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Women who use drugs, domestic violence and access to shelters PDF document

19 March 2013

HRI launched a new briefing paper on the issues of ‘Women who inject drugs and experience domestic violence and access to shelters’ at the side event on ‘preventing and eliminating the violence against women: drug policy reform as a way of violence elimination’ organised by Eurasian Harm Reduction Network on 12 March 2013 during the UN Commission… Read more

Harm Reduction International Statement on Women at the 17th Plenary Meeting - 20th session of the UN Human Rights Council

28 June 2012

(Agenda item 2 & 3 – General Discussion on the rights of women) Thank you Mr President, June 26 is the UN day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking. If previous years are anything to go by it would be marked by death sentences being passed in some of the thirty-two countries that retain the death penalty for drug offences. The… Read more

INCB’s Tortured Logic MP3 audio

03 April 2012

The following is a transcript from a Civil Society Dialogue with the President of the INCB, Hamid Ghodse, during the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs on 15 March 2012. For a commentary on the dialogue please see the article at Inter-Press Service titled, ‘Narcotics Watchdog Turns Blind Eye to Rights Abuses’ . Or click on the play button above to… Read more

Drug use and the child's right to health - submission to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

05 January 2012

HRI, Youth RISE and EHRN submission on drugs and the right to health to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child Read more

Head of UNODC announces senior advisory group on human rights

12 December 2011

In a speech delivered today to both the UN’s Commission on Narcotic Drugs and the Crime Commission, Yury Fedotov, the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime announced the creation of a new senior advisory team on human rights within UNODC. Read more

Women who use drugs, harm reduction and HIV

29 November 2011

The Global Coalition on Women and AIDS (GCWA), the International Network of Women who Use Drugs (INWUD), and the Women’s Harm Reduction International Network (WHRIN) are pleased to present a new… Read more

Malaysia - Corporal Punishment and Possibilities for Change

22 November 2011

Two weeks ago, on November 9th, Harm Reduction International launched a publication 'Inflicting Harm: Judicial Corporal Punishment for Drug and Alcohol Offences in Selected Countries', at the International Federation of Nongovernmental Organizations for the Prevention of Drug and Substance Abuse. The context could not have been more relevant… Read more

Dr. Podolyan's freedom: final court decision!

14 November 2011

From the International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine: November 8 2011, the Appeals Court of Odessa region finally acquitted Illia Podolian, narcologist of substitution therapy program, confirming the legality of the decision of the Kiev District Court in Odessa of 29.06.2011, which found that doctor Podolian had not committed 44 serious crimes… Read more

Iran Criticised for Imposing the Death Penalty for Drugs

19 October 2011

Iran faced heavy criticism for its capital drug laws and its ‘widespread application’ of the death penalty for narcotics offences. The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, submitted a report to the UN Human Rights Council this week in which he wrote: ‘[T]he Special… Read more

Harm Reduction International statement at the UN Human Rights Council - MDG 6 summit, Russia and harm reduction

27 September 2011

Eka Iakobishvilli, HRI's Human rights Analyst at the UN Human Rights council today calling for attention to injecting drug use and human rights at the forthcoming MDG 6 summit in Moscow Read more

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