LATIN AMERICAN ANTIPROHIBICIONIST
MEETING FOR DRUG-POLICY REFORM
1st REGIONAL LEGISLATORS AND JUDGES SYMPOSIUM ON DRUG POLICIES
September 7, 8 and 9, 2005
The Latin American
Drug-Policy Reform Network (REFORMA) wishes to invite the Latin American and
international news media to join us
at the Latin American Antiprohibicionist meeting for drug-policy reform; the 1st Regional Legislators and Judges
Symposium on Drug Policies
The Latin American REFORMA
coalition seeks to reform the region’s drug policies from an antiprohibitionist legislation perspective and a Harm
Reduction approach to health policies in view of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGASS) to be held in Vienna in 2008.
Both forums will begin on Wednesday September 7, 2005 at 17h30 and will
continue on the 8th and 9th, ending at 19h30. The
conferences will be held in the “Manuel Belgrano” chamber
of the Senate House of the
Republic of Argentina
(Congress Zone) in Buenos Aires.
REFORMA is composed of a Coordinating/Exective
Comité with representatives from Colombia, Argentina,
Brazil, Peru, Bolivia,
Jamaica and Uruguay.
The members of this Committee represent Latin American organizations with wide
experience in drug policies and Harm Reduction, and the coalition’s founding
principles are the defense of Human Rights and social justice.
The symposium will address:
reform in the
face of the failed war on drugs, the global and regional
impact of drug prohibition
legislative and criminal justice approaches, a critical approach to drug conventions
and judicial aspects of decriminalization and legalization, legislative
proposals in Latin America
reduction and its role in drug policy reform and peasant and social
movements confronted by prohibition.
Cooperating and participating institutions include the
Tides Foundation, the International Antiprohibitionist League (LIA), the European Coalition for Just and Effective
Drug Policies (ENCOD), the Argentinean Harm Reduction Network (ARDA), the Uruguyan drug user group
the Colombian and European academic and human rights association Mama Coca, and Brazil’s Psicotropicus.
A number of the region’s legislators will play a key role in
this meeting to assess legislative proposals to reform drug policy in the
name of Human Rights.
Dra. Silvia Inchaurraga, Miembro Comité Ejecutivo de REFORMA,
presidente ARDA sinchaur[at]unr.edu.ar – 0341 - 155325208
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