Support don’t punish – Global action against punishment for using drugs
21 June, 2018
Support don’t punish – Global action against punishment for using drugs
Every year on May 6 people around the world organize actions (gatherings, marches and Flash Mobs) to call for better drug policies in public health and human rights. The campaign “Support don’t punish” aims to attract positive media attention and raise awareness of the campaign issues. 26th June is the day of the United Nations International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking and a day on which many governments celebrate their contribution to “war on drugs”. By organizing actions, people
can help to “reclaim” the message on this important day.


Support. Don't Punish.

Georgia sides with the campaign every year. The demonstration intends to urge the government to alter repressive drug policy and to begin a humane approach to the problem. They believe the problem should be a matter of Human Rights and Social Welfare rather than Police and government structures. The Government should offer services for rehabilitation, medical treatment and re-socialization. The action aims to replace punishment of people who already try to quit drugs.
geotv.ge
Demonstrations for drug liberalization, Photo courtesy: www.sputnik-georgia.com


The action “Support, don’t punish” will be held on June 26 at Dedaena Park by Drug Policy National Platform. The members of the society claim that the Government’s Policy proved ineffective since the following reasons:

1.”Zero Tolerance” and repressive drug policy do not work, the number of drug users are increasing every year. At present, there are 52,000 drug users with severe problems.

2. In terms of problematic drug users in the world, Georgia has 3rd place preceded by Russia and the Seychelles.

3. There is not a single proper residential treatment center in Georgia.

4. 18 million GEL of state budget is directed at compulsory drug testing in the streets. In 2017 68% of the finances were spent on those who turned out to be non-users. 

5. According to the latest account (14.03.2017) of Council Of Europe – Annual Penal Statistics, 30.8% of the prisoners serve a sentence for drugs, which means that every 3rd prisoner is a victim of the repressive drug policy.

6. Based on various researches, in case of no rehabilitation 100% of the charged come back to using drugs (89% immediately after leaving the prison, 11% in months).
geotv.ge
Supporting Georgian clubs, Photo courtesy: www.facebook.com/WNmovement/

Recent events in Georgia is a proof of the problem severity. At the end of the last month, there were demonstrations on the main avenue of the capital against conducted raids at most popular Georgian clubs Bassiani and Café Gallery. As the representatives of Ministry of Internal Affairs say, the reason behind the special raid was to detain drug traders who have been tracked at the venues. The armed raids had been part of the government's response to five drug deaths over the past two weeks. Georgians were divided into two parts: one group who justified and the other group who criticized the government’s action. There was a misunderstanding why drug dealers were not detained outside the club, who let harmful drugs spread throughout the country or why only two clubs were at fault ( Bassiani is popular not only in Georgia but around the world). Eventually, demonstrations were ended by meeting with the minister of Internal Affairs who pledged demonstrators to revise drug policy.
geotv.ge
Supporting Georgian clubs, Photo courtesy: www.facebook.com/WNmovement/

In March, Transparency International Georgia published a survey about different issues. One of them was the issue of drugs. It turned out that majority of interviewees consider that people should not go to prison for light and club drugs. While there is only 10 % difference between for and against serving a sentence for using Intravenous drugs.
geotv.ge
Interviewees support serving a sentence for using light, club and Intravenous drugs by 25%, 36%, 53% respectively as opposed to 72%, 56% and 43% who are against the statement, Photo courtesy: http://www.transparency.ge

The organizers of Drug Policy National Platform believes that the only solution to the problem is support, solidarity and education.

The first photo courtesy:www.fileserver.idpc.net

Related stories:

Georgia’s techno club Bassiani opens after being locked by police for 11 days

Citizens protest special operations conducted in Bassiani and Café Gallery clubs

Transparency International Georgia publishes a survey about the most trusted Georgian Institutions

