a Crime against Humanity as it is an attack on the health of all humanity. The PoliticalDeclaration adopted by the 1998 UN General Assembly Special Session on the World DrugProblem states that
rugs destroy lives and Communities, undermine sustainable human development and generatecrime.
rugs affect all sectors of the society in all countries; in particular, drug abuse affects the freedom and development of young people, the world's most valuable asset.´
Drug Trafficking and other associated offenses could not be include as a Crime againstHumanity under the ICC statute as it failed to meet the basic definition of a Crime againstHumanity due to a number of reasons.Crimes against Humanity under the ICC Statute are defined as acts of similar character intentionally causing great suffering, or serious injury to body or to mental or physical health.Those acts must be a "part of a widespread or systematic attack directed against any civilian population, with knowledge of the attack.The Rome Statute specifically uses the phrase" attack directed against any civilian population" todefine actions that fall within the definition of Crimes against Humanity. Drugtrafficking does not fall within the definition of the phrase under the Statute. Drug Traffickers aretrafficking with the intention of making money and not harming Civilians. So how is it possibleto include them in the Rome Statute? This problem also does not violate any kinds of Fundamental human rights in the way that other crimes against Humanity do.Also, another point for a debate may be that there are Cultural Differences regarding Drug use.Drugs have been and are still being used by various cultures for various purposes. Around 2000B.C. , Opium was used in Cyprus, Crete and Greece for various ritualistic purposes. InColombia, indigenous cultures such as the Muisca have used the coca leaf, the main ingredient in producing cocaine, for many rituals and as a means of healing various ailments. Also, the Netherland provides an example of how drugs, especially Marijuana, have become a part of modern cultures as well. Since 1976, Amsterdam has been notable for its relaxed restrictions onmarijuana possession within its coffee shops. Portugal is also another state which has very liberaldrug laws. Portugal decriminalized drug use, possession and acquisition for casual users andaddicts as on July 1, 2001.Other parts of Europe and certain American states, such as California,allow for medicinal use of Marijuana. It is not possible to criminalize activities relating to drugsat an international level. The best solution is to create treaties and regulations on Drugtrafficking. Another problem with respect to the inclusion of this crime in the Rome Statute isthat many states may not opt for being a party to the Statute because of disagreements over DrugTrafficking Provisions. This could lead to jeopardization of other crimes currently under theJurisdiction of the ICC.Every country has their laws when dealing with such crimes. It is difficult to come to aconsensus with countries like the Netherlands, Portugal, United States and other countries whichare liberal in this regard. Punishment for such crimes in one particular country depends on one or two factors like the quantity, type, carrier etc. Other countries may not take all these factors intoaccount while sentencing such criminals. So, to attain a consensus is a difficult task. Also, somecountries like Trinidad and Tobago provide for capital punishment for such offences will keepaway from the Rome Statute because it does not provide for Capital Punishment. Also, manycountries in their domestic legal systems do not provide for capital punishment for drugtrafficking.