Peter Muyshondt is a serving police officer who lost his brother to heroine, cocaine and legal medication. When his brother was alive, he firmly believed that prohibition protected youngsters and improved security in society. The sudden death of his brother made him question the effects of prohibition. Since a few years he is advocating for other drug policies that better protect young people and their families. Being a police officer he knows that prohibition fuels the criminal underworld. He is advocating for Anyone’s Child, a worldwide campaign from Transform Drug Policy Foundation that gives families a voice. Anyone’s Child is convinced that prohibition causes more harm than the drugs it aims to eradicate.
As a member of the CSTF he wants to contribute to the better representation of civil society in the international process of policy evaluation and adjustment. Looking from a national point of view policy makers often if not always refer to the international treaties to defend their national policies or to resist policy change. He believes that change can be realized on the local level but that the international treaties not always facilitate better policies. The representation of affected communities in the international debate should be improved.
Anyone’s Child is a growing worldwide movement of affected families who advocate for legal regulation of all drugs. Anyone’s Child recognizes the risks of drugs and that is exactly why drugs should be regulated in order to make society safer.
Alongside his work for Anyone’s Child, Peter is also entitled to speak in the name of Law Enforcement Action Partnership, another grassroot organization, representing many active and former police officers, lawyers, prison guards, judges and prosecutors, challenging prohibition. When professionals speak out against prohibition, policy makers should listen. LEAP and Anyone’s Child share the same objectives.
Communities or targeted groups should have a much louder voice in the policy process. He acknowledges the specific role of the CSTF to allow and stimulate all voices of affected communities.
You can contact Peter at firstname.lastname@example.org .