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Activists around the world demonstrate against 'war on drugs'


Aids Alliance

Activists in 26 cities around the world took to the streets on 26 June in an historic day of action to raise awareness of the harms caused by the ‘war on drugs’.

Last month we reported that a global day of action, as part of the SUPPORT. DON’T PUNISH campaign, would take place on Wednesday June 26, to coincide with the United Nations’ International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

Alliance Linking Organisations who work on harm reduction – particularly through the Community Action on Harm Reduction programme and the EC Asia Action on Harm Reduction project – were at the forefront of the day of action.  They included KANCO (Kenya), India HIV/AIDS Alliance, Rumah Cemara (Indonesia), Alliance Ukraine, Malaysian AIDS Council, and the Alliance International Secretariat. There has been also active involvement other Linking Organisations, including KHANA (Cambodia) and AIDS Care China.

Enrique Restoy, Coordinator: Human Rights and Advocacy at the Alliance said: “Events took place yesterday in a staggering 26 cities around the world. The campaign has gathered sensational momentum, with 107 organisations endorsing it to date.  High profile individual supporters include Michel Sidibé, Richard Branson, Michel Kazatchkine and UK MP Caroline Lucas.  We were also delighted by the global media attention we received for what is usually considered a controversial issue.”

The Campaign

The SUPPORT DON’T PUNISH campaign is a global initiative being led by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC), the International Network of People who Use Drugs (INPUD) and Harm Reduction International (HRI)

Campaign Website: www.supportdontpunish.org
Campaign Statement: www.supportdontpunish.org/campaign-statement
Publication: Experiences of community advocacy and harm reduction programmes
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