EHRA is looking for WordPress developers

Eurasian Harm Reduction Association is looking for WordPress developers to work with two existing WordPress websites. This includes introducing new functionality as well as existing functionality modification. Both websites are running on WordPress and shall be finished by 15th of March, 2018. The content of the websites shall be intact and work not interrupted.

Evaluation will be based on:

  1. Experience in developing similar websites
  2. Ability to finish both websites by set term
  3. Price for both websites, including technical assistance

Providing examples of similar work will be an advantage.

Please send your application to Irena Zubkova at irena@harmreductioneurasia.org by 20th of February, 2018.

Please see more information in the documents attached

Terms of Reference

Application Form

Regional meetings of EHRA members to elect Steering Committee members in the Baltic States, Belarus-Ukraine-Moldova, Central Asia, Central Europe, South-Eastern Europe regions

On 15-29 January, 2018 EHRA conducts online Regional Meetings of it's members to elect new Steering Committee representatives in the following regions:

1) The Baltic States (Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia);
2) Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova;
3) Central Asia  (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan);
4) Central Europe  (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia);
5) South-Eastern Europe  (Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia).

All members (individual and organizational), who are from the regions, where elections are taking place and who are approved by the Steering Committee have a right to vote in the Regional meetings.

If you have any questions, please contact General Secretary of the Regional meetings - Eliza Kurcevič members@harmreductioneurasia.org

 

The Baltic States

Elena Antonova

Estonia

Know your candidate
CV (rus)     Motivation letter

Jurgita Poskeviciute

Lithuania

Know your candidate
CV   Motivation Letter

 

Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine

Ala Iatco

Moldova

Know your candidate
CV   Motivation Letter

 

Vitalii Lavryk

Ukraine

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CV (rus)   Motivation letter

 

Liudmila Trukhan

Belarus

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CV (rus)   Motivation Letter

 

Central Asia


Sagyngali Yelkeyev

Kazakhstan

Know your candidate
CV (rus)   Motivation Letter

Oxana Ibragimova

Kazakhstan

Know your candidate
CV (rus)   Motivation letter

 

 

 

 

 

Indira Kazieva

Kyrgyzstan

Know your candidate
CV (rus)    Motivation Letter

 

Central Europe

David Pesek

Czech Republic

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CV   Motivation Letter

Janko Belin

Slovenia

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CV   Motivation Letter

 

 

South-Eastern Europe

Denis Dedajic

Bosnia and Herzegovina

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CV   Motivation Letter

Eroll Shporta

Kosovo

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CV   Motivation Letter

Samir Ibisevic

Bosnia and Herzegovina

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CV   Motivation Letter

Yulia Georgieva

Bulgaria

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Open support letter for EHRA

In the beginning of October, a new regional organization, the Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA), launched its work in the Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (CEECA) region.

As EHRA is at an early stage of its development, it will need support to get on its feet – support from the community, from partners, from donors, from technical support partners. A group of volunteers initiated a sign-on letter so that partner organizations can express their support for the new association and call for much-needed donor support as well.

The letter is already co-signed by 112 organizations and 19 individuals.

If your organization is ready to support EHRA and co-sign this letter, please send on losehra@gmail.com  the full name of the organization, the name of the signing person and his\her position as well as organization’s logo in JPG format. You may also co-sign the letter as an individual – for that we need your name, surname and a country of residence.

Please see the letter below.

Letter of Support

Thank you for support to EHRA in 2017!

 

Now when we are full of holiday excitement, the only feeling which EHRA team has towards our partners is deep gratefulness for your support! Being registered in spring and having started active operations in September, we already have a lot to be proud of.

By the end of the year Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA) unites 185 members from all CEECA countries.  For the Association, the main task is to build proper governance processes to involve members into content discussion and decision making.

On 27th of November the first General Meeting of EHRA members was successfully completed. As a result, we have the Steering Committee representing all sub-regions, supported by all voting EHRA members. The in-person Steering Committee meeting will be held in February 2018.

The Statute of EHRA was updated by the decision of the General Meeting, and now the governance structure includes in line with the General and Regional Meetings and the Steering Committee, an Advisory Board and a Treasurer to ensure the transparency and sustainability of the organisation.

The General Meeting also approved EHRA strategic framework for 2018-2019. Full scale strategic planning process is planned for the second part of 2019. Mission of EHRA is defined as the creation of favourable environment for sustainable harm reduction programs and decent lives of people who use drugs in CEECA region.

