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Sat Dec 29, 2012, 08:17 PM

Call for end to anti-drug aid for regimes with death penalty

Source: The Observer

Call for end to anti-drug aid for regimes with death penalty

Human rights groups urge government to stop giving money to countries such as China and Iran

Jamie Doward
The Observer, Saturday 29 December 2012

Human rights groups have urged the government to heed the recommendations of an influential parliamentary committee that has told the government to stop funnelling money into anti drug-trafficking programmes in countries that administer the death penalty.

The Observer has reported how, over the past decade, the UK has given millions of pounds to help Pakistan, China and Iran combat drug smuggling. Some of the money has been used to train staff to spot potential smugglers and to supply sniffer dogs and scanners.

But MPs and human rights groups are horrified by credible claims that the increased aid has met with a corresponding rise in arrests which, in turn, has led to more people ending up on death row, including several Britons.

Human rights groups estimate that at least 400 people have been executed for drugs offences in Iran alone since March. There are claims that the Tehran regime has used the executions to eliminate political opponents.


Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/dec/30/end-antidrug-aid-cruel-regimes

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Dec 30, 2012, 12:55 PM

1. That would be an important humanitarian advance.

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Sun Dec 30, 2012, 01:15 PM

2. Oh dear, that means Britain won't send money to the U.S.

... what with all the people we have on death row.

I'd welcome the bad press from this.

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Sun Dec 30, 2012, 04:58 PM

3. it drugs were legalized and taxed

the situation would be better.

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