"Support, not punishment": a meeting has been held in Kaliningrad for activists who work with people who use drugs
29 June 2020
During the discussion, the participants of the initiative group "Participation" raised the issue of detaining a person in an abstinent state (a serious physical and psychological condition of a person after stopping taking drugs). In such situations, people suffering from drug addiction may confess to committing crimes that they did not commit. In this case, pressure from law enforcement agencies on the interrogated person can be considered as the use of violence in order to obtain confessions. A person in an abstinent state first of all needs to provide medical assistance.
On 26 June, 1987 the Convention against torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment entered into force. The Convention has now been ratified by 162 countries. In 1987, the General Assembly adopted a resolution that made 26 June a day of support for people who are struggling with drug addiction.
The workshop was held as part of Support.don’t Punish., a global campaign, which aims to develop a humane drug policy with a focus on public health and human rights.