2017

Day of Action 2017

The Ukrainian Union of People Who Use Drugs (UkrPUD) and Alliance for Public Health hosted a theatrical performance in Kiev’s main square. A host of drug users, civil society activists and human rights advocates presented real pictures and imaginary characters associated with the “war on drugs” and oppression and rights violations of PWUD in Ukraine. Participants called for the end of the war on drugs, decriminalisation and for Ukraine’s drug policies to be brought in line with the rest of Europe.

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In Zaporizhia, the Regional Center for legal assistance in Donetsk and Zaporizhia regions and Charitable organisation “Сеть 100 процентов жизни” organised a seminar on “The right of OST patients to access free legal aid”. During the event, OST clients talked about their right to justice and legal assistance, particularly the right to a free lawyer, how to behave during detention, and the procedure for appointing a lawyer. A similar seminar was also held in Berdyansk. Information sessions were organised by Denis Korshunov, member of the Board of ENPUD.

In Kropyvnytskyi, activists joined forces for the fourth time around the Support. Don’t Punish campaign. This time, volunteers and local patients took part in an action to decry unfair drug policies. They advocated for the removal of Art. 309 of the Ukrainian Penal Code, urging addiction and dependence to be addressed as health not criminal issues. Volunteer Maxim Goryunov explained how drug policy has stagnated since 2006, despite a move towards closer ties to the European Union; and urged for Article 309 to be removed and replaced by a system of thresholds defining and decriminalising possession for personal use. He also said it was necessary for drug addiction to be dealt with by doctors, not the police.

 

Media Coverage:

Persha, 26 June 2017: Не карати, а лікувати: у Кропивницькому відбулася акція наркозалежних
RK, 26 June 2017: У КРОПИВНИЦЬКОМУ НАРКОЗАЛЕЖНІ ВИЙШЛИ НА МІЖНАРОДНУ АКЦІЮ «SUPPORT. DON’T PUNISH». ФОТО
UNN, 26 June 2017: Україна має призначити дату місцевих виборів – ПАРЄ
Akula Media, 26 June 2017: Злочин чи хвороба: громадські активісти просять лояльного ставлення до наркозалежних (ФОТО)

UC, 26 June 2017: Кропивницькі наркозалежні зекономили на коректорі й виступили за європейську «наркопалітику» (ФОТО)
Pravda, 26 June 2017 Лікувати, а не карати: У Кіровограді наркозалежні вийшли на міжнародну акцію (ФОТО)

Channel 8, 26 June 2017 Когда в Украине легализируют наркотики?

Golos TV, 26 June 2017: Украинские наркоманы просят поддержки у правительства. Хотят обсудить легализацию наркотиков

ЧП.INFO  26 June 2017: Наркозалежні потребують підтримки – правозахисники

Kyiv Post, 21 July 2017: Drug addicts in occupied Donbas, Crimea suffer without substitution therapy

2016

Day of Action 2016

The Eurasian Network of People Who Use Drugs (ENPUD) participated in the global campaign in Kirovograd by taking part in the interactive photo project under the slogan ‘Punishment does not work!’ and releasing a position statement along the lines of Support. Don’t Punish

2015

Day of Action 2015

The International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine and Eurasian Network of People Who Use Drugs organised a flash mob “Special Task Force Operation on Drug Abuse” in the centre of Kiev, while another action took place in Kirovohrad.

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2014

Day of Action 2014

In Kiev, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine held a press conference under the campaign banner in order to raise awareness of the crisis in Crimea and East Ukraine with regards to methadone provision following the conflicts there. This was then followed up in Kirovograd by a public demonstration entitled “The War on Drugs Kills” – coordinated by the Eurasian Network of People who Use Drugs (ENPUD). Community activists gathered in front of the City Hall to call for the continuation of their methadone programme.


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2014

Day of Action 2014

In Kiev, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine held a press conference under the campaign banner in order to raise awareness of the crisis in Crimea and East Ukraine with regards to methadone provision following the conflicts there. This was then followed up in Kirovograd by a public demonstration entitled “The War on Drugs Kills” – coordinated by the Eurasian Network of People who Use Drugs (ENPUD). Community activists gathered in front of the City Hall to call for the continuation of their methadone programme.

2013

Day of Action 2013

The “Support. Don’t Punish” Day of Action was celebrated by the HIV Alliance in Ukraine. For this occasion, more than 100 activists gathered at Mykhailivska Square (St. Michael’s Square) in Kiev and asked the government to reconsider the repressive drug policy in Ukraine and to increase funding for harm reduction services.

Michel Kazatchkine (former Executive Director of the Global Fund and current UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia) and former Polish President Alexander Kwasniewski – both representatives of the Global Commission on Drug Policy – participated in the event.

Activists denounced Ukrainian drug laws, which criminalise and punish people in possession of very small quantities of drugs for personal consumption, while dangerous drug lords are given impunity. In support for their calls, they used symbolic objects, such as needles and white balloons and they held a press conference, offering numerous interviews.

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