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Harm Reduction International is thrilled to be holding our HR21 conference in Melbourne

18 February 2020

Harm Reduction International is thrilled to be holding HR21 in Melbourne, Australia, at the Melbourne Conference and Exhibition Centre on 1-4 December 2021. We would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we will meet, and pay respects to the five tribes of the Kulin Nation. We pay respects to the Elders of the… Read more

Over 100 human rights groups urge the UN to intervene to stop executions of drug offenders in Bahrain PDF document

03 February 2020

Harm Reduction International, the International Drug Policy Consortium and the International Network of People Who Use Drugs published open letters today calling on the United Nations’ major human rights and drug control bodies to take all necessary actions to prevent the executions of two individuals convicted of drug trafficking in Bahrain.… Read more

International Network of People who Use Drugs (INPUD) and Harm Reduction International (HRI) Joint Statement Agenda item 1.4, Report by the NGO representative 45th UNAIDS Programme Committee Board PDF document

12 December 2019

The International Network of People who Use Drugs and Harm Reduction International welcome the NGO Representative report focused on Universal Health Coverage. We fully support decision point 4.6 calling on the UNAIDS Joint Programme to continue supporting Member States in ensuring all elements of comprehensive HIV programming – such as harm… Read more

We’re not there just yet: A joint statement on harm reduction and the Global Fund Sixth Replenishment PDF document

16 October 2019

History was made last week in Lyon, when governments, philanthropic donors and the private sector pledged US$14 billion for the Sixth Global Fund Replenishment, more than any other global health institution has ever raised. Harm Reduction International, Eurasian Harm Reduction Association, International Network of People Who Use Drugs and the… Read more

Harm Reduction International Condemns Porto Mayor’s Support for Reintroducing Criminal Penalties for Drug Use in Public Spaces

10 October 2019

Comments by Porto’s mayor represent step back in Portugal’s drug policy, risking decades of progress in public health Read more

Over 100 human rights groups urge UN to demand Sri Lanka halt executions of drug offenders PDF document

27 June 2019

Open letters to top drug control bodies follow Sri Lankan president’s signing of execution warrants for four people  LONDON [27 JUNE 2019] – Harm Reduction International and almost 120 human rights organisations from around the world – including Amnesty International and the International Commission of Jurists – published open letters today… Read more

Harm Reduction International Statement on the Death Penalty - CND 2019

24 March 2019

Harm Reduction International calls upon Member States at the Commission on Narcotic Drugs to express their opposition to the death penalty for drug offences, and urges all states applying the death penalty to immediately halt executions, commute death sentences, and abolish the death penalty for drug-related offences as a first step towards full… 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

Call for Tenders: Harm Reduction International Conference 2021 (HR21)

23 January 2019

THE HR21 CALL FOR TENDERS IS NOW CLOSED. THE 2021 CONFERENCE HOST WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT THE END OF 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… 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

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