Briefings and submissions

48th Session of the Human Rights Council: HRI Oral Statement on Sri Lanka Word document (DOCX)

14 September 2021

Oral Statement Item 2: General Debate on High Commissioner Oral Update on Sri Lanka UN Human Rights Council Forty-eight Session 13 September – 8 October 2021  Madam President, I speak on behalf of fourteen organisations. We reiterate the broad range of serious human rights concerns in Sri Lanka highlighted by the High Commissioner. In… Read more

47th Human Rights Council Oral Statement PDF document

02 July 2021

Hundreds of thousands of people are detained, today, in private or public drug rehabilitation facilities - some in application of sanctions, some after being coerced, others under the false pretence of consent. As denounced by the Working Group, detainees often undergo non-evidence based treatment centred around violence, humiliation, and abuse;… Read more

47th Session of the UN Human Rights Council: Drug Policy Highlights PDF document

14 June 2021

The 47th Session of the Human Rights Council, held between 21 June and 15 July 2021, presents multiple opportunities for assessing the human rights impacts of drug control policies worldwide, and discussing pathways for reform. Here are some key sessions and events where drug policy will be addressed, and suggestions for recommendations and… Read more

Human Rights Council - Written Statement on Violations of the Right to Life in the Context of Drug Policies Word document (DOCX)

02 June 2021

Harm Reduction International and co-signatories congratulate Mr Tidball-Binz on his appointment as Special Rapporteur on summary executions. With this statement, we highlight key violations of the right to life enabled by repressive drug policies or reported in the context of drug law enforcement; and encourage this Rapporteur to pay specific… Read more

Submission to the Special Rapporteur on Torture on Accountability for Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment PDF document

14 May 2021

Harm Reduction International (HRI) and Conectas Human Rights welcome the opportunity of contributing to the Special Rapporteur’s report on accountability for torture and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment (hereinafter: torture and ill-treatment). This submission focuses on torture and ill-treatment committed in application… Read more

Submission to the Runnymede Trust: CERD 2021 Call for Evidence PDF document

08 March 2021

HRI and Release develop this submission in response to the Runnymede Trust's call for evidence regarding the Government's implementation of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) Drug law enforcement disproportionately targets ethnic minority communities, including people of African and Asian… Read more

The impact of a multi- country harm reduction advocacy grant in South-East Asia PDF document

11 February 2021

This briefing compiles evidence of the impact of the multi-country grant Harm Reduction Advocacy in Asia (HRAsia), funded by the Global Fund’s Catalytic Investments between 2017- 2020. It also… Read more

Report to OHCHR on “human rights in the administration of justice”, pursuant to Resolution 42/11 PDF document

11 January 2021

Harm Reduction International (HRI) and the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC) welcome the opportunity to submit information to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights for the preparation of its report under Human Rights Council Resolution 42/11 on human rights in the administration of justice. This submission addresses… Read more

Submission to the United Nations Human Rights Committee ahead of the third periodic review of Nepal (adoption of List Of Issues Prior to Reporting) PDF document

04 January 2021

Submission to the United Nations Human Rights Committee ahead of the third periodic review of Nepal (adoption of List Of Issues Prior to Reporting) 131st Session (1 – 26 March 2021) Read more

Submission to the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights ahead of Lithuania’s Periodic Review PDF document

18 December 2020

Submitted by Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA), Harm Reduction International (HRI), the Association of Women Affected by HIV/AIDS and Their Family Members “Demetra”, Coalition “I Can Live”, Support Foundation “Rigra” and youth-led NGO “Young Wave”. Read more

Submission to OHCHR on the protection of the human rights and fundamental freedoms of people of African descent PDF document

04 December 2020

HRI and Release make this submission to OHCHR on the “Promotion and protection of the human rights and fundamental freedoms of Africans and of people of African descent against excessive use of force and other human rights violations by law enforcement officers”, pursuant to Human Rights Council Resolution 43/1 Read more

Submission to the Human Rights Committee - Iran PDF document

05 June 2020

Abdorrahman Boroumand Center and Harm Reduction International report to the Human Rights Committee ahead of its review of Iran, focusing on the death penalty, compulsory drug detention and rehabilitation centres and cruel, inhuman, and degrading punishments for drug offences. Read more

