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World AIDS Day 2010

30 November 2010

Injecting drug use and growing HIV/AIDS epidemic in Middle East and North Africa region to be focus of the International Harm Reduction conference taking place in Beirut, Lebanon April 3-7, 2011 Over 1000 researchers, activists, social workers and politicians from some 80 countries to attend the International Harm Reduction Association’s 22nd… Read more

International Narcotics Control Board to address corruption and illicit drug markets

05 November 2010

In 2011, in a report that will mark the 50th anniversary of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, the International Narcotics Control Board will address corruption and illicit drug markets. It will be very interesting to see whether the Board has the “independence” and “impartiality” to be able to acknowledge the role of the… Read more

United Nations Rules for the Treatment of Women Prisoners and Non-custodial Measures for Women Offenders (the Bangkok Rules)

04 November 2010

United Nations Rules for the Treatment of Women Prisoners and Non-custodial Measures for Women Offenders (the Bangkok Rules) have been approved by the Third Committee of the General Assembly at its… Read more

Joint Cambodian NGO Report on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

01 November 2010

Presented to the UN Committee Against Torture (CAT) prior to Cambodia’s second periodic report at the 45th session of CAT, held in Geneva from 1 to 19 November 2010. Jointly prepared by Cambodian… Read more

Blame and Banishment: The underground HIV epidemic affecting children in Eastern European and Central Asia

27 October 2010

‘Blame and Banishment’ highlights the issues faced by the more than 1 million children and young people who live or work on the streets of the region, as well as adolescents engaged in risky… Read more

New Gambian Law is a Human Rights Violation

07 October 2010

It appears Gambia has joined the thirty-two countries or areas that have laws prescribing the death penalty for drug offences in violation of international human rights law. On Monday, the National Assembly approved an amendment that would impose a death sentence on anyone convicted of possessing more than 250 grams of cocaine or heroin. As… Read more

The Death Penalty and the Australian Federal Police

16 September 2010

Police chiefs haunted by the Bali Nine case provided testimony today that we can only hope will spare the life of young Australian Scott Rush, who has languished in an Indonesian prison for the past five years for allegedly acting as a low level drug courier. As the testimony showed , the death sentences of Rush and his co-defendants have… Read more

President of Timor-Leste steps out of bounds on human rights

15 September 2010

In a very disturbing set of comments, Timor-Leste President Jose Ramos Horta – co-recipient of the Nobel Peace prize in 1996 – is threatening to deport accused drug offenders to death penalty countries where they would face execution. The comments raise numerous questions, some of them procedural and many political – especially since a… Read more

New UNODC Executive Director pledges to emphasise health and human rights

13 September 2010

Harm Reduction International welcomes the tone set by Mr Fedotov's opening statements Read more

IHRA’s Response to Observer Piece by UNODC's Executive Director

06 September 2010

Outgoing UNODC Executive Director penned an op-ed in Sunday’s Observer (UK) about the drug decriminalisation debate. The piece featured some promising language - health, security, human rights, and regulation – but the meaning of these terms seems to have been lost. Based on previous documents from Mr Costa, they are certainly better understood… Read more

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