Boris Lvin (bbb) wrote,
Boris Lvin

Запретить плохие факты, не подтверждающие правильную теорию

Mr. BOYER (United States of America) drew attention to a WHO press package that had been released in March 1995 to announce a global study on cocaine use undertaken jointly by WHO and the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute. The United States Government had been surprised to note that the package seemed to make a case for the positive uses of cocaine, claiming that use of the coca leaf did not lead to noticeable damage to mental or physical health, that the positive health effects of coca leaf chewing might be transferable from traditional settings to other countries and cultures, and that coca production provided financial benefits to peasants.

Although his country reaffirmed its support for WHO's work on the scheduling of narcotic and psychotropic substances under international conventions, it took the view that the study on cocaine, evidence of WHO's support for harm-reduction programmes and previous WHO association with organizations that supported the legalization of drugs, indicated that its programme on substance abuse was heading in the wrong direction. The press package undermined the efforts of the international community to stamp out the illegal cultivation and production of coca, inter alia through international conventions.

The United States Government considered that, if WHO activities relating to drugs failed to reinforce proven drug control approaches, funds for the relevant programmes should be curtailed. In view of the gravity of the matter, he asked the Director-General for an assurance that WHO would dissociate itself from the conclusions of the study and that, in substance abuse activities, an approach would not be adopted that could be used to justify the continued production of coca.

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