Parliamentary Engagement on Drug Policy Reforms in Liberia

18. 10. 30
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Monrovia, Liberia – Many nations in Africa, have burdened their social justice systems in the name of the “war on drugs” thereby incarcerating many people in the alleged connection with drug related crimes. This has resulted in lavished government spending and over-crowding of prisons with an inherent notable mass corruption

 The West Africa Drug Policy Network (WADPN) Liberia Chapter in collaboration with the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) and supported by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) is organising a two-day Parliamentary dialogue in Monrovia, the meeting will be held from 30-31 October,2018.

This legislative engagement activity is intended to bring together members of Parliament in Liberia and the Parliamentary Select Committee of Health, Internal Affairs, Social Welfare, Womens and Children’s Affair and Defence to discuss the gaps and flaws of the current Liberian drug policy. The meeting will rely on the model drug law tool developed by the West Africa Commission on Drugs which aims to guide policy-makers in the region on how to better frame their drug laws.

It will also deliberate on drug policy reform measures in the context of health, gender, child protection and good governance. The engagement will bring together parliament members from the region and civil society actors to share their experiences on drug policy advocacy and reform efforts across the region.

Particular attention will be given to drug policy reform measures in the context of health, gender, child protection and good governance. The engagement will bring together parliament members from the region and civil society actors to share their experiences on drug policy advocacy and reform efforts across the region.

The Liberian parliamentary members will also have the opportunity to learn from Ghana with presentations from Mr. Yaw Akrasi Sarpong the former Narcotics Control Board Chairman. This will enable them to assess, review and give recommendations on reforming the existing Liberian drug law, highlighting the practices from Ghana one of the reform champions in the region.

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