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National Drug Conference 2011: Damon Barrett

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Human rights based approach to drug policy

Damon Barrett joined Harm Reduction International in 2007 as Human Rights Analyst and now heads up HRI human rights programme. Mr. Barrett holds a degree in Law and
a Masters degree in International Human Rights Law and has a background in children’s rights and UN systems and mechanisms. His work at Harm Reduction International
is focused on the development of a human rights based approach to drug policy at an international level; international donor and agency accountability; and the rights of the child.

Mr. Barrett was a member of the UK delegation to the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs from 2008-2011, and has worked to raise the profile of drug policies at the UN Human Rights Council and within UN human rights mechanisms. He has authored numerous articles and reports, and has spoken internationally, on human rights and drug policies. Mr. Barrett is a co-founder of the International Centre on Human Rights and Drug Policy, and an Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal on Human Rights and Drug Policy.

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