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UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health calls for government action on harm reduction in new Harm Reduction International report

09 February 2009

In 2008, Anand Grover was appointed as UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health . He has kindly contribued a Foreward to Harm Reduction International's most recent publication, 'Harm Reduction and Human Rights: The Global Response to Drug-Related HIV Epidemics' , which was released in January. In the Foreward (reprinted below), the… Read more

Harm Reduction International and Harm Reduction Networks call for INCB clarity on support for Harm Reduction

06 February 2009

Yesterday, Harm Reduction International in collaboration with harm reduction networks from around the world sent a joint letter to Hamid Ghodse, President on the International Narcotics Control Board , calling on Prof Ghodse to restate INCB's position on harm reduction. The letter came in repsonse to an intervention by a reprsentative of… Read more

UN Special Rapporteur on torture calls upon the Human Rights Council to take up the issue of drug policy

05 February 2009

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture , Professor Manfred Nowak , has called on UN member states to adopt a rights based approach to drug policies in his forthcoming report to the Human Rights Council . Recognising that the human rights and drug policy regimes in the UN have ‘ evolved practically detached’ from each other,… Read more

Members of US Congress call for policy coherence on harm reduction

29 January 2009

It has not gone unnoticed to many observers and participants in the ongoing UNGASS review of international drug policy, that despite President Obama’s stance on needle exchange , the US delegation in Vienna, inexplicably, continues to block any inclusion of harm reduction in the new political declaration. It may be force of habit. The US has… Read more

'I'm a Believer'...Singapore's use of the death penalty for drugs defended using faith-based evidence

21 January 2009

Yesterday, we saw the article below on the use of the death penalty for drugs in Singapore and thought it worth posting. It's hard to decide what's the most disturbing aspect of the piece. Is it that Singapore refuses to publish statistics on its use of the death penalty? Is it that the last time they did release figures (in 2004), they… Read more

Humane drug policies and ECAD’s World Mayors' Conference on Drugs

15 January 2009

On the 5th and 6th February, the city of Goteborg will host the 16th European Cities Against Drugs ‘World Mayors Conference’ . According to the conference programme, 'The aim of the Conference is to manifest its full support of the UN conventions ahead of the UN General Assembly Special Session on Drugs (UNGASS) in March 2009.' The event… Read more

UN Human Rights Experts call upon CND to support Harm Reduction

13 January 2009

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment – Professor Manfred Nowak – and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health – Mr Anand Grover – have written to the Chairperson… Read more

UN General Assembly again calls for a worldwide moratorium on the death penalty

05 January 2009

On 19 December, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution calling for a moratorium on the death penalty, with a view towards eventual abolition. The voting results are significantly stronger than they were in 2007, when a similar resolution was adopted for the first time . The 2008 resolution was adopted by 106 votes in… Read more

Statement from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on World AIDS Day

01 December 2008

Today's statement released by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to mark World AIDS Day notes the negative impact of discrimination, including against people who use drugs in the response to HIV/AIDS. The High Commissioner further noted that "marginalisation of and hostility against sexual minorities, sex workers, injecting… Read more

A nice quote on the human rights-based approach to health

26 November 2008

Here at HR2 were are often asked to explain what we mean when we talk about 'harm reduction and human rights'. Those with a public health background are sometimes unfamiliar with the value added when adopting a human rights-based approach to health. Those in human rights are often unfamiliar or uncomfortable with discussing harm reduction or… Read more

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