On Friday, 26th June, 2015, thousands of activists in 140 cities around the world will make their voices heard as part of the global SUPPORT. DON’T PUNISH campaign – conceived and part-funded by the Community Action on Harm Reduction (CAHR) project.
The campaign calls on governments to end the war on drugs. This war has failed to reduce drug use or supply, and costs in excess of $100 billion each year to enforce. It has led to the mass incarceration of the vulnerable and the poor, and it fuels human rights violations and HIV epidemics.
In Cambodia, KHANA and Korsang are organising a public gathering in Phnom Penh to discuss key issues and launch their research on policy gaps in the country. In India, IDUF and the AIDS Alliance India will join forces to coordinate street rallies, theatre performances and speeches in 10 cities: Chennai, Delhi, Haridwar, Imphal, Jammu, Longleng, Meghalaya, Panipat, Patna and Pune. In Indonesia, Rumah Cemera is planning a series of drug policy dialogues in Jakarta, Surabaya, Bali, Mataram and Bandung. PKNI will also coordinate actions in more cities. In Kenya, KANCO will be supporting KENPUD to mobilise community members and hold a procession from Kawangware to Uthiru with keynote speeches by local leaders and people who use drugs. In Malaysia, the Malaysian AIDS Council is organising events in Kuala Lumpur on the 26th June. In Vietnam, events will profile the opening of the Bac Giang community-based treatment centre, engaging the media and community.
In these countries and beyond, the Global Day of Action is a public show of force for better drug policies. A wide variety of high-profile photo and video opportunities, meetings and seminars, concerts and publicity stunts will take place simultaneously around the world.
The 26th June is the United Nations’ International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking – a day which has traditionally been used by governments to ‘celebrate’ drug arrests and seizures. In China, this day has even been marked with public executions of drug offenders in the past. The SUPPORT. DON’T PUNISH campaign aims to reclaim the narrative on this day, and to highlight the need for a better approach.