ANPUD has been in the forefront of advocating for the rights of people who use drugs in the region since its establishment in 2008. In the recent years punitive laws and policies targeted against PWUD has resulted in thousands of deaths and human rights abuses across the region. In the Philippines after President Rodrigo Duterte took office in June 2016, more than 20,000 people suspected of using or selling drugs have been killed in what is now been investigated by the International criminal court. ANPUD has condemned all such case of human rights violations and called for justice through various means and collaborations. ANPUD started a major campaign in June 2017 titled Stop Duterte Now that continues to be a cornerstone of our fight for justice.
This project mainly aims towards stopping the extra-judicial killings and bringing an end to the so-called ‘war on drugs’ in the region and Philippines in particular, by way of supporting ANPUD’s on-going advocacy efforts and strengthening the PWUD network in the Philippines.
This project will support our on-going advocacy effort by bringing in the voices of those affected through articles and videos that reflect the impact on the families of those killed. It will also support to develop a terminology guideline that aims to provide guidance to avoid stigmatizing languages and terms while reporting about people who use drugs. A wide range of community friendly and peer reviewed advocacy briefs ranging from topics such as Methamphetamine, Chemsex, Safety and security of PUD staff, Drug Checking, Urine testing, Opioid crisis and four pillars strategy will be developed, translated into local language and shared widely among our networks and members. The project will also support the establishment of national network of people who use drugs in the Philippines through collective support from national human rights groups, lawyers and CSOs working on advocating against the ‘war on drugs’ in Philippines.
As for the AIDS 2018 conference, our abstract on the Apple campaign (relating to the war on drugs in the Philippines) has been selected and awarded with partial scholarship. Moreover, a joint application by all the regional KP networks for an Asia-Pacific network zone has been accepted. ANPUD will actively engage in this networking zone – disseminating all our advocacy briefs, screening all our advocacy videos against the war on drugs in the Philippines, and taking video interviews of conference delegates in relation to the ongoing war on drugs.