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    Sensible, Human Rights Based Policies for Ayahuasca


    Sensible, human rights based policies for ayahuasca

    Panel presentation at the 2019 World Ayahuasca Conference entitled “Envisioning the future: Towards sensible, human rights based policies for ayahuasca practices.” Several legal and policy experts provided perspectives regarding the state of ayahuasca policies internationally.

    Constanza Sánchez Avilés, Jeffrey Bronfman, Charlotte Walsh, Ben Meeus and Ahmed Saheed engaged in a powerful dialogue on progress that has been made in terms of the legal acceptance of ayahuasca and the remaining challenges that have to be faced in order to make sure that these practices are respected worldwide.

    How can we approach the future of ayahuasca policies? What are the most recent developments on public policy and human rights in terms of ayahuasca? What are the potential scenarios for the coming years? Where are we at this moment? How can we envision the future so that it becomes a reality? The answer to these questions can be found on the following video.


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    Jeffrey Bronfman was the lead plaintiff and legal strategist of the União do Vegetal (UDV). He performed a successful legal action to secure UDV’s rights to the religious use of their sacrament in the United States. He is also a member of the Steering Committee of ICEERS’s Ayahuasca Defense Fund. Charlotte Walsh is a member of the ICEERS Legal Advisory Committee focusing on the interface between psychedelics and the law. Finally, Ben Meeus is a human rights advocate mostly dedicated to the protection of indigenous peoples, forests and climate.

    The panel was presented by Constanza Sánchez Avilés, who is the Law, Policy and Human Rights Coordinator at ICEERS and GDPO Research Associate. Moreover, the conference was completed with a video by Ahmed Shaheed, special rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief at the United Nations.

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