• Immediate release for Martin Barriuso and his two fellow activists

    Tom Blickman
    Wednesday, November 16, 2011

    Martin Barriuso, the president of of Pannagh and the Federation of Cannabis Associations (FAC) in Spain and two fellow activist from Pannagh have been arrested for drug trafficking on Monday, November 14, 2011. TNI wishes to express its support for the demand to immediately release of Barriuso and his fellow activists. Pannagh always has been transparent in their wish to create a regulated cannabis distribution system among adults to prevent a criminal black market.

  • ATS and Harm Reduction

    Findings from a workshop in Burma/Myanmar
    Tom Blickman
    Friday, November 4, 2011

    Problematic use of amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS) has become a significant health and social problem in East and Southeast Asia, in particular the use of methamphetamine, the most potent amphetamine derivative and most widely used substance in the region, known as yaba or yama.

  • The State of Harm Reduction in Europe

    Peter Sarosi
    Hungarian Civil Liberty Union (HCLU)
    Wednesday, November 2, 2011

    The film crew of the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU) attended the first meeting of the European Harm Reduction Network (EuroHRN) in Marseille, France. We interviewed professionals and activists from several countries to give you an overview of the current state of harm reduction in Europe – please watch and share our movie!

  • In memoriam: Adrian Cowell

    Martin Jelsma Tom Kramer
    Thursday, October 27, 2011

    Adrian Cowell, a groundbreaking documentary film maker and good friend, died earlier this month in London. The last time he was with us at TNI in Amsterdam was in 2009 for a meeting with representatives from opium growing regions in northern Burma, where we also showed his TV documentary 'The Heroin Wars'.

  • Drug law reform in Greece

    Thanasis Apostolou
    Thursday, October 6, 2011

    On August 2, 2011 the Minister of Justice presented to the Committee on Social Affairs of the Greek Parliament the changes proposed by the legislative committee to reform the drug laws. The basic reforms of the law include: the decriminalization of drug use. The proposal considers drug use as an act of self-harm and has to be addressed by the legislator in the same way as dependence of tobacco or alcohol which are not less dangerous and harmful to health but are not considered as crime.

  • World Drug Day 2011 - Counting the Costs of the War on Drugs!

    Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU)
    September 5, 2011

    dollarsAnniversaries are always good to catalyize drug policy reform activities – and 2011 is very special anniversary. It is the 50th anniversary of the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, the first international treaty prohibiting (some) drugs. NGOs launched an international campaign to show the world that the war on drugs creates massive costs, resulting from the enforcement-led approach that puts organised crime in control of the trade.

  • Treaty guardians in distress

    The inquisitorial nature of the INCB response to Bolivia
    Martin Jelsma
    Monday, July 11, 2011

    incb-ghodse-lucas-small2Just when you start to see glimmers of hope that the troubled UN drug control system is opening up for a change process, its principal guardian the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) does it again… In a press release on July 5, the INCB secretariat condemned Bolivia’s decision to denounce the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs and re-accede with a reservation on the coca leaf.

    Versione italiana: La Bolivia sotto Inquisizione

  • Dutch government to ban tourists from cannabis shops?

    Tom Blickman
    Tuesday, June 28, 2011

    coffeeshoplicenseUnder legislation spearheaded by the conservative government, only Dutch residents will be allowed to enter cannabis-selling coffeeshops. The Dutch government announced on Friday, 27 May, that it will push ahead with plans requiring those purchasing marijuana in the country’s coffeeshops to first obtain an official pass — a move designed to curtail tourists from buying the drug. The announcement hit the international headlines.

  • The Drug War Must End: More Evidence from Thailand

    Kathleen Kingsbury
    Tuesday, June 21, 2011

    Only weeks after the Global Commission on Drug Policy called for the end of the drug war, new video testimony from Thailand reinforces why this is a necessary step to ensuring public health.

  • Love is what transforms ...

    The HCLU's video interview with Sonja Sohn - the actress who played Kima Greggs in The Wire
    Friday, June 17, 2011

    kimaThe Wire has been described by many critics as the greatest television series ever made and it has been praised for its realistic portrayal of urban life - especially the war on drugs. The HCLU video advocacy team are definiteley great fans of the show - just as the TNI team. One of our favourite characters was Detective Kima Greggs. Sonja Sohn - the actress who played Kima - attended the 8th National Harm Reduction Conference in Austin, Texas organized by the Harm Reduction Coalition, where she was so kind to give an interview to HCLU.


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