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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

Community-based opioid overdose prevention programmes providing naloxone in the United States

21 February 2012

Drug overdose death rates have increased steadily in the United States since 1979. In 2008, a total of 36,450 drug overdose deaths (i.e., unintentional, intentional [suicide or homicide], or undetermined intent) were reported, with prescription opioid analgesics (e.g., oxycodone, hydrocodone, and methadone), cocaine, and heroin the drugs most… Read more

Executing arrest warrants: Interpol, the UN and the death penalty

16 February 2012

We cannot have international policing without human rights oversight. HRI's Damon Barrett on Huffington Post UK Read more

The International AIDS Society (IAS) responds to the irresponsible closure of the Russian language website of the Andrey Rylkov Foundation and demands its reopening

09 February 2012

Given its long-standing interest in the HIV and AIDS epidemic in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA), the IAS expresses its profound concern towards the abrupt decision of the Federal Drug Control Service (FSKN) Moscow Department to close down the Russian language website of the Andrey Rylkov Foundation (ARF), a Russian public health… Read more

New EHRN publication presents how good overdose prevention programmes should look

09 February 2012

Eurasian Harm Reduction Network (EHRN) presents a new publication – A guide to developing and implementing overdose prevention programs prepared by Janna Ataiants and Dasha Ocheret (EHRN). This guide was developed in response to the growing need among service providers working with drug users in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia to… Read more

Stephen Lewis: Why Are World Leaders Turning Their Backs on Africa?

01 February 2012

Open Society Foundations : The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is the most important and effective financial facility addressing AIDS. It has saved and prolonged millions of lives. Yet at this precise moment when the global community should be doing all it can to support the Fund, it is under the most serious assault it has… Read more

New Appeal for Teen Drug Offender in Death Penalty Case

27 January 2012

The Online Citizen -- A Criminal Motion has been filed in the Court of Appeal today on behalf of Yong Vui Kong. The motion challenges the constitutionality of the prosecution’s decision to charge Vui Kong with a crime that attracts the mandatory death penalty while withdrawing previous charges made against Vui Kong’s ‘boss’, Chia Choon Leng.… Read more

Needle Exchanges Reduce Danger to Public

18 January 2012

Miami Herald - As he worked on his thesis in public health two years ago, University of Miami master’s degree candidate Hansel Tookes spent hundreds of hours with fellow students prowling Miami-Dade’s most notorious sites for illegal drug use. They were counting needles. At an abandoned condo site in downtown Miami, through a construction… Read more

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