International Guidelines on Human Rights and Drug Policy
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I. Foundational Human Rights Principles

4. Meaningful participation

Everyone has the right to participate in public life. This includes the right to meaningful participation in the design, implementation, and assessment of drug laws, policies, and practices, particularly by those directly affected.

In accordance with this right, States should:

i. Remove legal barriers that unreasonably restrict or prevent the participation of affected individuals and communities in the design, implementation, and assessment of drug laws, policies, and practices.

ii. Adopt and implement legislative and other measures, including institutional arrangements and mechanisms, to facilitate the participation of affected individuals and groups in the design, implementation, and assessment of drug laws, policies, and practices.

iii. Remove laws depriving people of the right to vote as a consequence of drug convictions.

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