This document demonstrates the outcomes, both the positives and the shortcomings, of Portugal’s model of decriminalisation. Importantly, it establishes that Portugal’s decriminalisation of people who use drugs is not – as is claimed – a full decriminalisation.
The deadline of the Concept Note + CV submission has been extended until 16th September 2018. Last month, ANPUD launched a regional level short films competition to celebrate 10 years of it’s journey.
The third cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the United Nations (UN) Member States began in 2017 and will go on until 2021. In this cycle, the 32nd session of the UPR Working Group in January-February 2019 will hold the review of both Vietnam and Cambodia. As part of the NGO reporting, the following joint submissions were made for both countries on 12 July 2018.
Our people have not only been killed by bullets, they have been killed by the wrong drug laws and policies, and they continue to be killed by the SILENCE of those who could have influenced to end these atrocities.
ANPUD launches a regional level short films competition to celebrate 10 years of its journey. The year 2018 marks the 10th anniversary of ANPUD. The film competition is first of its kind in the history of ANPUD.
Every year 26th June is a reminder of the fact that people who use drugs are universally criminalized, that our lives are regarded as less valuable, that our basic human rights are simply denied, that moral grounds still overrule scientific evidences and that the extrajudicial killings and perpetual suffering inflicted upon lives of people who use drugs have started to become a new normal. The war on drugs is an outright attack to the human rights. The war on drugs is a war on us.
ANPUD and IDPC led a joint petition that brought together 174 Community and Civil society organizations calling on the UN to take action in response to the killing of 130 people suspected of drug dealing by the Bangladeshi police.
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 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.