CSOs in Nigeria lead workshop on "Support. Don't Punish" campaign to end the criminalization of people who use drugs

Posted on behalf of Okereke Chinwike, President & CEO of the African Law Foundation (AFRILAW), Nigeria

On June 26th, 2015 in Enugu, Nigeria, the AFRILAW Foundation organized a workshop on the global policy advocacy campaign “Support. Don’t Punish” Campaign, which aims to promote drug policies that respect human rights and protect public health, to change laws and policies that impede access to harm reduction interventions and other evidence-based services, and to end the criminalization of people who use drugs.

The Network of CSOs on Drugs in Nigeria Enugu representatives lead by African Law Foundation (AFRILAW) in partnership with PRAWA and Society for Improvement of Rural People (SIRP) organised 1 Day Enugu CSOs Forum for CSOs and NGOs from the South-East region of Nigeria. About 35 CSOs representatives from Enugu, Ebonyi and Anambra State attended the forum. Also, a Radio Interactive Phone-In programme was held by Mr. Nonso Maduka of PRAWA and Barr. Okereke Chinwike of AFRILAW at the Dream FM, Enugu on Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015.

During the forum, the lectures were given on UN Word Drugs Day Campaign: Let’s Develop Our Lives, Our Communities and Our Identities without Drugs; Drugs and Health Challenges; Understanding the “Support. Don’t Punish” Campaign and Nigeria Drug Law and Policy Framework.

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