Submission to the Human Rights Committee - Indonesia PDF document

01 June 2020

Harm Reduction International, the Institute for Criminal Justice Reform (ICJR) and LBH Masyarakat report to the Human Rights Committee ahead of its review of Indonesia, focusing on the death penalty, compulsory treatment and extrajudicial killings. Read more

Report to the UN Secretary-General on moratorium on the use of the death penalty PDF document

14 April 2020

HRI submission to the UN Secretary General on crucial issues and developments concerning the use of the death penalty. HRI urges the Secretary-General to continue prioritising this issue and reaffirms the call for a moratorium on the death penalty, as a step towards its definitive abolition worldwide. Read more

Report to the UN Secretary-General on the Death Penalty PDF document

03 April 2020

Harm Reduction International calls for the UN Secretary-General to continue prioritising the death penalty and reaffirm the call for a moratorium on the death penalty, as a step towards its definitive abolition worldwide. Read more

Submissions to the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention PDF document

03 April 2020

Harm Reduction International and partners made submissions to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention to support its study on arbitrary detention relating to drug policies, pursuant to Human Rights Council Resolution 42/22, specifically: - together with LBH Masyarakat and the Institute of Criminal Justice Reform, a submission on arbitrary… Read more

Islamic Republic of Iran - Joint stakeholder submission to the Working Group for The Universal Periodic Review Third cycle 34th Session – November 2019 PDF document

28 March 2020

The Abdorrahman Boroumand Center for Human Rights in Iran (ABC) and Harm Reduction International (HRI) welcome the opportunity of reporting to the Working Group for the Universal Periodic Review on the implementation of some key recommendations accepted by Iran in 2014, during its second Cycle of Universal Periodic Review (UPR). This submission… Read more

Harm Reduction International statements on drug policy and human rights to the 43rd session of the UN Human Rights Council PDF document

03 February 2020

Ahead of the 43rd Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (24 February – 20 March 2020), Harm Reduction International submitted two statements providing updated information and analysis of human rights violations committed in the context of drug control around the world, focusing on: Violations of human rights in Iran (the death… Read more

Submission to the Committee on Elimination of Discrimination Against Women - South Africa PDF document

20 January 2020

HRI welcomes the opportunity to submit information to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) ahead of its review of the periodic report of South Africa and the adoption of the List of Issues Prior to Reporting at its 77th Session (2-6 March 2020). This submission considers the rights of women who use drugs, by… Read more

Submission to the United Nations Human Rights Committee ahead of the fifth periodic review of the Philippines (adoption of List of Issues) PDF document

13 January 2020

This submission will assess the impact of the Philippines’ drug policy on the enjoyment of civil and political rights, with a focus on developments since the intensification of the anti-drug campaign in July 2016; and provide suggestions for issues to be raised with the government of the Philippines. Read more

Submission to the United Nations Human Rights Committee ahead of the eighth periodic review of the United Kingdom of Northern Ireland and Great Britain PDF document

04 January 2020

Release and Harm Reduction International welcome the opportunity to submit information to the Human Rights Committee ahead of its adoption of the List of Issues Prior to Reporting (LOIPR) for the review of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the “United Kingdom”). This submission will provide a brief overview and… Read more

Submission to the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights – Italy PDF document

06 December 2019

Forum Droghe, LILA, La Società della Ragione, ITANPUD and Harm Reduction International (HRI) welcome the opportunity to submit information to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) ahead of its review of the periodic report of Italy and the adoption of the List of Issues Prior to Reporting at its 66th session (9th-13th… Read more

Written comments on the draft Guidelines on the right to adequate housing PDF document

26 November 2019

Written comments for the Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing on the draft Guidelines for the implementation of the right to adequate housing. Read more

Submission to the United Nations Human Rights Committee ahead of Mexico’s sixth periodic review PDF document

16 September 2019

MUCD, Equis and HRI welcome the opportunity to report to the Human Rights Committee ahead of its sixth periodic review of Mexico, at its 127th session. This briefing provides information on Mexico’s compliance with its human rights obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), with a focus on the country’s… Read more

Report to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime on the “Tenth survey on capital punishment and on the implementation of the safeguards guaranteeing protection of the rights of those facing the death penalty, covering the period 2014-2018" PDF document

13 September 2019

Harm Reduction International welcomes the opportunity to comment on crucial issues and developments concerning the use of the death penalty, and urges UNODC to prioritise this issue. We further reaffirm the call for a moratorium on the death penalty, as a step towards its definitive abolition worldwide. This submission will provide information… Read more

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