The group of people on human rights protection in respect to the people using drugs carried out an action for Support Don’t Punish on June 26, 2018. Participants of the action in a number of 10 people met at 10 a.m. at the office which is provided by the friendly organisation. Participants of the action received leaflets, posters, t-shirts. Leaflets and materials were distributed to people in a clinic and stickers were placed in a narcological clinic. After, participants gathered in the office where an expert held a seminar connected with the use of drugs and possibilities of receiving alternative punishment in the form of a treatment.
City: St. Petersburg
Organisations: Trava, 228, Humanitarian Action, Marijuana March Saint-Petersburg
There was a mini-conference about alternative drug policy initiatives. Marina Akulova from “Humanitarian Action” Fund talked about the programs that the Fund implements in working with HIV-positive drug users. Arkadiy Сhaplygin, lawyer and co-organizer of the Saint Petersburg Marijuana March, covered the fourth Marijuana March that took place this year in St.Petersburg on May 5th. Mariia Ulibegova, translator, highlighted the main human rights violations happening all around the world as a result of repressive drug policies. Gleb Paykachyov, secretary of “Russian Drug Users Forum”, spoke about the major points in the report that the Forum will present soon in front of the UN Committee Against Torture. Alexander Delphinov, poet, journalist, civil society activist and expert on international drug policy, talked about the fundamental contradictions of modern drug policy and the transition from militarised policing towards social and medical support of drug users. Vitaly Esipov presented the results of his work a month into the release of the “228” bot, shared which questions are most frequently asked by users, and what plans the 228 team have for the future.
Organisations: Andrey Rylkov Foundation
Social workers from ARF talked with drug users on the streets of Moscow about drug policy in the Russian Federation, about the need to change the system towards support (not punishment), and about what small actions everyone can do for this purpose. Participants were given leaflets that described the mission of SDP. The action was present in different areas such as a soccer game where drug users from several areas of Moscow participated. Than there was s community meeting in a beautiful place under the bridge. At this meeting Russian drug policy was discussed and drug users answered questions about drug policy, criminalisation, stigma, and OST.
Media Coverage: «Мне важно, чтобы люди перестали считать наркозависимых животными.» https://spid.center/ru/articles/1992.