News and Announcements

Read the latest announcements and updates from HRI.

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

Harm Reduction International Condemns New Bangladesh Law Expanding Use of the Death Penalty for Drugs

29 October 2018

Parliament passes bills that bucks global trend toward abolition of the death penalty LONDON (29 OCTOBER) – Bangladesh’s parliament passed a bill on 27 October that expands use of the death penalty for drug offenses in the country. The Narcotics Control Act 2018, an update to the 1990 Act, now makes the manufacture and distribution of… Read more

Harm Reduction International appoints Naomi Burke-Shyne as executive director

30 July 2018

(LONDON 30 July) – Harm Reduction International (HRI) announced today the appointment of Naomi Burke-Shyne as its new executive director. She will take the position on 1 September 2018, replacing Dr Rick Lines who has served as executive director since 2010.   Naomi joined Harm Reduction International in October 2017 as deputy director and has… Read more

Donor funding for harm reduction drops one quarter in a decade, placing global HIV response under threat PDF document

23 July 2018

New research finds annual funding for harm reduction in low- and middle-income countries is 13% of the required amount to prevent HIV among people who inject drugs LONDON (23 July 2018) – Funding for harm reduction services in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) is in crisis, according to a new report from Harm Reduction International… Read more

Harm Reduction International Submission to UN Universal Periodic Review - Viet Nam PDF document

05 July 2018

The report was co-submitted with the International Drug Policy Consortium ( IDPC ) and the Asian Network of People who Use Drugs ( ANPUD ). It focuses specifically on the alignment of Viet Nam's drug policy with its human rights obligations.  Information is provided on: the death penalty for drug-related offences; the availability of quality,… Read more

Harm Reduction International Submissions to UN Human Rights Committee - Lao PDR PDF document

14 June 2018

This report, co-submitted with the World Coalition against the Death Penalty , assesses the compatibility of key drug control policies and practices pursued by Lao PDR with its obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), in particular: the death penalty for drug offences; and, arbitrary arrest and… Read more

Harm Reduction International Executive Director announces his departure

29 May 2018

After eleven years at Harm Reduction International, eight of them as Executive Director, I will be stepping down at the end of August. This year marks my 25th anniversary working in harm reduction.… Read more

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