The Asian Network of People who Use Drugs (ANPUD) urgently calls on Hon. Prime Minister Mrs. Sheikh Hasina and Hon. Home Minister Mr. Asaduzzaman Khan of the government of Bangladesh to immediately stop the extra-judicial killings of people suspected of using or selling drugs. We express our grave concerns over the war on drugs approach opted by the Bangladesh government that has already resulted in over 100 lives and over 12000 arrests since its launch in mid-May 2018.
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”.
The Asian Network of People who Use Drugs (ANPUD) and the International Network of People who Use Drugs (INPUD) have released an open letter to Mr. Reed Hastings, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Netflix. In the letter, the two human rights organizations demand that Netflix immediately cancel plans to stream the Philippines drug war series “AMO” that actively promotes murder, extrajudicial killings, violence, and the war on drugs in the Philippines.
The world is far more progressive or regressive than the CND deliberations – but it is not what member states are allowed to see, hear and speak. It reminded us of the Gandhi’s three monkeys – See no evil, Hear no evil and Speak no evil. It is time to put people who use drugs, evidence and human rights at the center.
On March 16, 2018, an Informal NGO Dialogue with the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) was held during the 61st session on the Commission of Narcotics Drugs (CND). INCB President Dr. Viroj Sumyai, in his response to a question posed by the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC) pointed out reasons to promote access to Naloxone.
People who use drugs community have been significantly contributing towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and Targets despite the hostile context fueled by the criminalizing drug laws and policies. The statement is the truth that everyone needs to know about the diverse roles people who use drugs play in making our society better.
The ANPUD community-based monitoring study aims to improve delivery of harm reduction services, such as the Needle Syringe Programs (NSP) and Opioid Substitution Therapy (OST), and HIV services for people who inject drugs (PWID) in four countries—Cambodia, Indonesia, Nepal and Vietnam.
A coalition of regional key population networks responding to the impact of HIV in Asia and the Pacific is calling for its members to be more involved in managing key grants from the internationally funded Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (the Global Fund).
The Asian Network of People who Use Drugs (ANPUD) welcomes the decision of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to open a preliminary examination into the war on drugs in the Philippines.
Statement from ANPUD delivered by Rajiv Kafle, Project Coordinator for Harm Reduction in Asia project, Dec 18 -19, New Delhi, INDIA.