Day of Action 2018

City: Tbilisi
Organisations: New Vector, GeNPUD. With participation form the Georgian Football Federation, the National Center for National Center for Disease Control and Public Health, the Center of Mental Health and Prevention of Addiction, the Tbilisi City Hall, the Tbilisi City Assembly, the Alliance for the Control of Tobacco, Harm Reduction Center Georgia and the Georgian Health Promotion and Education Foundation.

A community of people who use drugs has been fighting for the humanization of repressive drug policies since 2006 in Tbilisi, Georgia. However, the current government continues to pursue a policy of violence against its citizens, tens of thousands of whom have been declared criminals because of their drug use. Repressive drug policy is fighting people, not the problem, it takes away their freedom and hope for the future, their health and, most importantly, life!

The Georgian Network of People Who Use Drugs (GeNPUD) conducted the first large-scale rally in front of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in 2013, because the Ministry had always resisted the humanization of drug policy. Law enforcement structures constantly used systemic violence against drug users and prevented the drug policy from becoming more humane in Georgia.

In 2017, GeNPUD traditionally joined the global campaign “Support. Don’t Punish”. Activists from nine regions of Georgia gathered in front again in front of the the Ministry of Internal Affairs and demanded drug policy reform, which would prevent the Ministry from using violent measures against drug users.

This year, GeNPUD organized a mini-football tournament together with the Georgian Football Federation, the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health, the Center for Mental Health and Drug Prevention, the Tbilisi City Hall, the Tbilisi City Assembly, the Alliance for the Fight against Tobacco Harm, the Center for the Restoration of Georgia and the Foundation for Health Promotion and Education in Georgia. In parallel to the tournament, all participants were able to take part in voluntary testing for HIV and viral hepatitis C and B.

Media coverage was very positive and helped to change many negative media stereotypes about “sick” drug users, popular with the media. The success of this action and the positive feedback of all participants means that such sports tournaments will become an annual event.

GeNPUD also produced this video to capture the day and disseminate messages in favour of policy reform.

Media Coverage:


Day of Action 2017

On 26th June, GeNPUD organised a large public demonstration in Tbilisi.  More than 400 activists from 9 regions of Georgia urged the Government to support drug policy reform. The protesters expressed their solidarity for the thousands people who are locked behind the bars and serving their sentence in unjustifiable charges in prisons. They called on the previous government officials to take responsibility for the brutality committed against drug users and their families during repressive drug policies and for the government to investigate and bring to the end the cases where violence has been used against drug users. The rally was covered on almost all major TV channels and extensively covered in the media.

Media Coverage:

Liberali, 26 June 2017 : ვიდეო►„მხარდაჭერა დასჯის ნაცვლად” – აქცია შსს-სთან რეპრესიული ნარკოპოლიტიკის შესაცვლელად

Public TV, 26 June 2017 : აქცია შინაგან საქმეთა სამინისტროსთან

Public TV, 26 June 2017 : როდის გახდება საქართველოში ნარკოპოლიტიკა ლიბერალური?

Public TV, 26 June 2017 : ნარკომანიასთან ბრძოლის საერთაშორისო დღე

Public Radio, 26 June 2017 : ნარკოტიკების ბრუნვასთან ბრძოლის საერთაშორისო დღე

Rustavi 2, 26 June 2017 : აქცია შინაგან საქმეთა სამინისტროსთან

TV First, 26 June 2017 : არ დასაჯო ! – აქცია შინაგან საქმეთა სამინისტროსთან

Radio Freedom, 27 June 2017 : „ადამიანური ნარკოპოლიტიკა“ – ახალი საკანონმდებლო ცვლილებების არსი

Radio Freedom, 26 June 2017 : სტუმრად ჩვენს ეთერში: კოკა ლაბარტყავა და ინა ინარიძე

TV Objective, 26 June 2017 : თოქ-შოუ “დღის თემა 20:30-ზე” ანი ქეცბაია

Liberal, 26 June 2017 : NGO-ები: საქართველოში ნარკოპოლიტიკა ადამიანური მიდგომისკენ უნდა შემობრუნდეს

IPN, 26 June 2017: „ნარკოტიკების მომხმარებელთა და ზიანის შემცირების საქართველოს ქსელი“ უერთდება კამპანიას – „მხარდაჭერა დასჯის ნაცვლად“

Channel 2, 26 June 2017: ნარკოპოლიტიკის ლიბერალიზაციის საკანონმდებლო პაკეტი

GHN, 26 June 2017 : „არ დასაჯო!“ – შს სამინისტროსთან ნარკოპოლიტიკის შეცვლის მოთხოვნით აქცია მიმდინარეობს


Day of Action 2016

A massive action was organised on 26th June against repressive drug policies in front of the Parliament building in Tbilisi, with the slogan “I am a drug user, not a criminal”. The Georgian Network of People Who Use Drugs (GENPUD) also produced 50 social media videos for Facebook.

Videos of the event

Georgia day of action 2016 a

Georgia day of action 2016 b


Day of Action 2015

The NGO New Vector and the Georgian Network of People Who Use Drugs (GeNPUD) coordinated protests in front of drug testing facilities in Tbilisi, Rustavi, Gori, Kotaisi, Ozurgeti and Batumi to raise awareness about the harms related with drug testing campaigns.

Video Clip


Day of Action 2014

On June 26th, the Georgian Network of People Using Drugs (GeNPUD) held protest rally in front of the parliament of Georgia. The protest rally was executed in frames of the advocacy campaign “My Repression-Your Regress”. The main message of the rally was as followed: Legislation Kills! Support Don’t Punish. In the framework of the action, a petition, signed by 60,000 citizens and underlining the failures and consequences of Georgia’s zero tolerance drug policy, was sent to the Chairperson of the Parliament. For more information, please read a report of the event.

Media coverage:


Day of Action 2014

In Georgia, a protest was organised in front of the Parliament in Tbilisi. Additional activities including raising awareness among the public about the campaign, and media outreach.



Day of Action 2013


Medecins du Monde (MdM), working with local partners NGO New Vector and Hepa+, held a demonstration in Tbilisi – gathering in front of the University and walking into the centre of the capital.

Participants wore the Support Don’t Punish t-shirts, and disseminated leaflets and statements in Georgian. Journalists and photographers attended as well to hear the key advocacy messages being delivered, and representatives from MdM and Hepa+ also appeared on local TVstations.

Lead organisation: Medecins du Monde