- Open Society Institute
- Protecting the Human Rights of Injecting Drug Users: The Impact of HIV and AIDS
- Open Society Institute - International Harm Reduction Development program, February 2005, 32 pp
Contributors - Paul Hunt, Aryeh Neier, Emma Bonino, Fabio Mesquita, and Paisan Suwannawong. Copyright 2005 Open Society Institute. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
"Compiling statements given at the 2004 session of the UN Commission on Human Rights, this IHRD-produced volume argues that unduly strict interpretation of UN drug control treaties undermines HIV prevention efforts by discouraging countries from implementing effective, realistic, and compassionate public health policies. The publication's contributors including OSI president Aryeh Neier demonstrate that international bodies and national governments must give greater consideration to the human rights particularly access to HIV treatment of injection drug users. By incorporating a human rights perspective into the process of reforming the laws and treaties governing drugs, the UN and national governments could greatly improve access to treatment and better protect the health of those at risk for HIV transmission, especially injection drug users."