News and Announcements

Read the latest announcements and updates from HRI.

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

Harm Reduction International submission to the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights - Bulgaria PDF document

21 January 2019

This submission - compiled with the Centre for Humane Policy - assesses the compatibility of Bulgaria's drug policies and practices with its obligations under the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). It was submitted to the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights ahead of the Committee’s review of… Read more

Harm Reduction International Welcomes Malaysian Minister’s Call for Drug Law Reform

17 January 2019

Law Minister states that drug use should be treated as a health and not a criminal justice issue   LONDON (17 JANUARY) – At a meeting of the Malaysian cabinet on January 17, Law Minister Liew Vui Keong calle d for sections of the country’s Dangerous Drugs Act to be amended to ensure that drug use is no longer criminalised. Minister Vui… Read more

Overdose, HIV and hepatitis C crises surge as global harm reduction response stalls PDF document

10 December 2018

Major new report finds less than half of countries with injecting drug use implement services to prevent blood-borne viruses and drug-related death   Use of amphetamine-type stimulants reportedly increasing, yet countries failing to adapt harm reduction services LONDON (11 DECEMBER 2018) – The number of countries providing harm reduction… Read more

Harm Reduction International submissions to UN Universal Periodic Review - China and Malaysia PDF document

06 November 2018

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.  These submissions… Read more

Singapore becomes one of world’s top executioners for drug offences

29 October 2018

On Friday 26th October, Singapore executed two men for drug trafficking, bringing the total number of executions this year to nine. Our research indicates that all are for drug-related crimes, making Singapore one of the world’s top executioners for non-violent drug offences, along with Saudi Arabia and China.  Compared with the international… Read more

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