Within the frame of the project “Strengthening NGO capacity and promoting public health and human
rights oriented drug policy in South Eastern Europe”, funded by EU and OSF, a visit to Slovenia took place on 26 – 28 of September.
On behalf of the project partners (and members of DPNSE), Mr. Sasa Mijovic (NVO4Life), Mr. Erlind Plaku (AksionPlus) and Mr. Nikos Stergiou (Diogenis Drug Policy Dialogue) participated on this activity. They had meetings with Mr. Jose Hren (Senior Adviser I, Directorate for Public Health, Ministry of Health) and also with representatives from the NGOs “Stigma”, “DrogArt” and “Association of NGOs working on the fields of drugs and addictions”. The meetings were concluded in an excellent climate and there was great exchange of experiences and good practices on drug policy in Slovenia and in the area of SE Europe.
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The 10th issue of the Drug Policy Network of South East Europe Newsletter has arrived and brings to us the news of the network and its member organizations for the trimester April – June 2017!
You can read or download it for free here.
With the participation of the representative of the UNODC office in Vienna, Mrs Jo Dedeyne-Amann, the National Drug Coordinators of Croatia, Serbia and Romania, the scientific officer of the EKTEPN, representatives of organizations and scientists from 10 countries, the 7th Regional Conference on Drug Policy in Southeast Europe took place on 9-10 June, at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Thessaloniki.
A total of 44 participants exchanged experiences and good practices on topics such as linking drugs to Sustainable Development Goals, Women and Drugs, Initiatives to Implement the UNGASS 2016 Conclusions in the Countries of the Region, Drugs and Internet, Harm Reduction in SE Europe, users’ involvement in drug policy, changing culture in drug use including new psychoactive substances.
Photo credits: Evita Paraskevopoulou
The full report of the conference will be available by the end of July.
On this new issue of the DPNSEE Newsletter, you can read all the important activities of the network and of the member organizations, for the period October – December 2016.
You can find the DPNSEE Newsletter #8, here.
On the occasion of International Human Right’s Day, celebrated each year on December 10th, Civil Society organizations from South East Europe, make a call for change towards human rights’ oriented drug policy.
Worldwide, we have seen large-scale abuses of international human rights in the name of the drug control system. During the last decades, repressive policies – particularly focused in law enforcement – have been the main strategy of addressing the drug phenomenon. This approach is clearly in total contradiction with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1948. Among others, the right to life, the right to health, the right to be free from discrimination, the right to an adequate standard of living, the right to due process and a fair trial are violated on a regular basis against a particularly vulnerable and marginalized population, that of people who use drugs. Read more