A coalition of organizations
has launched an international day of action, in support of drug users in
Thailand, scheduled for June 12. Initial supporters of the collective
action include Lifeline, The (Methadone) Alliance, the UK Harm Reduction
Alliance, Transform Drug Policy Institute and the International Harm Reduction
Association, along with many drug user activists and others who are outraged
at the extra-judicial killing of drug users that has become common in Thailand
since their government pledged to completely eliminate drug use this year.
Support has been pledged
by Lifeline Publications to bring Thai drug users over to the UK for the
day of action and to provide a firsthand account of their experiences.
The International Harm Reduction Association (IHRA) has pledged to pay
for accommodation and expenses for the visit.
There will be high profile
actions in support of Thai drug users at the Thai Embassy in London and
at the consulate in Liverpool and in other regions across the UK.
Plans are rapidly being developed and will be announced on both the UKHRA
and Lifeline web sites as soon as they are confirmed.
The coalition is calling
on all drug services, drug user groups and individuals to support this
action. While the plight of drug users is dire in many countries,
the sheer loss of life in Thailand at this moment is at a different level:
3,000 people have been killed since January in the government's war on
Demonstrations will be held
outside the Thai consulate in Liverpool and the Thai Embassy in London
on June 12. The coalition also asks those who cannot attend to arrange
a minute of silence in their workplaces at 2:OOpm on that day.
T-shirts supporting the action
can be purchased from Lifeline, with all profits going to the Thai Drug
User Network. Visit http://www.ukhra.org
to buy your t-shirt or for further details about the event and situation.
Contact Michael Linnell at [email protected]
for further information, to pledge support or to find out about organizing
a local event.
DRCNet coverage of the recent
Other Thailand drug war coverage:
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Issue #288, 5/23/03
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