We have ambitious strategic objectives:

SO1: To ensure sustainability and efficiency of harm reduction services in CEECA region;

SO2: To advocate for non-punitive drug policies in CEECA region based on public health and human rights;

SO3: To develop leadership and expertise of civil society and people who use drugs in monitoring of drug policies, financing, access and quality of harm reduction services in CEECA region;

SO4: To strengthen organizational governance and operational systems, program efficiency and financial sustainability of EHRA.

EHRA is now implementing 9 advocacy, regional coordination and community capacity projects with a 1,5 mln Euro budget, 450K of which were received in 2017. We are grateful to our partners from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, AFEW International, Open Society Foundations, Robert Carr civil society Networks Fund, Rights Reporter Foundation, International Network of People Who Use Drugs, Levi Strauss Foundation, who have supported building capacities of the Association and helped to start-up the operations and program activities in a rather crisis situation.

During this period EHRA has already supported 8 drug users community groups and civil society organisations through small grants program. We are proud to support work of DUNews, unique video advocacy initiative. For regional community of people who use drugs, a study-tour visit to Porto to examine effective alternatives to punishment and to discuss drug policy reforms in EECA countries organised by EHRA, was a very important step in learning and joining efforts.

For the Association, it is strategically important to provide platform for joint advocacy efforts of different civil society organizations and regional communities aimed at ensuring sustainable funding of services for drug users. Since December 2017 EHRA has started to work as a Regional CRG platform to coordinate technical support for communities in the region. We have already played an active role as regional civil society representatives in the Senior Level Policy Dialogue “Addressing HIV and TB Challenges: from Donor Support to Sustainable Health Systems”, conducted under the auspices of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and participate in the work of the EU Civil society forum on HIV, TB, Hepatitis core group.

Since November we already have a fully functioning office with necessary equipment and 13 full-time Secretariat staff members. Operational procedures, accounting system and all documents are already in place.

These all have become possible only because of cooperation and active work of the Steering Committee members, Secretariat staff who worked for two months as volunteers to start EHRA operation, and thanks to support of civil society colleagues and partners all around the Globe. This year has proved that we are very strong and together we can overcome any challenges.

The EHRA Steering Committee and Secretariat team are ready for 2018 in full power! We are working to ensure a voice of the CEECA region in AIDS2018 in Amsterdam is heard. We are looking forward to work together with key regional community networks in joint advocacy efforts and capacity building initiatives.

Looking forward to our bright partnerships in 2018!

Happy holidays!

EHRA Steering Committee and Secretariat

EECA Regional Communities Consortium is created

A Memorandum to create an EECA Regional Communities Consortium has been signed on December 20, 2017 in Kyiv, Ukraine. The goal of the Consortium is to unite the efforts of key populations networks of Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) in developing a long-term multi-country program on increasing efficiency and sustainability of national HIV strategies in the region.

The Consortium members believe that strategic and sufficient national funding international cooperation and meaningful participation of key communities are laying the ground for effective national responses to the HIV epidemic in EECA. Main joint priorities for communities are ensuring of HIV prevention and treatment sustainability and quality combined with reduction of prices of HIV drugs.

The Consortium members plan to approach the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for financial support for a multi-country program.

The Regional Communities Consortium consists of following key communities’ networks:

–          Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA),

–          Eurasian Coalition on Male Health (ECOM),

–          Eurasian Network of People Using Drugs (ENPUD),

–          Eurasian Women’s Network on AIDS (EWNA),

–          Sex Workers’ Rights Advocacy Network (SWAN).

Invitation to participate in the tender for the selection of translators and editors

Eurasian harm reduction Association (further EHRA) announces a tender for the selection of translators and editors for a long-term cooperation with EHRA.

Based on the results of the tender, EHRA will select several consultants ,with whom EHRA will conclude long-term contracts.

More information about the Association and specifics of the work you can find on our website http://harmreductioneurasia.org

Type and subject of the tender:
As part of its work, EHRA requires quality translations of various types of documents, reports and publications, such as guidelines and methodologies, analytical articles, blogs, and informational texts for the website, reports on the implementation of projects of various partners and donors:

  1. from Russian to English language,
  2. from English to Russian language,
  3. from Lithuanian to English language,
  4. from English to Lithuanian language.

Also, as part of its work, EHRA requires quality editing and proofreading of various types of documents, reports and publications:

  1. in English language,
  2. in Russian language.

As a result of the tender, consultants with the highest amount of points for each of the following category of work will be chosen:
– (TRE) translation  from Russian to English language,
– (TER) translation from English to Russian language,

– (TLE) translation from Lithuanian to English language,

– (TEL) translation from English to Lithuanian language,
– (ER) editing texts in Russian language,
– (EE) editing texts in English language.

