Why to demonstrate and why now?
n 1998, the representatives of governments gathered in New York at the United Nation’s General Assembly’s Special Session on Drugs (UNGASS). The meeting was dominated by the slogan: “A Drug-Free World: We Can Do It”.
After 10 years, we see that the global drug war could not achieve its goal and caused a lot of unintended consequences: massive imprisonment of people, the spread of HIV/AIDS and overdoses, violent crime and corruption, humanitarian crisis in producer countries. High level governmental delegates are gathering on March 11-12 in Vienna to discuss the past 10 years and adopt a new Political Declaration on drugs.
This is time to make our voices heard loud and clear: we need to change international drug control policies and put human rights and harm reduction in the focus instead of criminalization and eradication!
Everybody who agrees with our goals is welcome to join us!
Location: Muhammad Asad Platz in Vienna (near the Kaisermühlen VIC metro station and the entrance of the Vienna International Centre)
From 8:00 AM – gathering at the entrance of the Vienna International Centre
11:00 AM – open air press conference
Speakers: Balázs Dénes (Hungarian Civil Liberties Union);
Frederick Polak (European Colation for Just and Effective Drug Policies);
Kris Krane (Students for a Sensible Drug Policy);
Jude Byrne (International Network of People Who Use Drugs)
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