Support Don’t Punish is an international advocacy campaign launched under the joint initiative of the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC), the International Network of People Who Use Drugs (INPUD), the Harm Reduction International (HRI) and the International HIV/AIDS Alliance.
Support Don’t Punish is an international campaign to raise awareness about the damage caused by the criminalization of people who use drugs and the non-respect of human rights of these people. Heavy penalties are imposed on people who use drugs and one of the consequences is that there is an increase of HIV and Hepatitis C.
In 2013 CUT gathered around 120 people for the Support don’t Punish campaign for a flash mob at the Caudan Waterfront in Port-Louis, the capital of Mauritius to raise awareness on the harms caused by the criminalisation of drug use.
As a follow up on the 26th of June 2014, CUT with the help of different partners gathered 150 people to take a symbolic picture outside the “Petit Verger” prison, and then distribute tracks in Rose-Hill, Quatre-Bornes, and Port-Louis, 3 major towns in Mauritius.
To capitalize on the World Cup 2014, CUT designed T-shirts that looked like football shirts, in order to capture the attention of the general population.
Along with the traditional photo campaigns, you will find the links below, CUT decided to do something different from the past 2 years. Therefore after various focus groups with People Who Use Drugs (PWUD) a musical gathering was the choice of the event to be organized to sensitize the maximum number of people.
The event this year was hosted on Friday the 26th of June from 13h00 – 18h00, at Place Margeot Rose-Hill, with CUT’s partners; AILES – Aides, Infos, Libertés, Espoir et solidarité, PILS – Prevention Information et Lutte contre le SIDA, LEAD – LeadershipEmpowerment & Action for Development, Kinouete, Groupe A de Cassis, SIDA-INFO, Dis-Moi, Parapli Rouz, Bring a smile, SIDATAK, ERB – Espoir Revive Barkly and CARES. In all we had 175+ people as volunteers – based on the number of T-shirts distributed
All the partners had stands, and engaged the public to explain the importance of the campaign, and the impact that repressive laws have on society in general.
Various artists lent their support as the 2nd half of the day was a musical gathering showcasing the support of various artists (Eric Triton, Richard Beaugendre, Jason Lily, Lindley Morvan among others) coordinated by Stephane Rezanah from Jorez Box.
In-between the artists, all our partners expressed their support to the campaign.
- LEAD organized a talk on drugs at ICJM – Institut Cardinal Jean Margeot on the 25th of June, CUT (Kunal Naïk Advocacy and Communication Officer), PILS (Nathalie Rose, Advocacy Officer) and Rama Valayden (Barrister and former Attorney General) were the panellists for the talk. Kunal Naïk and Nathalie Rose presented their respective position papers on Drug Policies, and M. Valayden talked about the current repressive laws in place, and the need to change these. Following the presentations members of the public asked various questions.To have a look at the presentation please click here
- CUT and PILS have both worked on position papers on Drug policies that will be submitted to members of Parliament in September 2015 at the start Parliament. Excerpts from these were published in the media to highlight the importance of less repressive Drug policies that reflect the current changes happening world-wide.
You can read two Blogs in French by following the links below:
- For the Blog on CUT’s position paper (in french) click here
- This year the event was reported in various media; visual, oral and written both locally and internationally. Click on the links below to read about the campaign, please be aware that most of the articles are in French.
- This year the event was reported in various media; visual, oral and written both locally and internationally. Click on the links below to read about the campaign, please be aware that most of the articles are in French
Following the last 2 years, various supporters uploaded their pictures on Facebook to show their support for the campaign. CUT also created various infographics to allow members of NGOs, staff, volunteers to clearly state why they support the campaign. Below find the links to the pictures, and infographics.