Statement from ANPUD delivered by Rajiv Kafle, Project Coordinator for Harm Reduction in Asia project, Dec 18 -19, New Delhi, INDIA.
The purpose of this call for consultants is to develop a roster of consultants (experts) for the year 2018. It will primarily benefit ANPUD by reducing the time and level of effort that is required while hiring a consultant. With the launch of ANPUD’s new strategic plan 2018-2022, it is essentially important for ANPUD to become efficient and deliver its action plans on time.
As Philippine Government sponsored mass killings top 13,000, a global coalition of NGOs and advocates say International Criminal Court (ICC) intervention is urgent following the Philippine governments denials and threats to withdraw from the ICC.
What does good health mean in a context where people who use drugs desperately struggle just to survive another day? The right to Health has been established as a Right since 1948. Governments and policy makers are well aware of the universal declarations yet they consciously decide to condemn people who use drugs to an early death. What part of the words ‘Universal’ and ‘Human Rights’ do they not understand? Many might disagree thinking ‘something is better than nothing’ but we want all of it because it is our right. This is not the future we were promised by our leaders.
ANPUD led a global petition demanding Apple Incorporation’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mr. Tim Cook to urgently perform a formal review and remove all the apps made available by Apple immediately and issue an apology for hosting insensitive content. The petition was a successful advocacy effort in that the letter was able to generate huge media attention and some of the games were removed from the App Store. The case study is intended to document the story of victory and disseminate the detailed set of actions performed in the process.
One of the unintended consequences of international drug control is the way we perceive and deal with the users of drugs that have been made illegal. A system appears to have been created in which those who fall into the web of dependence find themselves excluded and marginalized from the social mainstream, tainted with a moral stigma, and often unable to find treatment, even when they may be motivated to want it.
In the letter, 131 organizations including human rights and drug policy reform groups have demanded Apple to immediately remove apps (games) that are promoting murder, extrajudicial killings, violence, and the war on drugs in the Philippines.
Anand spoke along with five other panelists at a session titled “Dying Democracy: A Public Forum on the War on Drugs and Human Rights in the Philippines” that was organized by the Advocacy Network Against Killings in the Philippines (ANAK) on October 5, 2017 at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand in Bangkok.
A systematic review and meta-analysis, conducted to inform the new World Health Organization (WHO) Consolidated Guidelines, found Dolutegravir superior to standard dose Efavirenz for both viral suppression and discontinuation rates.
On April 30, 2017, ANPUD issued a letter of support expressing gratitude and solidarity for the stand taken by Senator Leila De Lima to protect human rights and save lives of people who use drugs in the Philippines. Duterte plotted against her and got her arrested to supress her. She has been unrelentingly fighting to stop the war on drugs in the Philippines while she is in prison. As a response to ANPUD’s letter of support, she returned to us with her inspiring letter.