Harm Reduction International has launched a very interesting and informative report about the incarceration of women for drug offences in Europe and Central Asia. The report was deliberately launched on the opening day of the annual meeting of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs, which took place in Vienna between the 12th and the 16th of March.
This report is the first one to collate the numbers of the women imprisoned for drug offences in Europe and to gather such important data from fifty-one European and Central Asian countries. The information was taken from government agencies, academic researchers and civil society organisations and the data presented were the most recent found regarding the total number of incarcerated women as well as the precise number of those incarcerated for drug offences.
The findings of the report are a real ‘cause for alarm’, as the title of the report indicates. Here is a summary of the most important numbers of imprisoned women in Europe and Central Asia:
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