SUPPORT. DON’T PUNISH

26TH JUNE IS A ‘GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION’11

 As you may know, the 26th June is the United Nations’ International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking – a day that on which many governments celebrate the ‘war on drugs’. In some cases, governments have even commemorated this day by holding public executions or beatings of drug offenders.

 This is why the SUPPORT. DON’T PUNISH campaign has chosen the 26th June as its “Global Day of Action”. The campaign aims to raise awareness about the harms that are caused by criminalising people who use drugs, and the need for harm reduction and other services that respect the human rights of people who use drugs.

 

 In 2013, people in 41 cities around the world took part in this “Global Day of Action” – including Beirut. With the support of MENAHRA and other partners in the region, we can make 2014 even bigger!

 If you are interested in organising an event in your country in the MENA region, you can download the guide and other materials from http://supportdontpunish.org/day-of-action-2014/. Please contact Micheline J. Abou Chrouch ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) and Hasan Fakih ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) from MENAHRA for more information. Arabic translations of the materials are also coming soon.

 If you cannot organise an event, you can still show your support for the campaign by:

 Visiting www.supportdontpunish.org to register your support and share the campaign

  • Changing your Facebook and Twitter profile pictures to the campaign logo on the 26th June.
  • Uploading our Facebook cover picture
  • Taking your photo with the campaign poster, then send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be uploaded as part of the campaign’s Interactive Photo Project.

 The heightened risks faced by people who use drugs can no longer be ignored. It is time to leave behind harmful politics, ideology and prejudice. It is time to prioritise the health and welfare of people who use drugs, and their families and communities.

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