2018

Day of Action 2018

City: Tuzla

Organisations: Association Margina

Association Margina organized street action disseminating promotional materials, meeting people and spreading information about the campaign and work of the association. The message and the global goals of the campaign were promoted by showing the movie “I want to wake up” among college students and high school students. Also, we arranged Budget advocacy meetings with state decisions makers.

The Support. Don’t Punish campaign in Tuzla, Bosnia Herzegovina started on 11 June 2018 with showing film “I want to wake up” three times for the population of high school students and three times for the population of students. The goal was to point out the problem of education of this population and reduce stigma and discrimination against drug users. In this way, the message and the global goals of the campaign was promoted and shared among young people.

Association “Margina” had an ambitious plan to hold a public debate and press conference “CANTONAL INSTITUTION FOR DISEASES – Why do we not have it?” as introductory event to the entire day of action on 26th of June where Bosnia and Herzegovina National Drug Strategy 2018 – 2023, Policy to reduce drug use damage in the Federation of Bosnia Herzegovina, Decisions of the Government and the Tuzla Canton Assembly on the establishment of the “Institute for Addiction of the Tuzla Canton” should have been presented. Unfortunately, this activity was cancelled, because just before the start of the entire campaign, health workers started striking, both to fight for their rights, but also due to poor conditions for patients. The strike escalated in a way that 1.370 doctors and more than 4.000 medical technicians locked in their dismissals.

Regardless of the cancelled public debate, Association Margina have drawn good lessons from this process, as a model of pressure and struggle for the human rights of professionals and patients in whose interests they work. In the upcoming period they plan a meeting or a series of them with the Health Workers Union, in order to try to organise joint activities to improve the quality of services for drug users.

Still, a street action was organised in the city of Tuzla, including disseminating promotional materials, meeting people and spreading information about the campaign and work of the association.

In Zenica, the focus of the campaign was to hold meetings and support of prominent public figures, thus giving the campaign more publicity, as it is about policy makers, decision makers who are additionally responsible for the state we are in.

 

Media Coverage

Uličnom akcijom u Tuzli obilježen Međunarodni dan borbe protiv zloupotrebe droga
2017

Day of Action 2017

In Tuzla and Zenica, Asocijacija Margina aimed to engage young people through public debates at two universities. The events were very well received & the campaign messages absorbed and taken seriously! A press release, detailing human rights violations and evidence-based approaches to public health, was widely publicised and the events attracted TV coverage from national stations.

Media Coverage:

Kanal 9, 26 June 2017: Podrži. Ne kažnjavaj

2014

Day of action 2014

Local organisations organised a public debate in Youth House in Tuzla, with representatives from Ministries, police, social care centers and drug services. Local participants also participated in a photo campaign (with national football players). Actions also included the painting of a Support. Don’t Punish mural.

2014

Day of Action 2014

In Zenica, the Association Margina and their partners coordinated a series of street actions – including graffiti on the Youth House of Zenica. At the same time, informative meetings were held with representatives of the Ministries of Health, Social and Police to promote the campaign messages and take photos with the campaign posters. Finally, photos were also taken with celebrities such as members of the national football team, actors etc.

2013

Day of action 2013

 

Association Margina organised the “Support. Don’t Punish” Day of Action in Bosnia and Herzegovina, holding events in Tuzla, Zenica and Mostar with the active participation of around 500 people.

In Tuzla, activities included the production of powerful street art and 3D drawings, while a group of young volunteers wearing “Support.Don’t Punish” T-shirts and distributing informative and educational information, calling on the government to implement harm reduction services and protect human rights in its drug policy.

In Mostar, the campaign was held in four different locations: the Spanish Square, Rondo, Musa and the Mepas mall. Association Margina,with the help of students from the University of Monstar created collective pictures and graffiti on the walls of the city.

In Zenica, a dance group called “Iskre” performed in the street to call the attention of passers-by and offer them information on drug policy alternatives.

Lead organisation: Margina

Media coverage in Bosnia and Herzegovina