Dare to Question? Using video to take on UN drug policies

Regions: Global

Issues: Discrimination, Drugs & human rights

Tags: drug policy, drug reform, harm reduction, HCLU, HIV prevention, video advocacy

UPDATE: Groups call on member states to reject the new UN Political Declaration on Drugs.  Read the statement by Human Rights Watch, International AIDS Society, and the International Harm Reduction Association.

Eleven years ago, the UN's General Assembly held a Special Session on Drugs under the slogan: "A Drug-Free World, We Can Do It!"  Member states agreed to ramp up their efforts in the "global war on drugs" by reducing the supply and demand for illegal drugs in their countries. 

But civil society advocated that drug policies should focus on "harm reduction" programs (like HIV prevention and needle exchange) rather than criminalizing users and suppliers - which they called ineffective as well as conducive to the violation of the human rights of drug users.

Today, government officials from around the world are meeting in Vienna at the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) to review the global drug control efforts of the past ten years and to agree on a new declaration to guide policies in the decade to come. 

The Hungarian Civil Liberties Union is hoping to influence the outcome of today's meeting and include a new set of voices in the conversation - through an online video campaign including advocacy videos, testimonies, and animations.  Here's one video HCLU produced with a general overview of the campaign:

 

 

Learn more and take action at HCLU's Dare to Know and Dare to Question.


Comments

think this "war on drug"

think this "war on drug" method is a waste of time and money. P


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If the drug policy reform

If the drug policy reform movement is successful, harm reduction principles will form the basis of a more effective, scientific and humane drug control regime. drug policies will no longer provide the means and excuse to arrest, incarcerate and otherwise harm millions of people, especially the disadvantaged ones who hve no connection or the resources to bribe officers.


Waste of effort

I think this "war on drug" method is a waste of time and money. People are always going to be doing drugs, and making a war on drugs is only going to put people in jail, cost people's lives, and inflate the money on drugs. Making a drug illegal makes its value increase, and because of this, the people are more inclined to sell it and make it more available for users. I think we should work on educating people instead of making a "war on drugs"


politics

Does it ever make you ponder that the amount of money that govt. spends in damage control, it can easily spend on uplifting the the groups of society that are more susceptible to all these problems. Like the unemployed rightly stated, it will be more efficient, if govt. spend the money in providing employment to the youths who, because of unemployment, turn to being a drug peddler. May be these political gurus wont have any work if they didn't create the problem at first place and then try to solve them. I am too naive to discuss politics, but this damn! thing doesn't make sense.


We will look into it! Today

We will look into it! Today we head back to the UN meeting in Vienna, and as we have time start to put the films on dotsub!
Thank you for the advice!
HCLU..


Unemployed

I agree to civil society advocates that drug policies should focus on "harm reduction" programs (like HIV prevention and needle exchange) rather than criminalizing users and suppliers - which they called ineffective as well as conducive to the violation of the human rights of drug users. To be honest enough because of too much poverty and recession many of our unemployed people were turning on selling drugs just to survive and give its families necessities. It is alarming but what can we do? We all know that being unemployed is never fun. The numbers of the unemployed are growing all over the world, from New Jersey to Jerusalem to Hong Kong, and many people could use a payday cash advance loan to float them during lean times. This usually applies to our newly graduates or recently lay-off workers. The job search for many will continue, as there are few, if any, free lunches to be had; yet there are whispers of economic recovery beginning to circulate. The recession has taken a heavy toll so far, but the world economy is said to be starting to show signs of recovery. Hopefully work will be returning sooner rather than later.


See the video of the protest at the entrance of the UN meeting!

The United Nations held its High Level Meeting on drugs on March 11-12, 2009 in Vienna. HCLU and its allies, SSDP, INPUD, ENCOD and Youth R.I.S.E. organized a demonstration against the global war on drugs on March 11, at the entrance of the Vienna International Center, to call for a drug policy based on human rights and harm reduction.

Witness the event here: http://drogriporter.hu/en/demovideo


collaborative translation

why don't you publish these videos with a transcript at dotsub? we could easily find help to spread the word in many languages.
thanks for the good work!


Thanx for the note!

We will look into it! Today we head back to the UN meeting in Vienna, and as we have time start to put the films on dotsub!
Thank you for the advice!
HCLU