2018

Day of Action 2018

City/Cities: Minsk, Gomel, Svetlogorsk, Zhodino

Organisations: “Your chance”

  • Event timed to the Day of Action of Activists “Your Chance”.
  • “Your Chance” (PCOO “Tvoy Shans”), the organization of opioid substitution therapy patients in Belarus, took part in the campaign “Support. Don’t Punish”. The main goal was to inform the public that criminalization of people who use drugs significantly limits their access to prevention, support and treatment services. The participants of UNODC training joined the action, among them were the representatives of various non-governmental organizations from Belarus.
  • Drug dependency is a disease which should not be punished, it is necessary to help people in solving social and medical problems, provide support, formulate guidelines for healthcare, give information about prevention of HIV, viral hepatitis, tuberculosis, as well as it’s necessary to help drug users receive assistance which is guaranteed to all citizens without exception according to the national law.

 

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Sapport. Don’t punish. 26 июня.

2017

Day of Action 2017

In Minsk, people who use drugs and the organisation “Твой шанс” (Your chance), which works with clients of programmes of opioid substitution therapy, held a gathering in a methadone delivery venue. The action was also attended by independent activists and the NGO “Позитивное движение” (Positive Movement)

2015

Day of Action 2015

In Belarus, the Support. Don’t Punish action took place in Minsk, on board a pleasure craft on the river Svisloch. The coordinator of the “Positive Movement” organisation, as well as representatives of the community of people who use drugs and of people who are under methadone maintenance treatment, all participated in the action. Participants held posters of the campaign, but also drafted their own batters with the following message: “Each person who uses drugs has an opportunity to speak openly about their rights and needs. Support. Don’t Punish!”.

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