Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health

UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health Tlaleng Mofokeng presented her fourth independent report to the UN’s Human Rights Council on Monday. The report highlights the need to look more closely at the disproportionate negative impact that current policy has on “at-risk” groups in society that are often targeted by drug laws and the policing thereof.

Mofokeng, who has been a special rapporteur on the right to health since 2020, said criminalization, stigmatization and discrimination posed structural barriers for those with dependencies. Her report underscores the idea that states are obliged to make decisions on evidence-based interventions that minimize adverse health risks.

Special rapporteurs and independent experts at the UN are part of the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council, the largest body of independent experts in the UN Human Rights system.

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