Georgia Takes on Drugs Decriminalization
Print
Other Stories
UNICEF Launches Online Consultations For Pregnant Women Concerning COVID-19
Pregnant women throughout Georgia are invited to attend free virtual sessions led by top gynecologists and have answers to their most pressing questions answered, - reads the statement by UNICEF.
UNDP - Boosting Georgia’s Public Healthcare With Digital Solutions
UNDP Georgia states that boosting the healthcare system with digital solutions in Georgia will enable thousands of medical staff to improve their skills in treating infectious diseases.
Railway Travel Has Been Resumed Today, June 15
According to a government decree, rail traffic has been resumed today, June 15.
The Second Wave Of Covid-19 is Expected In Georgia
According to Paata Imnadze, Deputy Director of the National Center for Disease Control, the second wave of coronavirus will most likely occur, and if the population does not follow the rules, it will occur sooner.
60 273 Coronavirus PCR Tests Have Been Done in Georgia So Far
The government's report about the measures taken against COVID-19 says that 60 273 coronavirus PCR testings were done on primary samples in Georgia in the period of 30 January - 3 June.
Georgia Reopens Shops and Malls
All kinds of open shops, including malls, have been opened in Georgia today.
Municipal Transport Services Resumed in Georgia
All kinds of municipal transport services – including Tbilisi Metro – have been resumed throughout Georgia today.
Municipal Transport to Reopen From May 29 in Georgia
All types of municipal transport will be reopened from May 29, Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Gakharia said at the meeting of the Inter-Agency Coordination Council on COVID-19 today.
Tourists Have to Present a Covid-19 Test Result Before Entering Georgia
According to Amiran Gamkrelidze, Head of the National Center for Disease Control, tourists will likely have to present a document while entering Georgia that they had been tested in the last 72 hours and the result was negative.
Covid-19 Restrictions Lifted In Georgia
As the epidemiological situation allows to accelerate certain situations, some restrictions have been lifted today in Georgia.
Some Covid-19 Restrictions To be Lifted In Georgia From May 18
Some of the restrictions imposed due to coronavirus spread is going to be lifted in Georgia from Monday, May 18.
The State Of Emergency Will Not Be Extended in Georgia
According to the Prime Minister, Giorgi Gakharia, the government will not address the President with a request to extend the state of emergency after May 22.
Village in Bolnisi Municipality to be Set Under Quarantine
Based on the decision made by the Interagency Coordinating Council, due to the high epidemiological risk, strict quarantine restrictions have been enacted in the village of Geta, Bolnisi Municipality, as part of the state of emergency.
Georgia to partially lift coronavirus-related restrictions on May 5
Georgia starts to partially lift some of the coronavirus related restrictions which were banned under the state of emergency.
9 patients die from COVID-19 as number of infected nears 600
The ninth patient has died of coronavirus in Georgia, who was 58-year-old in a critical condition.
Four Georgian sailors, who escaped from pirates, are safe
The Maritime Transport Agency said they are working with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the issue related to the abduction of Georgian sailors by pirates in Nigeria.
Georgian couple exercises acrobatic tricks in a lockdown
The worldwide lockdown has changed many lives. If before pandemic it was usual to go out in the evening with a friend, drink beer or sip coffee, pandemic has changed the way people spend time.
Will flights be safe after the pandemic? – Visualization proves opposite
Nearly all passenger flights have been grounded after the coronavirus outbreak and declaration of the worldwide pandemic.
Epidemic in Georgia is contained, top Georgian health expert says
Georgia has managed to contain the epidemic, Amiran Gamkrelidze, Head of the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health said.
Georgia may be among the first countries which get remdesivir medicine
There is a hope that Georgia will be among the first countries which receive remdesivir medicine from the US, Tengiz Tsertsvadze, General Director of the Tbilisi Infectious Diseases Hospital said.
Georgia receives 40 thousand PCR tests from China
Georgia has received 40 thousand PCR tests from china, including 20 thousand antibody tests as a gift from the Chinese government, Healthcare Minister, Ekaterine Tikaradze said, who met the cargo at the airport.
COVID-19 will end in Georgia by June, study says
Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) publishes new study which forecasts possible end of the coronavirus pandemic in the world and some of the other countries, including Georgia.
Coronavirus cases reach 511 as Georgia passes peak of the spread
The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus has increased to 511 in Georgia.
More than 100 thousand people downloaded covonavirus tracking app in Georgia
More than 100 thousand people in Georgia have downloaded a new government smartphone application designed to aid coronavirus contact tracing efforts.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
GEL Exchange Rate
Convertor
22.09.2020
23.09.2020
USD
1
USD
3.2295
3.2537
EUR
1
EUR
3.8050
3.8267
GBP
1
GBP
4.1502
4.1787
RUB
100
RUB
4.2349
4.2850
Other Stories
World famous British singer Jessie J has decided to wear clothes made by Anouki Areshidze, Georgian designer and wife of the mayor of Tbilisi.
Bassiani, one of the most popular underground clubs not only in Georgia but throughout Europe as well, has opened today
An amazing video made in Georgia by tourists from the Philippines have gone viral on the internet.
Over the recent two days May 12-13 Tbilisi city saw a peaceful protest rally in the center of the city.
Hundreds of people took to the main street Rustaveli Avenue in Tbilisi to protest the raid in Tbilisi’s popular night clubs.
Two bear cubs listed as endangered on the red list were handed over to Tbilisi Zoo,
Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze and Deputy Tbilisi Mayor Ms. Sophio Khuntsaria have gifted a food stand
Pamela Anderson, famous Canadian American actress and model has appeared in the chic sunglasses by internationally acclaimed Georgian designer George Keburia.
A ski lift accident in Georgia’s eastern Gudauri resort,in particular at Sadzele 5 lift, has left 8 people with injuries.
The ski lift in Gudauri winter resort in Georgia has broke down in the aftermath of which several people have been injured.
GEL Exchange
USD
1
USD
3.2537
EUR
1
EUR
3.8267
GBP
1
GBP
4.1787
RUB
100
RUB
4.2850