Bangkok, Thailand (18th October, 2016) - As ASEAN Ministers meet in Singapore this week at the 5th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Drug Matters to agree a new regional 10-year plan on drugs, civil society groups highlight the urgent need for governments to promote and protect the right to life.
We believe that all services both prevention & treatment for all people who use drugs, irrespective of age or gender, must be acceptable, accessible, compassionate, comprehensive, evidence-based and voluntary.
In this submission, the HRDP, ANPUD and INPUD map out key tensions between the Philippine's current national drug strategy, including the widespread extrajudicial killings of people suspected of using and dealing drugs and the full and effective realisation of economic, social and cultural rights.
On August 5, 2016, Nepalese community of people who use drugs demonstrated a peaceful protest and urgently requested that the Government of Philippines and his Excellency President Duterte call an immediate halt to the extrajudicial killing of people, and entreat instead to set science-based standards for a healthy, productive, and prosperous Philippines. Please read their press release and the petition they submitted to President Duterte via the Consulate Office of the Philippines in Kathmandu, Nepal.
The Asian Network of People who Use Drugs (ANPUD) has grave concerns based on the updated 2016 guidelines and recommends the actions that governments in Asia need to prioritize. Please read the full press release and share it with all the relevant stakeholders.
INPUD (the International Network of People who Use Drugs) and ANPUD (the Asian Network of People who Use Drugs) urgently request a halt be called on the killing of people who use drugs in the Philippines. We implore Your Excellency President Duterte to reconsider the current approach of executing people who use drugs in favour of internationally accepted, evidence-based alternatives.
Recovering Nepal, National network of Drug Users and Drug led organizations (RN), conducted Protest against program of disseminating "Hepatitis Treatment Guideline for Nepal". Protest against Technical Team, in-front health Minister to ensure inclusion of drug user's community and key technical activist of civil society in Nepal.
Protest was a success: Technical team conceptually agreed to revisit the process and minister also reinforced to address the voices of Civil Society.