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 10 Advocacy Briefing Papers are the publications of the Asian Network of People who Use Drugs (ANPUD). The papers were launched during the International AIDS Conference 2018 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. These papers cover a wide range of issues/topics pertaining to people who use drugs in the Asian region – that are emerging or in some cases not yet part of any discourse. Therefore, we have named the bundle of publications as – “Thinking Ahead of the Curve”. Through it, we are inviting our members and stakeholders to support and focus advocacy efforts towards the issues identified in the advocacy briefing papers.
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.
INPUD – alongside numerous other drug user networks and harm reduction organisations – have written to the Responsible Alderman for Health Care (Wethouder) Ms. Kukenheim, emphasising we are deeply concerned by the decision of International AIDS Society (IAS) and the Public Health Service of Amsterdam (GGD, Amsterdam) to exclude naloxone as a component of harm reduction services at AIDS 2018.
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.
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
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.
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