Briefings and submissions

HRI's Intervention at the Sixtieth Session of the Committee on Narcotic Drugs

15 March 2017

The following intervention was made by Harm Reduction International at the Sixtieth Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna. "Thank you to the Chair for the opportunity to make this intervention on behalf of Harm Reduction International. Paragraph 1 of the UNGASS outcomes document commits to minimising the adverse health and… Read more

UN agencies must use CND to push for post-UNGASS harm reduction targets PDF document

07 October 2016

Harm Reduction International is urging governments and UN agencies attending the upcoming intersessional meetings at CND, called to discuss the implementation of the UNGASS on Drugs outcome document, to push for targets which will turn the outcomes into real progress on harm reduction and the human rights of people who use drugs. Our short… Read more

Left behind? A call to fund harm reduction and end AIDS among people who use drugs - HRI at the International AIDS Conference 2016 PDF document

08 July 2016

Harm Reduction International is at the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, 18th-22nd July 2016. The message we bring to the conference is simple: in spite of the commitment  to 'leave no-one behind' in the global response to HIV/AIDS, people who use drugs are at serious risk of being left behind. This is thanks to a deadly… Read more

HRI makes three submissions to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) PDF document

21 May 2015

HRI makes three submissions to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to feed into a report on the impact of drugs and drug control on human rights which will feed into the 2016 UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on drugs, due to be held in 2016. The first submission was on behalf of a coalition of harm reduction… Read more

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: A low cost, high-impact set of interventions PDF document

02 October 2012

Harm reduction is one of the most rigorously evaluated and best proven public health interventions. A growing body of literature demonstrates the cost of the failure to act and attests to the cost… 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

Advocating for Needle and Syringe Exchange Programmes in Prisons briefing

09 May 2012

Harm Reduction International is pleased to present the first of a new series of Evidence and Advocacy briefings entitled ‘Advocating for Needle and Syringe Exchange Programmes in Prisons’. This… 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

Joint statement against the death penalty at the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs

24 March 2011

Joint statement against the death penalty for drug offences delivered by Harm Reduction International's Eka Iakobishvili at the 54th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs. It was delivered on behalf of Read more

Joint Statement Delivered to African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights

25 November 2010

Harm Reduction International signed a joint statement with a group of NGOs, raising objections to the Gambian National Assembly’s introduction of the death penalty for drug offences. The statement was delivered at the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights 48th Ordinary Session in Banjul. Harm Reduction International co-signed the… Read more

Thematic Briefings on Human Rights and Drug Policy (English, Russian, Chinese, Spanish)

26 October 2010

These briefing papers are intended to provide a basic overview of some of the core human rights issues related to drug control efforts and to show how they interconnect, and to spark a discussion of… Read more

Права человека и политика в области наркотиков

26 October 2010

Все чаще контролирующие правозащитные органы, механизмы и НПО обращают внимание на стратегии в области наркотиков и их влияние на гарантии защиты прав человека, но это редко происходит согласованно… Read more

Harm Reduction International releases new briefing on the death penalty for drug offences

22 October 2010

Harm Reduction International has released a new briefing written in partnership with Human Rights Watch and Penal Reform International entitled 'The Death Penalty for Drug Offences and International… Read more

Global State of Harm Reduction 2010 - At a Glance

14 September 2010

Global State of Harm Reduction 2010 at a glance provides an overview of Harm Reduction International’s second major report in the Global State of Harm Reduction series, in a leaflet and poster… Read more

What is harm reduction?

11 May 2010

What is Harm Reduction? Arabic What is Harm Reduction? Czech What is Harm Reduction? English What is Harm Reduction? French What is Harm Reduction? German What is Harm… Read more

Harm Reduction International Submission on Mauritius to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights PDF document

29 April 2010

Harm Reduction International Submission on Mauritius to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Read more

HCV Briefing Paper PDF document

17 March 2010

Hepatitis C (HCV) is the most common blood-borne virus among people who inject drugs. In some parts of the world, over 90% of people who inject drugs are living with hepatitis C. The liver cirrhosis… Read more

Drugs, Punitive Laws, Policies, Policing Practices, and HIV/AIDS PDF document

01 December 2009

To mark World AIDS Day 2009, Harm Reduction International and Human Rights Watch have issued a joint briefing note which urges governments worldwide to to reform punitive drug laws, disproportionate… Read more

Addicted to News: A Guide to Responsible Reporting on Opioid Dependence and its Treatment PDF document

15 September 2009

Harm Reduction International – in partnership with the European Opiate Treatment Association, the South Eastern European Adriatic Addiction Treatment Network and Schering-Plough – have created a set… Read more

The Global State of Harm Reduction

20 April 2009

To mark the opening of their 20th international conference in Thailand, Harm Reduction International has released a two-page summary of the global state of harm reduction. The document is a summary… Read more

Drugs, Harm Reduction and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child PDF document

20 April 2009

Youth RISE and Harm Reduction International asked youth researchers from every region of the world to tell us about the situation for young people who use drugs in their countries. Of course, every… Read more

Ten Ways Drug Policy Affects Human Rights PDF document

16 March 2009

This fact sheet – one of three launched by Harm Reduction International, Human Rights Watch and the Open Society Institute – describes ten main ways that the international drug control policies agreed at the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) have a profound impact on the human rights of people who use drugs. The fact sheet concludes that… Read more

Ten Reasons Why Human Rights is an Issue for the CND PDF document

16 March 2009

This fact sheet – one of three launched by Harm Reduction International, Human Rights Watch and the Open Society Institute – describes ten main reasons why the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND)… Read more

Ten Reasons Why Access to Controlled Medicines is an Issue for CND PDF document

16 March 2009

This fact sheet – one of three launched by Harm Reduction International, Human Rights Watch and the Open Society Institute – describes ten main reasons why the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND)… Read more

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