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Another Victory Against Death Penalty at the United Nations

24 November 2008

On Friday, the Third Committee of the General Assembly of the United Nations voted a resolution calling for a moratorium on capital punishment. Readers of the blog will recall the successful adoption of such a resolution last year , for the first time. This year the result was stronger than last, proof of the continuing trend towards total… Read more

Compulsory Drug Treatment in Vietnam: Interview with a drug user who was sent to a drug treatment centre of Hanoi

03 November 2008

The BBC service in Vietnam recently broadcast an interview with a person who uses drugs who was detained in a 'compulsory rehabilitation centre' in the country. The interview provides a first hand account of the abuses currently taking place in Vietnam in the guise of 'drug treatment'. Vietnam holds between 50-75,000 drug users in… Read more

The right to health: health and human rights from the United Nations perspective

27 October 2008

On the 16th October the UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Kyung Wha Kang , delivered an excellent speech on the right to health at the World Medical Association General Assembly. Though it does not mention drug use or injection driven HIV specifically, it is clearly relevant to harm reduction, the rights of people who use drugs,… Read more

ACT UP Philadelphia to hold 'The Thousand Palin March for More AIDS'

10 October 2008

Unfortunately no one from HR2 will be able to get to Philadephia this Saturday. But that's no reason not to take the opportunity to highlight a march organised by ACT UP Philadelphia to coincide with a visit of Alaskan Governor and Republican Vice Presidential candidate, Sarah Palin, to the city. Besides the poster is so good we couldn't… Read more

Overcoming the 'Stockholm Syndrome' pt 4: 'A comprehensive care system'

30 September 2008

Our reports on the World Forum Against Drugs meeting in Stockholm in September have to date focused on some of the more outrageous statements or documents that emerged from the conference. Within the speeches and presentations, however, there were occasional examples of more comprehensive and measured approaches. Of note is the speech… Read more

Overcoming the ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ pt. 3: 65 words on human rights...

29 September 2008

…and that includes the title! The detailed human rights analysis you can see on the left was written by David Evans, Esq. as part of a report entitled 'In Support of the UN Drug Conventions: The Arguments Against Illicit Drug Legalization and Harm Reduction – A Critical Analysis'. This report was included in the conference pack at the World… Read more

Why Russia says no to Methadone

26 September 2008

From Drug Reporter , the drug policy website of the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union By Peter Sorosi The HCLU video advocacy team attended the Second Eastern Europe and Central Asia AIDS Conference (EECAAC) in Moscow, 3-5 May, 2008. Our main priority was to interview narcologists (addiction specialist doctors) and create a short advocacy movie… Read more

Overcoming the 'Stockholm Syndrome', pt. 2 - Oh My Ghodse!

24 September 2008

Here at HR2, we are still sifting through the various speeches and statements from the World Forum Against Drugs , held in Stockholm earlier this month. Today we came across the speech of Hamid Ghodse, President of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) . After passing a copy of the speech around the office, we decided we just… Read more

Overcoming the 'Stockholm Syndrome': Five questions for the World Forum Against Drugs

14 September 2008

There was a big party in Stockholm last week to which neither we, nor many of our friends, were invited. It was titled the World Forum Against Drugs (WFAD). Actually we’re not surprised we weren’t invited, as it was mostly only those soldiers marching in lock step with the ‘war on drugs’ who were included in the conference programme. In… Read more

Commentaries to all of the UN Drug Conventions now available online

28 August 2008

Harm Reduction International recently received digital copies of the Official Commentaries on the 1961, 1971 and 1988 UN Drug Conventions, as well as the Commentary to the 1972 Protocol amending the 1961 Convention, from the Legal and Treaty Affairs team at UNODC. These four volumes, each several hundred pages in length, are the official… Read more

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