SUPPORT. DON’T PUNISH 2015

Support Dont P unish poster

June 26th is the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. Many governments today still choose to continue their “war on drugs” and in some instances commemorate this day by holding public executions or public violence against people who use drugs. The heightened risks faced by people who use drugs can no longer be ignored. It is time to leave behind harmful politics and prejudice. It is time to priorities the health and welfare of people who use drugs, and their families and communities.

On this “Global Day of Action,” the Middle East & North Africa Harm Reduction Association (MENAHRA) will coordinate in the MENA region the Support. Don't Punish. campaign, which was launched in 2013 by the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC) (London).

 

This campaign aims at raising awareness regarding: the risks resulting from the criminalization of people who use drugs, the need to reduce these risks, and the need to promote other harm reduction 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”. In 2014 the campaign reached more than a 100 cities around the world with the support of MENAHRA and other partners in the region.

Within this framework, and with your support, this year we are seeking to reach the largest number possible of cities to support the rights of this key population.

We encourage you to organize various activities in your cities throughout the MENA region. You can also apply for support from MENAHRA or IDPC to help you conduct the planned activities.

We would also like to inform you that MENAHRA plans to highlight on the rights of drug users directly through a short video that includes messages from society, decision makers, and key population. MENAHRA will also be taking photos with the campaign poster and posting them on different social media platforms, media, and campaign related websites.

For this purpose, we hope that you share in conducting this regional video through:

• Recording a small video message supporting the rights of people who use drugs and harm reduction, and sending it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or upload it on MENAHRA Facebook page

• 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

• Changing your Facebook and Twitter profile pictures to the campaign logo on the 26th June and/or uploading our Facebook cover picture

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

You can also download the guide here, consent formposter, and other materials from: http://supportdontpunish.org/day-of-action-2015.

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