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Implementation Dialogue - Southeast Asia

2nd Regional Dialogue - Implementation of the International Guidelines on Human Rights and Drug Policy in Southeast Asia, 26 and 27 November, 2020


Southeast Asia Dialogue Final Report - Download the PDF here

Dialogues Agenda: from the November 26/27 event

Download the Dialogues Agenda as a PDF here or view below

Welcome messages

  • Overview of the Regional Dialogue
  • Introduction of the meeting objectives and review of agenda
  • Welcome remarks from co-hosts and general contextualization of the meeting and the Guidelines roll out in EECA

Speakers

  • Agi Veres - Deputy Regional Director, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Europe and CIS
  • Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (TBD)
  • Olga Belyaeva – Program Coordinator, Eurasian Network of People Who Use Drugs (ENPUD)

Natalia Podogova - Dialogue Facilitator

Keynote speaker Aleksander Kwaśniewski - former President of Poland, Member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy

Panel discussion - The International Guidelines on Human Rights and Drug Policy: Tool for change

  • Introduction to the Guidelines, and their use after the regional dialogues in Latin America/Caribbean & South/Southeast Asia
  • Guidelines as the key tool in the implementation of human rights commitments of the UN System Common Position on Drug Related Matters
  • Study on Arbitrary detention relating to drug policy – key findings and the Guidelines as a tool for approaching its key recommendations
  • Discussion with panelists and audience

Speakers

  • Julie Hannah - Co-Director, International Center for Human Rights and Drug Policy
  • Ryszard Komenda - OHCHR Regional Representative in the Central Asia
  • Elina Steinerte - Chair-Rapporteur of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention

Moderator: Zhannat Kosmukhamedova - Head, Regional Programme Office for Eastern Europe, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

BREAK

Lightning talk - Decriminalization: partnership of civil society and politicians on the way to policy changes

Case study from Lithuania on initiation and the Seimas (Parliament) procedure of drug decriminalization law.

Morgana Daniele – Member of the Seimas, the Republic of Lithuania

Implementation workshops: Day 1

These workshop discussions will enable participants to brainstorm creative and practical ways to use the Guidelines to support progressive changes in drug policy around three themes:

  1. Right to health: improving access to treatment, harm reduction services and other health care goods, services, and facilities including COVID-19 pandemic context, and their availability on a non-discriminatory basis; sustainable funding of services for people who use drugs.
  2. Development: poverty and social security - proportionality of drug related penalties with basic income; healthcare and social care standards – evidence-informed development responses vs post-soviet systems; migration policies.
  3. Criminal Justice: trainings and forums for judges, lawyers, civil society, drug law enforcement; human rights of persons deprived of liberty; addressing prison overcrowding, decriminalization of possession of drugs for personal use; protection from torture and other human rights violations of people who use drugs, alternatives to coercive sanctions, harm reduction in prison settings.

Participants will brainstorm challenges and opportunities and then prioritize implementation ideas. The moderators will share back with the larger group in plenary.

Moderators:

  • Right to health (simultaneous translation): Ganna Dovbakh, Executive Director, Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA)
  • Development: In Russian: UNAIDS Consultant, In English: Rebecca Schleifer, Consultant, UNDP
  • Criminal justice: In Russian: Zhanna Nazarova, Regional Programme Manager for Central Asia, Penal Reform International, In English: Adela Llatja, Advisor, GIZ

BREAK

Lightning talk – Right to health: access to medicines for palliative care

Case study on Ukrainian national legislative developments in medical cannabis legalization.

Olga Stefanyshyna - Member of Parliament, Ukraine

Plenary - Report back from each implementation workshop

  1. Audience discussion
  2. Review plans for day two

Report back by: Ganna Dovbakh, Rebecca Schleifer, Zhanna Nazarova, Adela Llatja

Facilitator: Natalia Podogova

Welcome

Updates and review agenda for the day

Speaker

  • Damon Barrett - Co-Director, International Centre for Human Rights and Drug Policy

Moderated discussion - Pathways to Implementation

  • Opportunities to use the guidelines in ongoing efforts in EECA to integrate human rights in drug policy across health, criminal justice and development in countries
  • Guidelines’ implementation pathways for the region: self-assessment tool for drug policy compliance with human rights
  • Role of national human rights institutions in advancing human rights in drug policy discussion
  • Guidelines implementation in action – case-study from Albanian judges training

Speakers:

  • Michel Kazatchkine - United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia
  • Thomas Kattau – Deputy Executive Secretary, Pompidou Group
  • Sabina Aliyeva - Commissioner for Human Rights (Ombudsman) of the Republic of Azerbaijan
  • Erlanda Agaj – Judge, District Court of Fier, Albania


Moderator: Alexandra Volgina – Programme Manager, Global Network of People Living with HIV

BREAK

Lightning talk – Justice system and legal aid

Best practice from Moldova justice institutions partnership: National Institute of Justice, National Legal Aid Council, National Association of Paralegals and NGOs.

Victor Zaharia - Chair, National Legal Aid Council, the Republic of Moldova

Implementation workshops: Day 2

These workshop discussions will enable participants to brainstorm creative and practical ways to use the Guidelines to support progressive changes in drug policy around three themes:

  1. Right to freedom of opinion, expression and information: importance of the access to drug policy related and harm reduction information – online vs offline; freedom of opinion and expression; addressing shrinking space for civil society for ‘talks on drugs’.
  2. Children and adolescents: new approaches in education and prevention through evidence-based interventions as well as accurate and objective educational programs and information campaigns.
  3. Women and gender: right to access health care, including sexual and reproductive care for women who use drugs; protection from gender-based violence; protection of LGBTQ+ people who use drugs.
  4. Right to participation and community empowerment: addressing freedom of association and peaceful assembly; community participation in drug policy decision making; role of community-led monitoring in monitoring the impact of drug laws, policies and practices.

Participants will prioritize, and the moderators will share back with the larger group in plenary.

Moderators:

  • Women and gender (simultaneous translation): Svitlana Moroz, Chair of the Board, Eurasian Women’s Network on AIDS (EWNA)
  • Right to freedom of opinion, expression and information: In Russian: Mikhail Golichenko, Senior Policy Analyst, HIV Legal Network. In English: Damon Barrett, Co-Director, International Centre for Human Rights and Drug Policy
  • Children and adolescents: In Russian: Yana Panfilova, Head of the Board, Eurasian Union of adolescents and youth ‘Teenergizer’, In English: Andrey Poshtaruk, Regional Advisor on HIV/AIDS, UNFPA Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Ruslan Malyuta, HIV/AIDS Specialist, UNICEF Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia
  • Right to participation and community empowerment: In Russian: David Subeliani, community of people who use drugs, Georgia. In English: Judy Chang, Executive Director, INPUD

BREAK

Lightning talk – Access to information and the right to participation: Narcofeminism movement in Central Asia

Lessons learnt and way forward for movement of women who use drugs for their right to publicly speak about the impact of drug repression on their lives.

Alla Bessonova – Head, Women’s Network of Key Populations, Kyrgyzstan

Plenary - Report back from each implementation workshop

  1. Audience discussion
  2. Next steps

Report back by: Svitlana Moroz, Mikhail Golichenko, Damon Barrett, Yana Panfilova, Ruslan Malyuta, David Subeliani, Judy Chang

Facilitator: Natalia Podogova

Plenary – concluding reflections

Daniel Brombacher - Head, Global Partnership on Drug Policies and Development, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Dialogues Infographics - download the PDF here

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