Advocacy

08
September
2014

Comments on important documents on drug issues

National strategy - National action plan
In the summertime and after a big pressure that reached till the Prime Minister's office, we were given the possibility to send our comments upon the draft of the National Strategy and the Action plan on drugs, prepared by the official commission chaired by the National Coordinator on drugs, mrs Diamantopoulou - Papoutsopoulou. At the beginning all greek 6 NGOs working together in the civil society platform on drugs we have provided the National Coordinator with a common statement, which you may find in greek here.

Furthermore we have agreed that each organization that wishes so may give seperately some detailed comments. PRAKSIS underlined the following:

  • the need to stay alert concerning new diagnoses on HIV, Hepatitis and TB among PWUD, as prevalence remains in high level,
  • the need to evaluate and adjust the prevention programs and strategy taking under consideration that Greek REITOX recent data show increase of cannabis use among young people,
  • the need to open the dialogue upon the upcoming trend in some countries concerning the legalizastion of cannabis,
  • the adoption of the comprehensive package proposed by the 3 more important international organizations (WHO, UNODC, UNAIDS), concerning harm reduction,
  • the need for legal coverage for the drug consumption rooms,
  • the need to change the legal frame in order to support volunteer, free of charge and anonymous testing for HIV and other STIs,
  • the participation of the civil society in a 2 years european program concerning monitoring and reporting of New Psychoactive Substances in collaboration with the greek REITOX focal point and greek drug users.

Charter rights of dependent individuals
Through a totally different procedure, and daring to say learning from previous errors made, the General Secretary of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights put from the very first moment the draft document in public consultation. The draft was prepared by Professor Meni Malliori and Lawyer Danai Papachristopoulou.

PRAKSIS had the opportunity to comment twice, the second time together with the International Drug Policy Consortium.
The main parts underlined were:

  • the need for a more participatory role for PWUD in every level through which policy is shaped and concerns people who use drugs,
  • the need to state all written commitments that our country has signed in different agreements,
  • the more systematic reference concerning harm reduction rights in order to be equally recognized within the document to the rights in treatment and care.

We are now waiting for the final version of the documents hoping to see if not all our comments at least some of them incorporated. Through this procedure civil society proves that wants to be among the active stakeholders because can state its point, some views, proposals and ideas.

30
November
2013

Comments of PRAKSIS in relation to ECRI's upcoming fifth monitoring cycle

ECRI is a human rights body of the Council of Europe, composed of independent experts, which monitors problems of racism, xenophobia, antisemitism, intolerance and discrimination on grounds such as "race", national/ethnic origin, colour, citizenship, religion and language (racial discrimination); it prepares reports and issues recommendations to member States.

In ECRI's scheduled or special reports PRAKSIS participates in every step of the procedure is proposed by the body. Therefore concerning the upcoming fifth monitoring cycle of Greece which is expected within 2014, we have sent our own report, which you may read in english here. You may also read the ultimate ECRI's report here.

25
January
2014

The HIV epidemic among injecting drug users in Greece during the economic crisis

PRAKSIS' Advocacy Officer has collaborated with Diogenis association in order to elaborate and publish a report concerning what has happened in Greece with the HIV epidemic outburst among injecting drug users. In the document you may find a seria of facts, reasons that led Greece to face this epidemic, interventions on behalf of the state, governmental institutions, academics, civil society and some proposals that they must be adopted in a national strategy in order to combat the negative effects of the unsafe use of injected drugs.
You may download the full report here:
http://www.diogenis.info/ckfinder/userfiles/files/Briefing_Paper_No_4_HIV_2014_doc.pdf

10
July
2014

PRAKSIS in the HIV / AIDS Forum of the EU Civil Society

Thursday, 10 July 2014 Categories: Networking

19
August
2014

PRAKSIS is a new IDPC member

On July 2014 PRAKSIS was accepted as an official network member in the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC). IDPC is one of the biggest and more reliable networks worldwide that works on drug policy, giving many opportunities for networking with many organizations, sending and receiving information and providing excellent tools for policy making and advocacy on drug issues.
More on the IDPC you can find in PRAKSIS announcements but also if you go straigth to the network's webpage: www.idpc.net

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21
August
2014

W​​hat is AIDS Action Europe?

​AIDS Action Europe was established in 2004 and has grown to be one of the largest HIV-related networks in the region. ​The network reaches beyond the borders of the European Union and covers all 53 countries in Europe and Central Asia. AAE's mission is to bring together civil society to work towards a more effective response to the HIV epidemic in Europe and Central Asia. Members of ​the network comprise a diversity of about 450 NGOs, national networks, AIDS service organisations, activists and community based groups of people living with HIV.​ PRAKSIS has been a member of this broad network of civil society organizations since 2012.

​Through advocacy and agenda-setting at global, European, national and local levels, AIDS Action Europe influences HIV policies​, ensur ​ing​ that the voices of NGOs are heard by policy makers, European institutions and key stakeholders. ​AAE co-chairs the EU HIV/AIDS Civil Society Forum and is a member of the EU HIV/AIDS Think Tank. Other channels used are EU presidencies and international meetings. Minutes of each of the above mentioned meetings can be found here.

Recently there was an open call among member-organizations in order to renew the Steering Committee of AAE. It was recently announced that in the new SC and for the next three years PRAKSIS's advocacy officer, Marianella Kloka, will be part (among others).

 

08
October
2014

PRAKSIS appointed as national focal point to EuroHRN

The European Harm Reduction Network (EuroHRN) has been recently formed by ten organisations with a shared interest in advocating for and sharing knowledge on harm reduction within Europe. It is made up of three sub-regional networks covering North, South and Eastern Europe and managed by a coordinator based at the International Harm Reduction Association.

In the scope of this initiative, APDES is the lead organization of the South Europe Sub-Regional Network with the support of AFR (France), where are included the countries from the South (Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Greece, Cyprus, Italy). In each country, the EuroHRN counts with the representation of a Focal Point, an NGO who can function as contact and reference point in their respective country. The focal points can be approached from time to time to provide country specific information, to mediate to other experts in the field and to cooperate in the development of specific project activities.

APDES has appointed PRAKSIS as national focal point concerning Greece. We are fully aware of the responsibilities emerged by this invitation. At the same time we do appreciate this movement as it provides us with the opportunity to collaborate in a closest way with the EuroHRN. Harm Reduction interventions are very delicate issues and not always easy to implement due to burocratic, economic or political reasons. Under this frame we feel that EuroHRN will be very supportive to all key factors such as institutions, experts and civil society.

EuroHRN logo

22
October
2014

Press conference for the Campaign regarding the “Access to Asylum “.

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The Campaign for "Access to Asylum " in Greece has conducted several autopsies in six detention centers as well as in police detention facilities since the beginning of 2014. During the aforementioned autopsies, the responsible discussed not only with the police, but also with the detainees and prisoners, including minors, and found a number serious prisoners' rights violations, both in terms of access to asylum and of their conditions of detention.

The main outcome of these autopsies is the fact that in Greece, access to Asylum is still problematic. The conditions of detention regarding refugees and migrants, including minors and extremely vulnerable cases, are extremely hard, inhuman and humiliating (the latter has been also judged by the European Court of Human Rights), they become even more unbearable due to the unacceptable practice of many months of detention, which now exceed the legal allowable limit of eighteen (18) months.

A press conference is going to be organized tomorrow, Thursday, October 23, 2014, at 12.00, in the hall of the Athens Bar Association (Academy 60), regarding the announcement of the results and in particular the recommendations to the authorities. PRAKSIS, as a member organization of the initiative, invites you to attend this press conference.

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