BALADI CAP’s Partner SKOUN Succeeds in Campaign to Protect First Time Drug Users from Jail

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Skoun, a BALADI CAP grantee, has succeeded in providing additional legal protection to drug addicts. Skoun announced, in a press conference on June 26, 2018, that based on its advocacy, the Minister of Justice, Salim Jreissati, has issued a circular (number 3/2057) asking the Chairman of Supreme Judicial Council in Lebanon to request that Lebanese judges strictly implement the articles 193, 194, 196 of Law on Narcotics which stipulates the referral of drug addicts to Drug Addictions Committee DAC, rather than jail. In parallel, the State Prosecutor issued a circular binding all state prosecutors to respect articles 194 and 195 that stipulate the referral to Drug Addictions Committee.

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