News

February 2017

Judy Chang Appointed as Executive Director of INPUD

INPUD is very pleased to announce the appointment of Judy Chang as our new Executive Director. As of February 2017, Judy is responsible for leading INPUD towards its mission and purpose, responsible for the operationalisation of INPUD’s strategy, for overseeing the representation of INPUD, and is the key liaison with civil society and INPUD’s donors.

 

For the last 8 years, Judy has worked in the HIV and community health and development field across areas of programme management, resource mobilisation, and communications, and has been increasingly involved in harm reduction, community mobilisation and drug policy work, particularly in regards to women who use drugs. She has worked across India, China, and Thailand. She holds a Master’s in International Development and is an MPhil Candidate at the National Drug Research Institute, Australia. Judy has been using drugs for almost 20 years, and was on OST for close to 10 years.

 

This appointment is part of a wider set of changes within the INPUD Secretariat that reflect the global nature of our organisation. In the last year we have moved to a regional membership model, and have in place an elected, regionally-representative Board. We have also developed a new organisational structure and are soon to unveil INPUD’s 2017-2020 strategic plan. Judy forms part of a new and vibrant leadership team which includes Brun González, Board Chair, Geoff Ward, vice-Chair and Jay Levy, Deputy Director of the INPUD Secretariat. In the midst of these transitions, INPUD remains steadfast in our commitment to our principles of pro drug-user rights, proequality and self-determination.

 

31st January 2017

Please find attached a Job Description and Person Specification advertising the post of Monitoring and Evaluation Officer for INPUD. The post is based at the INPUD Secretariat Office, Elephant and Castle, London.

 

Applications should be made in writing with a covering letter that must address all selection criteria.

Please accompany your application with current curriculum vitae (CV) and the names and contact details of at least two referees, which must include your current or most recent employer.

 

Please send your application by email to: jobs@inpud.net

 

Deadline for applications midnight on 7th February 2017

Deadline now extended until 14th February 2017

 

Good luck!

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Global Week of Action

 

Over the past months, thousands of people who use drugs and people suspected of using and/or selling drugs have been killed in the Philippines. The Filipino President, Rodrigo Duterte, is responsible: he has repeatedly encouraged the police and the general public to murder people suspected of being drug users and/or of dealing drugs. As a result, people who use drugs no longer have the right to life in the Philippines.

 

The President of the Philippines has promoted, incited, and actively endorsed the extrajudicial killings.  He has vocally ridiculed statements by the United Nations to respect life, human rights, wellbeing, and welfare of the most marginalised within Filipino society as “very stupid”. Efforts of United Nations agencies to date have been ineffectual and insufficient. Indeed, they have been dismissed outright by Duterte. President Duterte has revoked the human, civil, and political rights of people who use drugs, who continue to be tortured and butchered in the streets. These crimes are being committed with utter impunity.

 

Monday 10th October 2016 will kick off a week of sustained actions targeting the Filipino president and government through peaceful demonstrations at embassies and consulates of the Philippines around the world.

 

The Asian Network of People who Use Drugs (ANPUD) and the International Network of People who Use Drugs (INPUD) will be joined by other drug user networks and activists, as well as human rights and drug policy agencies, to urgently demand a halt to the killing of people who use drugs in the Philippines.

 

August 2016

Prior to and since his election this year, Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte has repeatedly and vehemently called for police and the general public to kill people suspected of using or dealing drugs.  He has called for and endorsed extrajudicial killings. Hundreds of people have been extrajudicially murdered since Duterte took office as president. President Duterte has suspended the civil, human, and political rights of people who use drugs, who are being killed in the streets. Simply put, people who use drugs no longer have the right to life in the Philippines.

Responses to the Killings
In July, over 300 international NGOs, including the International Network of People who Use Drugs (INPUD), called on the United Nations to take immediate action on the hundreds of extrajudicial killings of suspected drug offenders in the Philippines. We emphasised that “the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)… have failed to condemn the Philippines for these gross human rights violations committed in the name of drug control”. Now, the Executive Director of the UNODC has released a statement condemning the killings in the Philippines. This is, in part, good news, and the statement emphasises that the killings will undermine efforts to ensure that “all people can live in health, dignity and peace, with security and prosperity”; today, people who use drugs are still being targeted by these extrajudicial executions and acts of appalling violence. It is people who use drugs and their communities whose human rights are being violated.