The only explicit statement about narcotic and psychotropic drugs (henceforth drugs) in any core United Nations Human Rights Convention is Article 33 in the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

Protection against drugs is hence unquestionably a human rights issue. Protecting children from illicit use/production/trafficking of drugs is not an option for States Parties to the CRC. It is an obligation. Since CRC is more or less universally ratified the obligation is universal.

The paper, The right of children to be protected from narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances – A human right/international law perspective, is looking at children's right to protection from drugs from an international law/human rights point of view. The paper is anchored in the most ratified of all human rights treaties – The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

The paper look at the texts of relevant instrument – and not just singular Articles but the instrument as such – as well as relevant material from other legal sources, such as Treaty Monitoring Bodies and Travaux Preparatoires (Preparatory works).

The paper takes a human rights approach to the issue of children and drugs. It starts with a broad overview over international law and human rights law. It explains about the legal requirements regarding protecting children from drugs in the context of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Based on the facts presented the paper ends with a section of conclusions and options for reinforcing the protection of children against drugs.

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