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Making the Universal Periodic Review work for people who use drugs PDF document

09 May 2019

People who use drugs have human rights and fundamental freedoms, which countries must respect, protect and promote, both nationally and internationally. Yet, human rights and drug control have existed in parallel universes for decades, and drug policies receive little scrutiny from human rights mechanisms. The 'Making the Universal Periodic… Read more

Harm Reduction International submission OHCHR on forms of violence on death row PDF document

18 April 2019

Individuals on death row retain their fundamental rights, and must be granted the same protection and conditions as the general prison population. Despite this, individuals on death row are at a heightened risk of physical and psychological violence. This includes: torture and cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment; sexual violence; severe… Read more

Joint submission to OHCHR on human rights in the administration of justice, in particular on violence, death and serious injury in situations of deprivation of liberty PDF document

18 April 2019

The criminalisation of drug use and drug possession for personal use, in the context of repressive drug policies, leads to the arbitrary detention of people who use drugs, and to forced detention and treatment. There are credible and systematic reports of violence and human rights violations committed in criminal and administrative detention… Read more

Harm Reduction International submission to UN Universal Periodic Review - Egypt PDF document

28 March 2019

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process of peer review of the human rights performance of States. The overall human rights situation of each of United Nations's 193 members is assessed every five years, under the auspices of the Human Rights Council. This review includes information received from civil society. This submission… Read more

Harm Reduction International submission to the UN Secretary General on the question of the death penalty PDF document

28 March 2019

This submission is made to the United Nations Secretary-General on the question of the death penalty pursuant to resolution 36/17 , adopted by the Human Rights Council in September 2017.  Harm Reduction International urges the Secretary-General to continue prioritising the death penalty, and reaffirms the call for a moratorium on the death… Read more

Harm Reduction Group Submission to the UK the Health and Social Care Committee Inquiry on Drugs Policy PDF document

18 March 2019

This response to the United Kingdom's  Health and Social Care Committee Inquiry on Drugs , looks at the shortfalls of the UK government's current approach to harm reduction, drug treatment and drug policy.  The submission was made by the Harm Reduction Group, which is comprised of Release, Harm Reduction International, DrugScience, SMMGP, the… Read more

Executions for drug offences globally fall nearly 90% in three years, as move toward death penalty abolition gathers pace

26 February 2019

New report finds Saudi Arabia to be top executioner for drug offences in 2018, while state secrecy in China clouds official figures LONDON (26 FEBRUARY 2019) – The number of known annual executions for drug offences fell from 755 to 91 between 2015 and 2018, according to new data released today by Harm Reduction International (HRI). Nearly 40%… Read more

Harm Reduction International Submissions to UN Human Rights Committee - Viet Nam PDF document

31 January 2019

This report, co-submitted with the World Coalition against the Death Penalty , assesses the compatibility Viet Nam's drug control policies with its obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), in particular: its use of the death penalty for drug offences; and, the compulsory treatment of people who use… Read more

Harm Reduction International Joint Briefing on Global Fund Catalytic Investments for Harm Reduction PDF document

25 January 2019

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is the largest donor for harm reduction in low and middle countries (LMICs), providing two-thirds of all international donor support. In May 2019, the Global Fund Board will approve the 2020-2022 allocation methodology and catalytic investment priorities, ahead of replenishment for the… Read more

Call for Tenders: Harm Reduction International Conference 2021 (HR21)

23 January 2019

Harm Reduction International is currently accepting tenders from capable, local partners with the capacity and enthusiasm to co-host the next Harm Reduction International Conference, to be held in April/May/June of 2021. The Harm Reduction International Conference began in 1990 in Liverpool, England. The city was one of the first to open needle… Read more

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