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Drug users not treated humanely

August 14, 2009 By: Ikon Bali Category: Advokasi, Dokumentasi

by Anton Muhajir

Drug users in Asia and Pacific regions face discrimination and limited access to proper medical treatment since many of these countries still regard human rights as minor problems, a forum was told Thursday.

“It requires comprehensive policy changes at the national, regional and international levels to enable these persons to receive needed medications and treatments,” said a speaker in a forum on Injecting Drug Users (IDU), with the theme Reform: Toward Human Rights Drug Policy, in Sanur, as part of the 9th International Congress on AIDS in the Asia-Pacific.

Dean Lewis, a member of the Asian Network for People who Use Drugs (ANPUD), told the forum that harm reduction was among the efforts to reduce negative impact among IDU persons.

“Such a policy is still unavailable in many Asian and Pacific countries.”

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STATEMENT AND RECOMENDATION OF THE PEOPLE WHO USE DRUGS FORUM

August 10, 2009 By: Ikon Bali Category: Advokasi, Dokumentasi

STATEMENT AND RECOMMENDATION OF THE PEOPLE WHO USE DRUGS FORUM-PRE CONGRESS ICAAP IX
SANUR BEACH HOTEL, 8 AUGUST 2009

The People who Use Drugs Forum with all clarity is aware that global polical and economical policies are at the root of the problems that have brought social, economical, cultural and health harms towards drug users.

1. The superpower nations are dominating the Asian Pacific region through treaties and agreements at international and regional levels to put pressure upon our governments and determining our Drug Laws;

2. International agreements are made based on interests of political and economical nature, therefore distancing drug use of the Asian Pacific social and cultural context;

3. The greatest harms as results are : imprisonment, extortion and abuse of power – therefore human rights violation, all in the name of drug control

4. Hence, People who use Drugs in Asia Pacific are calling for the reform of drug policies:
a. Demanding for the correction of UN 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs and the 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances so as it respects human rights and the regionals cultural context.
b. Demanding governments in the region to take serious actions of reforming the current prohibitive drug laws into laws that respects the equality of drug users rights

5. Government should take upon their responsibility as providers of drug related public services therefore ensuring sustainability, local and cultural appropriateness

6. Drug users organized groups must build alliances with other socio-political movements as  a grassroots-based united front against the “War On Drugs” black campaign

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Layanan Kesehatan yang Manusiawi Untuk IDU!

August 08, 2009 By: Ikon Bali Category: Dokumentasi

Oleh Anton Muhajir

Pengguna narkotika, psikotropika, dan zat adiktif lain (Napza) di kawasan regional Asia Pasifik masih menghadapi masalah terkait dengan akses layanan kesehatan. Layanan kesehatan di negara-negara kawasan ini belum menggunakan hak asasi manusia sebagai dasar. Perlu ada kebijakan di tingkat nasional dan lokal selain juga keterlibatan pengguna Napza untuk mewujudkan perubahan layanan kesehatan yang lebih manusiawi pada pengguna Napza.

Masalah ini mengemuka dalam forum diskusi injecting drug user (IDU) bertema Reform: Toward Human Right Based Drug Policy di Sanur Bali pada Sabtu (8/8). Forum para pengguna napza dengan jarum suntik (penasun) dalam rangka The 9th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pasific (ICAAP 9) itu diikuti sekitar 100 orang dari jaringan IDU di Asia dan Pasifik termasuk Australia, India, dan Cina.

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