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Fedotov’s Challenge

04 February 2011

Asian Harm Reduction Network News: Fedotov’s Challenge By Patrick Gallahue and Rick Lines When Yuri Fedotov was appointed to lead the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Secretary General emphasised the vast diplomatic experience he brings to the post. To do the job right, Mr. Fedotov is going to need it. The incoming… Read more

Review of Council Regulation (EC) No. 1236/2005 to include drugs used in the lethal injection protocol

06 January 2011

On 5 January 2011, a coalition of international non-governmental organisations (NGOs), wrote to the European Commission to urge them to review and amend Council Regulation (EC) No. 1236/2005, which controls the international trade in equipment that could be used for capital punishment, torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or… Read more

DrugScope media guide

03 December 2010

DrugScope has released a media guide that aims to introduce a touch of sobriety to drug coverage. As the guide states, without clear analysis from the media, it becomes all but impossible to promote evidence-based policies that aren’t riddled with anxiety and panic. The recent scare surrounding Mephedrone was a vivid illustration. Deaths… Read more

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

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

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

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