Human Rights and Justice

The Human Rights and Justice team monitors rights abuses committed globally in the name of drug control, and advocates to promote the human rights of people who use drugs and their communities.

Currently, our research and analysis tracks use of the death penalty for drug offences, extrajudicial killings, and the compulsory detention of people who use drugs, to help fight for the rights of some of the most marginalised groups in society, including incarcerated people.

Our advocacy places human rights firmly at the centre of a harm reduction approach to punitive drugs policies and laws, recognising these to be detrimental to achieving the right to health for all and improving public safety. 

See below for examples of our work

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Death Penalty 2017 coverThe Death Penalty for Drug Offences

Since 2007, we have tracked use of the death penalty for drug offences worldwide, a practice that violates international human rights law. Read our latest research on this issue.

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Prison Project ReportReport and Monitoring Tool: HIV, HCV, TB and Harm Reduction in Prisons

There is an enormous gap between health and human rights standards and their effective implementation in places of detention. Our report shortcomings in harm reduction in prisons. Further, we provide a tool to assist human rights-based prison monitoring mechanisms generate better informed monitoring of issues relating to HIV, HCV, TB and harm reduction in prisons. 

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UPR Malaysia 2018 BriefingSubmissions to human rights mechanisms

As part of our monitoring and analysis, Harm Reduction International regularly submits, both unilaterally and with partners, to UN bodies and mechanisms on human rights abuses committed in the name of drug control. For recent examples see here and here.

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Partners_in_Crime_front coverPartners in Crime: International Funding for Drug Control and Gross Violations of Human Rights

Our 2012 documents how millions of dollars in drug enforcement funding and technical assistance are spent in countries with grave human rights concerns. 

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Cinzia Brentari - Senior Advisor/Programme Manager

Cinzia Brentari

Giada Girelli - Human Rights Analyst

Giada Girelli

Genevieve Sander - Human Rights Analyst

Genevieve Sander

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