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Europäisches Parlament empfiehlt Revision der UN-Konventionen
European Parliament reccomends revision of UN Conventions
] The European Parliament is currently debating on a resolution it will approve before 8 April 2003, the start date of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs Meeting in Vienna. The resolution contains a recommendation to government leaders to the Vienna meeting. If it's approved in its draft form, edited by rapporteur Mrs. Kathalijne Buitenweg (Greens, Netherlands), the resolution would become a tool for pressure on European Union leaders to request a revision of UN Conventions. There'll be a vote on this text in the Committee on Citizen's Freedom and Rights on March 18th and 19th, and in the Plenary Session of the European Parliament in the week of April 7th, just before the CND meeting in Vienna starts.
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INVITATION TO A PUBLIC HEARING ON
EUROPE's ROLE IN DRUG POLICY REFORM
Einladung für ein öffentliches Hearing im Europaparlament:
Die Rolle Europas in der Drogenpolitik- Reform
4 MARCH 2003
EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, BRUSSELS
ROOM PHS 4B 01
9.00 - 18.30 hs
Doors: 8.15 am


Dear Mr./Ms.,

Herewith, we invite you to attend a public hearing on Europe's role in international drug policy reform, that will take place on 4 March 2003 in the European Parliament, Brussels.

From 8 to 17 April 2003, the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) will convene in Vienna. The CND meeting will include a two day summit of ministers from all UN Member States. The aim of the meeting is to evaluate the impact of current drug policy based on prohibition of production, distribution and consumption of all substances included in the three UN Treaties on Drugs (of 1961, 1971 and 1988). The meeting is also supposed to agree on future guidelines.

The International Coalition of NGO's for Just and Effective Drug Policy (ICN) will not allow the CND meeting to go unchallenged. Our aim is to prevent future drug policy from causing yet further deterioration in the field of health, human rights, community safety, sustainable development, sound economy and national sovereignty.

The UN Drug Treaties are the "legal" basis for the incarceration of millions of people for something they do that does not harm others, using their human rights to do so. We do not dispute that drug use may become a burden for some, but this should never be an excuse to incarcerate and criminalize so many. The UN Drug Treaties are the underlying cause of formidable drug crime, drug misery, political domination and corruption.

We feel the time has come for this drug-policy-straightjacket to be broken up, or at least substantially loosened. People who see the "war on drugs" as a cause of more harm than the drugs themselves should openly speak out against this modern form of Inquisition.

European governments have a specific role to play in Vienna. Due to the experience they have with alternative policies, they know that a lot of harm and nuisance can be avoided if drugs were legally available, i.e. taxed and regulated. Therefore, they are in a good position to propose a fundamental revision of the international drug legislation, based on the three UN Treaties.

Therefore, on the 4th of March 2003, we will hold a one day public hearing inside the European Parliament in Brussels. Under the title "VIENNA 2003: A Chance for the World ", important European political, scientific and cultural leaders will speak out against the seemingly cast-iron UN Drug Treaties. Among the audience will be members of national and European Parliaments, representatives of European Governments and EU institutions, and members of the press and of civil society.

We believe the current UN Drug Treaties are outdated. We need your help to create the space to develop drug policies that are more consistent with present cultural and economic situations in- and outside Europe. Therefore, we ask you to come to the hearing in Brussels and call upon Parliamentarians and other decision-makers in Europe to modernize the UN Treaties.

Access to this hearing is free for everyone, but if you wish to attend, you need to register. Therefore, please send us the reply form by E-mail, fax or normal post before 20 February 2003. Also, please note that in order to enter the European Parliament building, you need to bring a valid identity card or passport.

More information on the hearing (programme and speakers) and other ICN initiatives for the Vienna meeting can be found at www.vienna2003.org

Antwortformular/REPLY FORM

Ja, ich möchte am Hearing im Europaparlament am 4. März 2003 teilnehmen.
YES, I would be willing to attend the hearing in the European Parliament on 4 March 2003.

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