Requirements to participants of the tender / evaluation criteria:

Essential requirement for the participants of the contest in categories C and D (editors):
– Category (ER) – the Russian language must be native to the candidate (native speaker);
– Category (EE) – the English language must be native to the candidate (native speaker).

General requirements for all categories (TRE, TER, TLE, TEL, ER, EE).
To assess the tender applications, the following criteria will be used (maximum amount of points for each criterion):

 Experience of translation/editing in the fields of public health and human rights: maximum 30 points
Experience of translation/editing in the fields of harm reduction, drug policy, and HIV response maximum 30 points
Education: diploma in linguistics, philology or other related fields; special courses for translators, certifications, etc.: maximum 30 points
Price of translation/editing of a page of text (1800 characters with spaces) maximum 10 points
The maximum possible amount of points 100 points

Participants must submit:
1. A cover letter in a free format (no more than in 1 pages), which should include:

  • information for which category (-ies) of work (TRE, TER, TLE, TEL, ER, EE ) the documents are submitted;
  • description of translation/editing experience in the fields of public health, human rights as well as harm reduction, drug policy, and HIV response;
  • indication of the cost of services, i.e. translation/editing of a page of text in EURO (1800 characters with spaces);
  1.  Examples of translation/editing work in related fields (minimum 5 texts) in electronic format.
    3.  CV in a free format;
    4.  Copies of diplomas and certificates.

ATTENTION! If these documents are not provided in full, such application in not considered for evaluation.

Application deadline – 1 p.m., December 10, 2017, Vilnius local time. Please send your documents to Viktorija Semionova at viktorija@harmreductioneurasia.org

Special conditions:
Upon the completion of the tender procedures, EHRA will sign long-term contracts with the selected number of Consultants on a fixed cost of services per unit basis in EURO (page of text, 1800 characters with spaces). Further work will be carried out based on the needs of EHRA and according to the timeline and other conditions, which will be decided upon in each individual case.
The submission of documents for participation in the tender does not impose on EHRA any additional obligation to conclude a contract.

Call for Applications: AIDS2018 Abstract Support

                                                    

 

Amsterdam Youth Force, Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA) and AFEW International invite applicants from Eastern Europe and Central Asia region (EECA) to submit drafts abstracts for XXII International AIDS Conference 2018 in Amsterdam (AIDS2018) to board panel of experts for review.

We would like to invite Eastern European and Central Asian (EECA) researchers, clinicians, scientists, community activists and young people to submit their abstracts to our EECA AIDS2018 Abstract Support team. Boosting the representation of academics in this region is important as this is the only region in the world where the epidemic is still growing. To increase the chances to present their work at the conference for researchers, clinicians, community activists and young people from EECA who may have less experience in writing scientific abstracts in English, we will be facilitating scientific and English language assistance. We will link you to a researcher or a professional in your field which can provide you with scientific feedback on how to improve the quality of your abstract. To specifically support young researchers and community activists, we also offer a feedback session via Skype to discuss the suggested changes to your work.

If this sounds like something you could benefit from, please read further about the eligibility criteria and review process.

Eligibility Criteria

You can submit your abstract to aids2018@afew.nl for a professional review if you are:

  • A (young) researcher, scientists, clinician, community activist or representative of community based organization or NGO; and
  • Planning to submit an abstract to 22nd International AIDS Conference 2018 in Amsterdam, 23-27 July 2018 (AIDS2018); and
  • Working in one of the following countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan;

The review process:

  • We will be accepting submissions from the 1st of December 2017 until the 10th of January 2018 in both English and Russian languages. The feedback to the submitted draft abstracts will be provided in two subsequent rounds. The first round panelists will provide in-depth feedback on the initial content, and the second round will allow for the final feedback on the adjusted version.

First round feedback will be sent out to applicants within 10 days after the submission. The timing for in-person communication shall it be needed, will be coordinated individually with each applicant.

  • Limited translation and editing services will occur between the 22 January and 2 February 2018.

For those who submit in Russian language, you will first receive feedback on the academic quality of your written piece. Following this, a limited number of abstracts will also be translated into English. This is based on the need, so please indicate your capacity for translation in the letter of motivation.

For the abstract submissions written in English, you will receive feedback on the scientific quality of work, and limited number of abstracts will get assistance with English editing. Again, please indicate your English skills and need for editing in the motivation letter.

