
‘But (our PM) said New Zealand would not be among them.’
“No it’s not our intention to and there are a number of other countries who haven’t either.” she said
‘(our PM) said New Zealand had its own specific challenges around drug use, and it would prefer to take a health approach to the issue.’
* meanwhile the current NZ opposition leader.. said he would sign up. if he was the PM
‘He said (our PM) was distancing New Zealand from more than 120 countries – including Australia, the United Kingdom and Canada – who had all signalled their intention to take part.’
“The Prime Minister’s excuse for not signing up, that the government is taking ‘a health approach’ isn’t good enough. The strategy calls for countries to do more to address addiction and provide more treatment as well as working more closely together to clamp down on manufacturing and supply.”
“But by distancing New Zealand from that work the Prime Minister risks making New Zealand an easy target and sending the message that her government is soft on crime and drug dealers.”
‘(opposition leader) said National (party) would support people with drug and alcohol problems, but would also hold those who peddle drugs to account.’
** The opposition National party, are still just ‘jumping on the TOUGH on Crime/DRUGS bandwagon‘.. not because it is the ‘right thing to do’ but because it appeals to their ‘Right-wing, Redneck‘ support base !
“Good onya Jacinda, for taking the rational approach to Drug issues” for NOT jumping on the Irrational Failed policy bandwagon.. with Trump & Co. !! 🙂