INCB Mission to the Republic of Honduras

An INCB mission visited Honduras from 23 to 27 February 2015. The mission was conducted by Board member Prof. Francisco Thoumi, accompanied by Ms. Beate Hammond of the INCB Secretariat. The purpose of the mission was to discuss specific issues related to the country's implementation of the three international drug control conventions, to which it is party. A technical visit to Honduras was carried out in 2006.
 
The mission met with officials from the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of National Defence, the Ministry of Security, the Ministry of Public Prosecutions, Customs, and the Ministry of External Relations and International Cooperation. The mission had the opportunity to visit an out-patient treatment center in Tegucigalpa. Meetings were also held with the United Nations Resident Coordinator as well as with the Executive Director from the Association for a More Just Society (AJS).
 
Deliberations focused on recent developments in drug trafficking and abuse in Honduras, the Government's cooperation with INCB, measures taken by the Government to control narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and the chemicals needed for their illicit manufacture and policies to reduce the demand for illicit drugs and to treat and rehabilitate drug users. The issue of drug-related violence in Honduras was also discussed.
 
The findings of the mission will be reviewed by the Board at its forthcoming session in May 2015 and will be reflected in the INCB Annual Report for 2015, which will be published in early 2016.

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