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Side Event: From principle to policy to practice: Implementing a human rights approach with people who use drugs

Organised by Release Legal Emergency and Drugs Service Limited with the support of Ghana, Norway, the Global Commission on Drug Policy and the International Centre on Human Rights and Drug Policy. Speakers: Michel Kazatchkine, Global Commission on Drug Policy Angela Constance, Minister for Drug Policy, MSP Seth Kwame Acheampong, Minister of State, Ghana Stephen Cutter, …

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Side Event: Addressing the harms of criminalisation and policing with criminal justice and drug policy reform

Organized by the Norwegian Association for Humane Drug Policies with the support of Norway, and the Drug Policy Alliance, the International Drug Policy Consortium, NoBox Philippines, Release, and StreetLawPH. Thursday, 15th April 2021, 10:00 – 10:50 (CET – Vienna) Co-sponsored by Norway, the Norwegian Association for Humane Drug Policies, Drug Policy Alliance, IDPC, NoBox Philippines, …

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Side event: Decriminalising drug use and possession: A cross-national perspective on lessons learned and best practices

Organized by the Government of Czechia, the Drug Policy Alliance, Release, and the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy. Niamh Eastwood (Release) (UK): The UN estimates that 83% of prosecutions is for personal use. punitive drug policies are ineffective. Home office report concluded that tough sanctions are not a deterrent but in fact …

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Side event – Decriminalising drug use: Concept and practice

Side event organised by the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC), the Czech Republic, and Release. Marie Nougier, Senior Research and Communications Officer, International Drug Policy Consortium – Decriminalisation is essential for a health-based approach to drugs. It has broad support from, among others, WHO, OHCHR and UNAIDS. But there are a lot of differences in how …

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