By Mahinda Aluthgedara- Dinamina
The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) is the independent and quasi-judicial monitoring body for the implementation of the United Nations international drug control conventions. It was established in 1968 in accordance with the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961. It had predecessors under the former drug control treaties as far back as the time of the League of Nations.
Based on its activities, INCB publishes an annual report that is submitted to ECOSOC through the Commission on Narcotic Drugs. The report provides a comprehensive overview of the drug control situation in various parts of the world. As an impartial body, INCB tries to identify and predict dangerous trends and suggests necessary measures to be taken. In its Annual Report, the Board makes recommendations to Governments and international organizations for improving the global drug control situation.
While the main launch press conference was held in Berlin, Germany, by Mr. Werner Sipp, President of the INCB on Wednesday, 2 March, the Colombo launch took place on the 3rd March 2016 at 10.00 a.m. at the Auditorium of the National Dangerous Drugs Control Board as arranged by the United Nations Information Centre, Colombo, together with the National Dangerous Drugs Control Board, Sri Lanka with a media briefing.
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Lanka awash with narcotics
March 3, 2016, 9:51 pm
by Maheesha Mudugamuwa – The Island
Narcotics continue to be smuggled into Sri Lanka on a large scale via sea routes from South India and from Pakistan according to the annual report of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB).
The INCB annual report was launched in Colombo yesterday by the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Colombo in collaboration with the National Dangerous Drugs Control
It states that heroin is smuggled into the country in sea containers and fishing boats. Other than along the established sea routes, trafficking of drugs into Sri Lanka by air, largely through Colombo International airport, has been a regular occurrence. In recent years, the majority of the heroin seized at the airport has been found on those arriving from Pakistan. They use various methods, including ingestion and concealment in body cavities and various kinds of equipment and luggage.
However in 2014, 313 kilos of heroin were seized in Sri Lanka and it was a decrease of about 11 percent compared with the previous year and 19, 644 kilos of cannabis from India were seized. The cannabis seizures decreased by 76 percent compared with 2013, the report reveals.
SL becoming a popular transit point for heroin trafficking
By Nushka Nafeel/Daily News- MAR 04, 2016
Sri Lanka is becoming a popular transit point for heroin trafficking, National Dangerous Drugs (NDDCB) Chairman Prof. Ravindra Fernando said. Trafficking of heroin into Sri Lanka has seen a steady increase,
revealed the International Narcotics Control Board for 2015, United Nations report. The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in collaboration with the National Dangerous Drugs (NDDCB) launched the annual report at the NDDCB yesterday. The global launch of the report will take place in Berlin on March 2. “Though Sri Lanka is being used as a transit point, the usage of heroin within the country has not increased,” NDDCB Director General R.Gamage said.
He further said even though the authorities were able to curb heroin usage, there are around 40, 000 to 50,000 addicts countrywide. The report revealed that the main trafficking routes were by sea, from southern India (for Indian heroin) and from Pakistan (for Afghan heroin). Heroin is smuggled into Sri Lanka in sea containers and fishing boats. Around 313 Kg of heroin was seized, a decrease of about 11 percent when compared to the previous year.
According to INCB, cannabis and heroin are the major illicit drugs of abuse in Sri Lanka. Cannabis was illicitly cultivated in the country at an estimated land area of nearly 500 ha in 2014. In addition no cannabis resin production has been reported in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka had nearly 55,000 heroin addicts and 200,000 cannabis addicts, NDDCB Chairman Prof. Ravindra Fernando said. He, however, said that the exact numbers of drug addicts couldn’t be stated and the number of addicts was collected via Police.
Prof. Fernando said that Sri Lanka had become a key centre for the drug trade as it was used as a transit hub by countries such as Pakistan, Afghanistan and India.
NDDCB Director General K. Gamage said the total drug users in Sri Lanka had not changed during the last 30 years.
Gamage said that majority of heroin addicts were over 30 years old.
He said preventive and awareness programmes were conducted by the board and other relevant government and non-governmental agencies to raise the awareness of the community regarding the drug menace.
Further, drug treatment and rehabilitation programmes were also conducted by the NDDCB and other relevant government and non governmental agencies for reduction of drug demand while the Law Enforcement agencies were actively taking steps to reduce the drug supply, the DG claimed.
Berlin – Germany (main launch)
2 March 2016, 11:00 am (CET)
By: Werner Sipp, President of the International Narcotics Control Board
International Labour Organization (ILO) Berlin, (Third floor), Karlplatz 7, 10117 Berlin, Germany
Contact: Arne Molfenter, United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC), Landline: +49 228 815 2773, firstname.lastname@example.org
Accra – Ghana
2 March 2016, 10:30 am (local time)
By: Douglas Bani, Ministry of Interior
UNIC Accra Resource Centre, Accra
Contact: Cynthia Prah, Email: email@example.com / Regional Rockson, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bogota – Colombia
2 March 2016, 9:00 am (local time)
By: Francisco E. Thoumi, INCB Board member
Calle 100 No. 8A-55, Piso 10, Edificio World Trade Center – Torre C, Bogota 2
Contact: Renata Ruiz, Email: Renata.email@example.com, Tel.: +57 1 646 70 00 / Liliana Garavito, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel.: +57 1 257 60 44 108
Cairo – Egypt
2 March 2016, 11:00 am (local time)
By: Ahmed Samak, INCB Board member and Masood Karimipour, UNODC Regional Representative for the Middle East and North Africa
UNIC Cairo – 1 Osiris Street – Garden City, Egypt – email@example.com
Colombo – Sri Lanka
3 March 2016, 10:00 am (local time)
Auditorium of the National Dangerous Drugs Control Board, Sri Lanka Tel: 00 94 11 2868793 Fax ; 00 94 11 2868791 http://colombo.unic.org ; and http://www.nddcb.gov.lk/
Dakar – Senegal
2 March 2016, 11:00 am (GMT)
By: Erik Van der Veen, Coordinator of the UNODC Sahel Programme
“Capitaine Mbaye Diagne” room of UNIC in Dakar, Parcelle N°20 Route du King Fahd (ex. Méridien Président) en face Hôtel le LITTORAL DAKAR – SENEGAL telephone: (221) 33 869- 99 11 / 12 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jakarta – Indonesia
3 March 2016, 10:00 am – 12.30 pm (local time)
By: Sri Suryawati, INCB Board member
Papua Room, Menara Thamrin Building, 7th Floor, Jl. M.H. Thamrin kav.3, Jakarta, Indonesia
Contact: Tel.: +62 21 398 310 11/13 Email: email@example.com
Kathmandu – Nepal
3 March 2016, 10:00 am (local time)
By: Phanindra Mani Pokharel, Under Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs
UN Conference Hall, UN House, Harihar Bhawan, Lalitpur
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
La Paz – Bolivia
2 March 2016, 10:00 am (local time)
By: Antonino De Leo, UNODC Representative in Bolivia
La Paz, United Nations Building
Contact: Tel.: +591-2-2624444, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mexico City – Mexico
2 March 2016, 10:30 am (local time)
By: Alejandro Mohar, INCB Board member
UN Building. Mario Molina room
Contact: Victor Aguirre, Tel.: +52 55 3762 0183, Email: email@example.com / Mariana Castro, Tel.: +52 55 40 00 97 28
New Delhi – India
2 March 2016, 3:30 pm (IST) which is 11:00 am (CET)
By: Jagjit Pavadia, INCB Board member
The Lalit, Barakhamba Avenue, Cannought Place, New Delhi, India
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