HRI calls on Members of Parliament to stand up for human rights, health, harm reduction and #10by20.
June 26 is the Support Don’t Punish Global Day of Action that will be marked this year by campaigners in over 130 cities. June 26 is also the UN Day in Support of Victims of Torture and – ironically – the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
While some governments will commemorate this date by holding public executions, HRI in collaboration with the All-Party Parliamentary Human Rights Group and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Abolition of the Death Penalty is organising an event: ‘Human Rights, the Death Penalty and International Drug Control: Avenues for UK action’ on 23 June in the House of Commons.
For HRI, it is yet another vital opportunity to highlight the funding crisis facing harm reduction, human rights abused experienced by millions worldwide and to promote our #10by20 campaign, which calls on governments to redirect 10% of the resources that they currently spend on the war on drugs to harm reduction.
HRI has produced a briefing for Members of Parliament (MPs), urging them to advocate for a new focus on harm reduction and standing up for human rights, health, and harm reduction. You can download the briefing here.
How can MPs help?
- Read our briefing to find out more about human rights, global health, funding for harm reduction and international drug control.
- Send a letter to the Secretary of State for International Development, Justine Greening and the Home Secretary, Theresa May and urge them to stand up for human rights, health and harm reduction in the UK and globally. A template letter can be found here - Template letter without our logo and Template letter with our logo.
- Publicly commit to advancing and supporting human rights, health and harm reduction by taking part in the Interactive Photo Project for the Support Don’t Punish Global Day of Action and endorsing #supportdontpunish and #10by20 on Twitter or Facebook. Please see sample tweets here.
- Change your social media profile picture in support of #10by20 and use memes (in English only) that we have created for your tweets and Facebook posts. You can download the memes (infographics) below and download the profile pictures and header pictures in the Resources area of this page.
- Spread the word about #10by20 and #supportdontpunish on social media. Please download our Social media resource pack for more ideas.