2016

Day of Action 2016

On 26th June in Beirut, SIDC organised between the Internal Security Forces (ISF) and beneficiaries of the Escale Community Center.

Skoun, Lebanese Addictions Center, in partnership with Legal Agenda, also hosted a panel discussion around the Lebanese national drug policy.

In parallel, MENAHRA produced an animated movie in English and Arabic, as well as infographics in both languages.

Finally, MENANPUD, released a series of statements from people who use drugs from across the Middle East and North Africa region.

Video of the event

Media coverage

2016

Support. Don’t Punish 2016: MENA activities

Article originally published on the MENAHRA website

In observation of the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, on 26 June, the Middle East and North Africa Harm Reduction Association (MENAHRA) coordinated the Support! Don’t Punish campaign throughout the MENA region. More than 100 countries took part in the campaign this year, 10 were from the region (Afghanistan, Bahrian, Egypt, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Pakistan, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and United Arab Emirates).

On the 26th of June, MENAHRA released animated and still infographics in both English and Arabic.

The Middle East and North Africa Network of/for People who Use Drugs (MENANPUD) have also released statements from across the MENA region.” The aim of this statement is to make the voices of the community members heard.

In Egypt, in the Minya governorate, the “Friends” organization conducted multiple events and activities for the campaign including, meeting with some members of parliament, campaign photos the Egyptian parliament, posted poster supporting the campaign, and the dissemination of awareness material.

Also in Egypt, the EGYPTIAN DEVELOPMENT AND HUMAN RIGHTS INSTITUTE (EDHR) conducted a meeting with the Drug Enforcement Administration Directorate of Cairo (DEA) and group of young people in addition to a sport event (football game) for youth.

In Palestine, Al-Maqdese for Society Development (MSD) had an Iftar on the occasion for a group of beneficiaries of the center.

In Lebanon, SIDC Basketball game between two teams: ISF (police) and Beneficiaries In addition to posting posters supporting the campaign, and the dissemination of awareness material.

Also in Lebanon, Skoun, Lebanese Addictions Center in partnership with Legal Agenda hosted a panel focusing on the Lebanese national drug policy.

In Morocco, a football match between doctors and beneficiaries was held in ‪‎Tetouan‬. In addition to posting posters supporting the campaign.

Various activists and decision makers from the MENA region also took part in the campaign by posting pictures and supportive messages on social media sites including Facebook and Twitter.

2015

Day of Action 2015

SIDC did a TV stop in Beirut featuring support for the campaign from celebrities and policy makers. MENANPUD made a video reportage from the region, while MENAHRA prepared a short video based on the pictures and videos received from people supporting Support. Don’t Punish.

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2014

Day of Action 2014

Several events were held in Beirut to mark the Global Day of Action, with help from the Middle East and North Africa Harm Reduction Network (MENAHRA). Skoun held a street festival to coincide with the FIFA World Cup, with the distribution of t-shirts, badges and information. This was followed by a roundtable discussion at the Université Pour Tous (UPT) on the topic of drug overdose. At the same time, SIDC coordinated a “Barriers Awareness” event using their mobile outreach unit to advocate for the rights of people who use drugs. Finally, the Middle East and North African Network of People who Use Drugs (MENANPUD) marked the day with a graffiti campaign in the city.

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2014

Day of Action 2014

Several events were held in Beirut to mark the Global Day of Action, with help from the Middle East and North Africa Harm Reduction Network (MENAHRA). Skoun held a street festival to coincide with the FIFA World Cup, with the distribution of t-shirts, badges and information. This was followed by a roundtable discussion at the Université Pour Tous (UPT) on the topic of drug overdose. At the same time, SIDC coordinated a “Barriers Awareness” event using their mobile outreach unit to advocate for the rights of people who use drugs. Finally, the Middle East and North African Network of People who Use Drugs (MENANPUD) marked the day with a graffiti campaign in the city.

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2013

Day of Action 2013


 

In Beirut, the Day of Action was coordinated by local NGOs “Skoun” and “Soins Infirmiers et dévelopment communautaire (SIDC)”.

At the Palace of Justice, activists and advocates distributed flyers and documents about Lebanese drug policy to judges and lawyers, and held a press conference alongside the Ministry of Justice to promote treatment as an alternative to incarceration.

Participants also disseminated information in the street on the importance of decriminalising people who use drugs, and the campaign was also featured on local TV stations.

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