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Brazil’s illegal treatment of women in prison
Under Brazilian law, women shall be held in prisons exclusively for women; in reality most of them are housed in wings within male prisons, where the risk of abuse is high. Alongside Brazil’s female prison population has increased by 161% in the last decade.
China vows to intensify drug war
Chinese officials have called for an intensified crackdown on drug use, mistakenly believing that it will reduce drug use, after months of strengthening the country’s international drug control ties with neighbouring nations.
Publications
The core components of a gender sensitive service for women experiencing multiple disadvantage: A review of the literature This literature review continues where the Women at Risk report left off, encompassing the same areas of disadvantage faced by women: Contact with the criminal justice system, homelessness, involvement in prostitution or sexual exploitation, serious problems with drug and/or alcohol.
Do no harm - Health, human rights and people who use drugs Evidence supports the need for a shift in the global approach to drug use. In this report, Do no harm: health, human rights and people who use drugs, UNAIDS shows what works to reduce the impact of HIV and other harms related to drug use. Countries that have moved away from laws and policies that are harmful to people who use drugs and that have increased investment in harm reduction have reduced new HIV infections and improved health outcomes. These policies also deliver broader social benefits, such as lower levels of drug-related crime and reduced pressure on health-care and criminal justice systems.
Opioid substitution treatment in New South Wales, Australia Written by Dr Alex Wodak AM, Emeritus Consultant, Alcohol and Drug Service, St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney. President, Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation. Director, Australia21