Statement from ANPUD delivered by Rajiv Kafle, Project Coordinator for Harm Reduction in Asia project, Dec 18 -19, New Delhi, INDIA.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Every year, today we commemorate a friend, partner or family member who had passed away as a result of overdose to raise awareness that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable.
WHO Western Pacific Regional Office invited ANPUD in the capacity of temporary advisor to its biennial National HIV, Hepatitis and STI Programme Managers Meeting for Selected Asian and Pacific Countries from 27-30 June 2017 in Manila, Philippines. Mr. Rajiv Kafle, ANPUD’s regional secretariat, delivered the statement on behalf of ANPUD in the meeting.
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.
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.