Briefings and submissions

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

Network of Networks: Coherence Not Denial PDF document

11 March 2009

The ‘Network of Networks’ – an informal coalition of harm reduction networks from around the world – came together to create this brochure for the High-Level Segment of the 52nd Session of the UN… Read more

Ten Reasons Why the Human Rights Council Must Address Drug Policy PDF document

10 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 Human Rights Council – and the UN… Read more

Harm Reduction Policy and Practice Worldwide PDF document

18 February 2009

In February 2009, Harm Reduction International produced a table which outlines harm reduction policy and practice worldwide. In this table, the information previously gathered for the Global State… Read more

Network of Networks: Resourcing Harm Reduction on a Global Basis PDF document

28 January 2009

The ‘Network of Networks’ – an informal coalition of harm reduction networks from around the world – came together to create this brochure for a meeting of key harm reduction donor organisations in… Read more

Harm Reduction International submission on harm reduction to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

25 November 2008

Last weeek, Harm Reduction International’s HR2 programme made a submission to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. The submission – entitled ‘Harm Reduction and Human Rights: The Global Response to Injection-Driven HIV Epidemics’ – was prepared following a call by the High Commissioner’s office for input in preparing a… Read more

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