Letter to the UN Secretary-General re: Exploitation by China of the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

“As has been reported repeatedly in international media, since 1990 China has ‘celebrated’ the International Day by executing persons convicted of drug crimes. These executions are often held in public venues, such as stadiums, and sometimes shown on television. In addition to the basic due-process questions and other human rights concerns raised by these executions (and the show trials that sometimes precede them), this horrific exploitation of a UN-designated International Day plainly has the effect of undermining the humane treatment of people who use drugs, which you called for in your June 11 statement. . . .”

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