News

August 2016

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

 

About INPUD

The International Network of People who Use Drugs (INPUD) is a global peer-based organisation that seeks to promote the health and defend the rights of people who use drugs. INPUD will expose and challenge stigma, discrimination, and the criminalisation of people who use drugs and its impact on the drug-using community’s health and rights. INPUD will achieve this through processes of empowerment and advocacy at the international level, while supporting empowerment and advocacy at community, national, and regional levels. www.inpud.net

 

About the Role

Post:                                    Finance Officer

Accountable to:                Office Manager, Executive Director, and Board Treasurer

Place of work:                   INPUD Secretariat, Elephant and Castle, London, UK

Hours:                                 Three days a week

Term of contract:             One year rolling

Salary:                                 GBP £28-32,000 pro rata (depending on experience)

 

The successful candidate will need to be based in London, United Kingdom.

 

INPUD is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including members of the drug using community, as well as people living with HIV and/or hepatitis and LGBTQI people.

 

Job Description

Processing invoices and expenses in accounting system.

·        Responsible for recording, interpreting, classifying, analysing, reporting all financial transactions.

August 2016

INPUD and ANPUD invite members, allies, and friends to email or telephone their local Philippines consulate or national Embassy. Contact information can be found here.

 

If telephoning, ask to be put through to their political section (if they have one) or to the consular section.

 

Be polite – remember you are not trying to convince the person you are speaking with (who may agree with you anyway) – you are ringing to register a statement of concern.

 

Any hint of lecture, admonishment, or reprimand, will, at the very least, be ignored, and could fuel backlash. Likewise, it is not advised to raise the issue of human rights as – very unfortunately – this has no traction with the current government.

 

We suggest something along these lines:

 

“I would like to register a statement of concern from (myself/my organisational) about the extrajudicial killing of people who use or sell drugs in the Philippines.

People who use drugs are human beings. I/We fear for the safety of people who use drugs in the Philippines, for their families and communities, and I am gravely concerned about the impact of such violence on the society of the Philippines as a whole.

Please ask the President to call an amnesty on the killings, and instead to use evidence-based approaches and to focus on health and wellbeing. Thank you.”

21 July 2016

The Human Rights and Demands of People who Use Drugs

Last year, INPUD published our Consensus Statement on Drug Use under Prohibition. It emphasised the fundamental human rights of people who use drugs, and the demands which must be met in order for those human rights to be realised. It emphatically stated that people who use drugs are entitled to their human rights, which must be protected by the rule of law, and that we have the right to life and security of person. And it emphasised that people who use drugs have the right not to be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment.

A Denial of Rights; a Denial of Humanity

Let us not be vague: people who use drugs are being killed. People have continued to die as a result of the drugs they use being of unknown purity and content due to their black market production – which demonstrably and directly results from prohibition. Opposition to harm reduction interventions has continued to drive catastrophically high incidence and prevalence of blood-borne infections like HIV and hepatitis C. And the cost of treatment for hepatitis C – the most important infection affecting people who inject drugs – has resulted in people continuing to die utterly needlessly from an entirely curable disease. Compounding this, the lack of access to antiretroviral drugs for people living with HIV has similarly resulted in ongoing and preventable morbidity and mortality.

July 2016

Halt to killings of People who Use Drugs in the Philippines

INPUD (the International Network of People who Use Drugs) and ANPUD (the Asian Network of People who Use Drugs) urgently request a halt be called on the killing of people who use drugs in the Philippines. We implore Your Excellency President Duterte to reconsider the current approach of executing people who use drugs in favour of internationally accepted, evidence-based alternatives.

 

Tolerance, Social Inclusion, and an End to Poverty

People who use drugs are not inherently evil. We are mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, sisters, brothers, and grandparents. We are people.  We care for our families and communities, and we are human beings, just as valuable and important in our contributions to society as all other citizens. The death of these people is avoidable, and will cause untold suffering and pain to their families and to the community as a whole.

 

Your Excellency President Duterte, we agree with you that it is very important to alleviate poverty and marginalisation, and to promote inclusive communities and families. As you know, drug use in the Philippines is particularly visible among the poor. Do those who are already disadvantaged deserve the further hardship of fear, persecution, and even death? You yourself have pledged to combat poverty in the Philippines. Increasing difficulty for the most marginalised and economically disenfranchised citizens, and their families and communities, is surely not what you desire.