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.
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.
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.
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.
Processing invoices and expenses in accounting system.
· Responsible for recording, interpreting, classifying, analysing, reporting all financial transactions.
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.”
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.