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
On November 29th and 30th, 2016 the first regular annual General Assembly of the Drug Policy Network in South East Europe (DPNSEE) was held at the Palace of Serbia in Belgrade.
DPNSEE is an initiative of NGOs from the countries of South East Europe, the creation of which was among the main objectives of the project “Stengthening NGO capacity and promoting public health and human rights oriented drug policy in South East Europe”. Network organizations are primarily providers of preventive, therapeutic, harm reduction and rehabilitation services. The Network aims to create close and constructive relationships through open and objective dialogue with experts, key policy makers in national governments, regional bodies, and international organisations in order to promote humane and effective drug policies.
Organization ‘Diogenis’ Drug Policy Dialogue was present and actively involved in the whole processes as a founding member and the lead organization of this project, supported by the European Commission.
The Newsletter #7 of the Drug Policy Network at SE Europe (DPNSEE) is now available to the follow link:
In this edition, you will read all the activities of the DPNSEE members for the trimester July – September 2016.
Paris is the next European capital to inaugurate the function of the first supervised drug consumption room in the country. This facility, fully funded by the national health system, opens for a six-year pilot period as approved by the relevant legislation, which was adopted last year by the socialist government. It is expected that the service will be used daily by about 100 – intravenous drug users (IDUs) – starting from Friday 14 October, where the room will open officially its doors to the beneficiaries. The facility is located in a busy area in northern Paris near the Gare du Nord Train Station, which also according to the authorities is the main point of sale and consumption of illegal drugs in the French capital.
Unfortunately, in Greece, so far it seems to lack the necessary political will to reopen the site. Examples like that of France, is encouraging and enhancing dissemination of knowledge in this area with a view to developing and extending corresponding Harm Reduction programs.
You can read more here (in Greek)
The new, fresh and interactive 6th edition of the DPNSEE Newsletter is available online!
Click here and enjoy the activities of the DPNSEE members for the second trimester of 2016.