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Navigating the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs: A Youth RISE Perspective

By Ruby Lawlor, Executive Director of Youth RISE The United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) December Thematic Intersessional meetings, held from the 3rd to 6th of December, provided a crucial platform for global discussions on the implementation of international drug policy commitments, on the run up to the 2024 Mid-Term Review of the 2019…
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Human Rights Threats and Violations Suffered by Young People Who Use Drugs

From the May 2023 Youth RISE Submission to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. While the international drug control conventions aim to protect the health and welfare of humankind, young people are among the most affected by severe, systemic human rights violations, as a consequence of overly punitive interpretations of these conventions. In…
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Chemical Sisters and the 16 Days of Action to End Violence Against Women who Use Drugs campaign

Written by Dinah Kate Macmillan We are Chemical Sisters, a political collective with a primary focus on anti-prohibitionism and transfeminism. As women who openly identify as substance users, we approach harm reduction from a distinctly gendered perspective, placing it at the core of our harm reduction initiatives. Our mission is to underscore the critical importance…
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Campaign to Eliminate Violence Against Women Who Use Drugs | EVAWUD 2023

With the International Campaign for the Elimination of Violence Against Women 2023, the Women and Harm Reduction International Network (WHRIN), with campaign partners YouthRISE, EuroNPUD and EWNA call for an end to all forms of violence against women and gender diverse people who use drugs. The EVAWUD campaign highlights the need to end violence against…
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Recognizing the importance of supporting evidence-based scientific research with a harm reduction focus at INHSU 2023

In the framework of the World Science Day for Peace and Development (November 10th) The INHSU 2023 event is the 11th International Conference on Health and Hepatitis in Substance Users.It is a significant conference that addresses health issues, particularly hepatitis, in the context of substance use. The event took place from 17-20 October 2023 at…
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Know your rights! The Legal Awareness project by Young Wave

Written by Greta from Young Wave A wealth of data has evidenced how young people who use drugs are vulnerable to systematic oppression, police brutality, discrimination, and various rights violations. Consequently, youth rights advocates and harm reduction workers are in an ever-expanding search for the fastest and most efficient method to change that situation.  Young…
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Hear the Pioneers | Conversations with Drug Police Veterans – Insights from Marie Nougier (IDPC)

Written by Rebeca Marques Rocha In the latest edition of our series, “Hear the Pioneers: Conversations with Drug Policy Veterans,” we had the privilege of engaging in a captivating dialogue with Marie Nougier, the Head of Research and Communications at the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC). Although her roots lie in France, Marie has been…
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Prison under the guise of treatment

Written by Pinky Andrieansyah. Reviewed by Rebeca Marques Rocha. In recent years, the issue of police violence has taken center stage in discussions about justice, accountability, and the fundamental role of law enforcement in our society. While police misuse of power is widespread, the rights of marginalized communities are particularly violated. This article will discuss…
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