Thailand amends drug law to reduce penalties and ensure more proportionate sentencing

On November 24, 2016, the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) approved the adoption of new amendments to Thailand’s Narcotics Act.

Nagaland Drug User activists jointly filed a PIL demanding HCV treatment

Four Patient groups of Nagaland filed a Public Interest Litigation(PIL) at the Gauhati High Court, Kohima Bench on the 18th September 2018 on grounds demanding roll out of “prevention and treatment programs for Hepatitis C (HCV) in Nagaland” against the Nagaland Government and the Union of India.

Sri Lanka to Open Asia’s First Medical Cannabis Plantation

This is a revolutionary move for the country and the continent; there are currently no countries in Asia which permit the production and sale of cannabis for medical purposes

Artists, Lawyers, Human Rights Groups to Netflix – Cancel AMO

We, artists and human rights advocates, express our deep concern over the screening of AMO, a series about the brutal war on Drugs campaign waged in the Philippines. According to its director Brillante Mendoza, the show will dramatize the drug problem in the country from the point of view of the victims as well as the “victimizer”.

Dolutegravir and other INSTIs

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.

When an educated criminal comes to power – CDUN

The Coalition of Drug Users in Nepal (CDUN) is an alliance of all the drug user network organizations. We aim to promote best practices and evidence generated through project processes, to inform Health, Human Rights and Social Policy, in order to create a larger social impact for Drug Users.

GLOBAL WEEK OF ACTION 2016

The Asian Network of People who Use Drugs (ANPUD) and the International Network of People who Use Drugs (INPUD), through our national network allies and colleagues, are leading a global week of action against the extrajudicial killings of people who use drugs in the Philippines. The global week of action will take place in the week beginning October 10th 2016. The week will focus actions at embassies and consulates of the Philippines around the world. You are encouraged to take the lead in identifying an appropriate date in the week for a peaceful demonstration at embassies and consulates.

NEPAL PRESS RELEASE: Demonstration to stop Filipino slaughter

On August 5, 2016, Nepalese community of people who use drugs demonstrated a peaceful protest and urgently requested that the Government of Philippines and his Excellency President Duterte call an immediate halt to the extrajudicial killing of people, and entreat instead to set science-based standards for a healthy, productive, and prosperous Philippines. Please read their press release and the petition they submitted to President Duterte via the Consulate Office of the Philippines in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Protest Against process of National Guideline of Hepatitis Treatment in Nepal

Recovering Nepal, National network of Drug Users and Drug led organizations (RN), conducted Protest against program of disseminating “Hepatitis Treatment Guideline for Nepal”. Protest against Technical Team, in-front health Minister to ensure inclusion of drug user’s community and key technical activist of civil society in Nepal.
Protest was a success: Technical team conceptually agreed to revisit the process and minister also reinforced to address the voices of Civil Society.

Data used by Indonesia to justify drug laws is ‘questionable’, say experts

In an open letter to Indonesian President Joko Widodo, published in the leading health journal The Lancet, a group of prominent Indonesian academics and experts have called on the government to commit to proven public health approaches to address drug use, and to urgently discontinue strategies which have been found counterproductive such as involuntary rehabilitation and the death penalty.