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Filming at the Harm Reduction 2013 Conference

The International Harm Reduction Conference was organized in Vilnius, Lithunaia this year - more than thousand activists, professionals and decision makers have gathered to discuss the key issues and challanges of harm reduction from all over the world. The video advocacy team of the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU) attended the conference and filmed the most interesting sessions and produced several short videos available on YouTube.

Click here to watch our 5 minutes video report from the conference!

Some people say harm reduction is a Troyan horse of drug legalization - others say harm reduction is about public health and not about politics. The Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) made a powerful speech at the International Harm Reduction Conference in Vilnius on this issue - watch him on our video!

In a statement released at the Harm Reduction International Conference in Vilnius, Ukraine International HIV/AIDS Alliance has announced that last year, for the first time since 1999, there was a reduction in the number of new HIV cases in the Ukraine, thanks to harm reduction services funded by international donors. Watch our video and learn how this country could beat the HIV epidemic with the help of harm reduction programs!

Ruth Dreifuss, the former president of Switzerland made a speech at the opening session of the International Harm Reduction Conference. She spoke about the need to have a more comprehensive understanding of harm reduction that goes beyond the traditional public health definition of this term. "Time has come to a broader understanding of harms produced by the moralistic condemnation of activities which do not harm others," said Ms. Dreifuss. The pursuit of the dream of a drug-free society leads to executions, murders, mass imprisonment and other human rights abuses - we cannot ignore the broader, international context of drug policy related harms. Watch her speech on our video!

There are three magical words very few politicans dare to utter: I was wrong. Mr. Alexander Kwasniewski, the former president of Poland is among them. Last May he published an op-ed in the New York Times in which he publicly apoligized for signing a bill in 2000 that criminalized people who use drugs. He has realized that the society had to pay a terrible price for criminalization. It has not led to less drug use but filled prisons with young people and creates huge black market. This year he is attending the Harm Reduction 2013 Conference in Vilnius, Lithuania, where he spoke at the opening plenary. The Drugreporter video advocacy team filmed his speech and we posted it uncut!

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Peter Sarosi

Drug Policy Program Director
Budapest, Pest Hungary

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