IACHR: ‘Highly’ Urgent

Aamiya Dhillon of Notimex writes about the happenings in the IACHR.

The IACHR cut the ribbon with a blunder. Instead of delving deeper into the agenda and the opinions the different member states held on it, they decided to go ahead and come up with solutions.

This being a very illogical decision, the proposed ideas were equally impractical. The committee dragged on until the delegate of Mexico brought about the topic of ‘legalization of drugs’ in one of the speeches. The committee then picked up pace and was broadly split into two halves. The delegate of Chile felt that the lure of the ‘forbidden fruit’ is an incentive for many drug abusers and decriminalizing it would at least reduce the high one gets out of breaking the law. On the other hand, this ‘forbidden fruit’ is forbidden for a reason. As the delegate of Argentina pointed out, the countries will be gambling away a lot if they ‘decriminalize’ drugs, because drugs bring with them a lasting addiction. According to the delegate of Puerto Rico, most countries can’t even afford to fund rehabilitation centers.

The Mexican delegate provided a strong counter argument: with the tax revenue they collect out of the ‘legal’ drugs, they can afford to build the aforementioned centers. The Mexican President has previously stated his opinion on weakening the hold of the laws regarding drugs, especially when used for medical purposes. Another advantage legalization of drugs provides is that drug cartels will have no reason to exist if buying and selling of drugs happens out in the open. As opposed to this, further reducing the amount of illicit crops grown by the farmers will have an adverse impact on the economies of the countries that are dependent on the growth and harvest of these crops.

A muddle at first, the committee managed to have discussed most of the major issues by the end of the second session. Unfortunately, drug trafficking completely sidelined other, equally important issues.

The committee intends on dealing with a vast number of issues but with their current pace, the future does look bleak.

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