Disinfo: Human Rights Watch asks the Georgian government to decriminalize personal use of all drugs

Summary

Human Rights Watch is a dangerous threat to the government. It calls on the Government of Georgia to decriminalize personal use of all drugs and acquisition or possession of a small quantity for personal use.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on civil society and NGOs euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=georgia+ngo&disinfo_issue=&date=,   In fact, HRW's report calls on the Georgian government to focus on effective public health measures. It shows the damage associated with drug abuse and addiction for the users. HRW emphasizes that: "this is not a call for legalization, as drug consumption and possession for personal use could remain an administrative offense that trigger administrative penalties, such as fines". Further debunk by Mythdetector: http://mythdetector.ge/en/myth/marshalpress-manipulates-hrw-report-drug-policy

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 118
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/08/2018
  • Language/target audience: Georgian
  • Country: Georgia
  • Keywords: Drugs, NGO, Human Rights Watch

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