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INCB’s Tortured Logic MP3 audio

03 April 2012

The following is a transcript from a Civil Society Dialogue with the President of the INCB, Hamid Ghodse, during the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs on 15 March 2012. For a commentary on the dialogue please see the article at Inter-Press Service titled, ‘Narcotics Watchdog Turns Blind Eye to Rights Abuses’ . Or click on the play button above to… Read more

Inaugural study reveals that more than one in four women in European and Central Asian prisons locked up for drug offences

11 March 2012

Embargoed 00.01 CET Monday 12th March 2012 Up to 70 percent of female prisoners incarcerated for drugs in some countries Russia incarcerates over twice as many women for drug offences as all… Read more

Russia: Government Shuts HIV-Prevention Group’s Website

08 February 2012

For Immediate Release Russia: Government Shuts HIV-Prevention Group’s Website Move is an Assault on Freedom of Expression (Moscow, February 8, 2012) – The Russian government’s anti-drugs… Read more

Drug use and the child's right to health - submission to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

05 January 2012

HRI, Youth RISE and EHRN submission on drugs and the right to health to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child Read more

Head of UNODC announces senior advisory group on human rights

12 December 2011

In a speech delivered today to both the UN’s Commission on Narcotic Drugs and the Crime Commission, Yury Fedotov, the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime announced the creation of a new senior advisory team on human rights within UNODC. Read more

Malaysia - Corporal Punishment and Possibilities for Change

22 November 2011

Two weeks ago, on November 9th, Harm Reduction International launched a publication 'Inflicting Harm: Judicial Corporal Punishment for Drug and Alcohol Offences in Selected Countries', at the International Federation of Nongovernmental Organizations for the Prevention of Drug and Substance Abuse. The context could not have been more relevant… Read more

Dr. Podolyan's freedom: final court decision!

14 November 2011

From the International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine: November 8 2011, the Appeals Court of Odessa region finally acquitted Illia Podolian, narcologist of substitution therapy program, confirming the legality of the decision of the Kiev District Court in Odessa of 29.06.2011, which found that doctor Podolian had not committed 44 serious crimes… Read more

New Report: Thousands caned, whipped, lashed or flogged each year for drug and alcohol offences

08 November 2011

Embargoed until 12:01am GMT +8, Wednesday, November 9, 2011 Thousands caned, whipped, lashed or flogged each year for drug and alcohol offences, says new report Governments cannot ‘brutalise… Read more

Iran Criticised for Imposing the Death Penalty for Drugs

19 October 2011

Iran faced heavy criticism for its capital drug laws and its ‘widespread application’ of the death penalty for narcotics offences. The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, submitted a report to the UN Human Rights Council this week in which he wrote: ‘[T]he Special… Read more

Harm Reduction International statement at the UN Human Rights Council - MDG 6 summit, Russia and harm reduction

27 September 2011

Eka Iakobishvilli, HRI's Human rights Analyst at the UN Human Rights council today calling for attention to injecting drug use and human rights at the forthcoming MDG 6 summit in Moscow Read more

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