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HRI Seeks Media Consultant for HR21 PDF document

05 November 2020

HRI is seeking an experienced Media Consultant to work on the Harm Reduction International Conference 2021 (HR21). You can read about the consultancy and find out how to apply by downloading the Invitation to Submit a Tender here . Read more

HR21 Theme Announced

24 September 2020

STRENGTH IN SOLIDARITY We are extremely excited to reveal that the theme for HR21 is Strength in Solidarity. Reflecting our commitment to an inclusive and intersectional harm reduction community, Strength in Solidarity is a call to action. Harm Reduction International calls upon our friends and allies to stand together, to act together and to… Read more

Call to uphold the rights of people who use drugs and harm reduction in the new UNAIDS Strategy PDF document

04 September 2020

Ahead of the UNAIDS Multi-Stakeholder Consultation on 16 September, 33 civil society and community-led organisations working on drug policy and harm reduction are urging the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (UNAIDS PCB) to uphold the rights of people who use drugs and harm reduction in the new UNAIDS Strategy. This letter includes six key… Read more

Briefing - Summary of the Report of High Commissioner for Human Rights on the Philippines PDF document

26 June 2020

In July 2019, the Human Rights Council requested the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to prepare a report on the situation of human rights in the Philippines. This briefing summarises the report of the High Commissioner, which details a wide range of human rights violations and widespread impunity. Read more

Drug Offences and the Death Penalty in Malaysia - Briefing Papers PDF document

05 June 2020

Monash University, in partnership with ADPAN and HRI, undertook a research to reveal the significant fair trial issues for more than 1,000 people on death row in Malaysia. These three briefing papers highlight key issues. Read more

Drug Offences and the Death Penalty in Malaysia: Fair Trial Rights and Ramifications PDF document

29 May 2020

Research reveals significant fair trial issues for more than 1,000 people on death row in Malaysia - including a reversal of the presumption of innocence in drug trials and significant barriers to… Read more

Safeguarding funding for harm reduction during COVID-19 PDF document

12 May 2020

Harm Reduction International and INPUD urge international donors, philanthropic organisations and national governments to safeguard funding for harm reduction during COVID-19. In advance of the Global Fund Board Meeting on 14 and 15 May 2020, we urge the Global Fund to ensure that COVID-19 emergency funding is directed to, and serves the most… Read more

Urgent call to protect the health and human rights of people who use drugs during COVID-19 PDF document

07 April 2020

In a joint statement released today, the International Network of People Who use Drugs, the International Drug Policy Consortium, Harm Reduction International, and over 300 organisations and individuals from all over the world, warn that punishment-led drug policies are compounding the health, economic and social impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.… Read more

Call to action COVID-19 - Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health PDF document

31 March 2020

The COVID-19 emergency poses unprecedented challenges, creating new vulnerabilities and exacerbating existing ones. In this context, people who use drugs have unique needs and face unique risks due to criminalisation, stigma, underlying health issues, social marginalisation and higher economic and social vulnerabilities, including a lack of… Read more

Harm Reduction International Statement, CND 2020

05 March 2020

Thank you Chair for the opportunity to make this intervention on behalf of Harm Reduction International. In the 2019 Ministerial Declaration, Member States noted with concern that the rate of transmission of HIV, HCV and other blood borne diseases associated with drug use remains high in many countries, and resolved to strengthen initiatives and… Read more

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