  • Due to the limited capacity of the panelists, in total up to 110 abstracts will be able to receive feedback. Therefore, the rule “first come – first served” will apply. First 110 abstracts submitted from eligible applicants will be forwarded to a relevant panelist based on his/her expertise and academical background, for feedback and in some cases for personal communication.

Please send your abstract in Word format, include a brief letter of motivation, which scientific track you will be submitting to and details about yourself including your age if you would like to apply as a young researcher or community activist.

Below you will find links to materials on how to write conference abstracts, available in English and Russian.

Requirement to abstracts:

  • The abstract should be written in accordance with the official requirements of the AIDS Conference.
  • The draft abstract should be written in Russian or English.
  • The content of the abstract should be in line with one of the conference scientific tracks. The scientific track must be specified under the heading of the abstract.
  • There is a maximum of two abstracts per applicant.
  • Those applicants who want to receive language support either the translation into Russian, or editing of the English abstract, will have to submit a short motivation letter to explain why they need such support.

Confidentiality:

AFEW International, EHRA and Amsterdam Youth Force form a Steering Committee and the secretariat of the EECA Abstract support project. Only people designated to serve within Steering Committee and the secretariat and the reviewers assigned to each abstract will have access to the abstract submissions as well as the contact details of the applicants. We will not release any information on who has received assistance for their submissions at any point unless we have consent to do so.

Useful resources

  1. Abstract writing module available in Russian and English

An Abstract writing module is developed in collaboration with the International AIDS Society (IAS) – the organizer of the AIDS conferences, and written by editors of the Journal of the International AIDS Society, an open-access platform for essential and innovative HIV/AIDS research. It is available for everybody in English and translated into Russian by AFEW International.

  1. Online training on abstract writing

AFEW International has conducted a training on community based participatory research and abstract writing. This training was steamed live and records as well as hand outs and presentations are available in Russian here:

Abstract writing: structure, review criteria, submission tips

Good abstract title

On the road to AIDS2018: practical guide

Presentations and handouts (downloadable, please scroll down)

If you want to receive English presentations and handouts, please refer to the email address below.

  1. Tips and trick on how to write a good abstract.

AIDS2018: Preparing for registration and submitting abstracts. An Article was written by a young researchers Anna Tokar, in Russian is available here, and in English here

You can follow us on http://www.afew.org/aids2018eeca/ and https://www.facebook.com/AFEWInternational/ for all the updates on the available recourses and opportunities.

EHRA held it’s first online General Meeting

On 27 of November, Online General Meeting of the Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA) was closed. EHRA members made their choice for the main issues.

The General Meeting was declared opened on 13 of November via listserv (e-mails) for EHRA members (177 in total at the moment of the General Meeting). During the fortnight, they had possibility to discuss and vote for:

– EHRA Statute;

– EHRA Strategic Framework for 2018-2019;

– Interim Steering Committee and timeline for conducting Steering Committee elections by regions (Regional Meetings);

– Organizational title for registration in Lithuanian bodies – Eurazijos žalos mažinimo asociacija.

No further items were on the agenda.

Quorum needes 50% of members+1, which means that 90 members should participate in the General meeting according the Statute of the Association. 107 participants took part in the online General Meeting of EHRA members. 99 individual and organizational members’ votes are considered eligible for voting in the online General meeting. 8 participants’ votes were not counted as valid, because they didn’t have a right to vote in the EHRA Online General Meeting (not official individual or organizational members of EHRA). Thus, quorum was reached, as 56% of members participated in the General meeting.

As a result, the online General Meeting approved all four announced EHRA strategic issues:

  1. Statute (Confirmed – 99; Didn’t confirm – 0; Abstained – 0).
  2. Strategic Framework for 2018-2019 (Confirmed – 98; Didn’t confirm – 0; Abstained – 1).
  3. Interim Steering Committee and timeline for conducting Steering Committee elections by regions (Confirmed – 91; Didn’t confirm – 1; Abstained – 7).
  4. Organizational title for registration in Lithuanian bodies – Eurazijos žalos mažinimo asociacija (Confirmed – 99; Didn’t confirm – 0; Abstained – 0).

“On behalf of the EHRA Secretary, I would like to thank each member, who took part in the first online General meeting of EHRA members for the active participation and involvement in the development of the Association processes. I’m very glad, that the first meeting was successful and that more then the half of EHRA members participated in it. There was no any interference in the online voting platform or violations of the voting procedures,” – said Eliza Kurcevic, EHRA Program Officer and Secretary of the General meeting.

EHRA announces a General Meeting of Members

On 13–27 November, 2017 Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA) conducts General Meeting of it’s members. During the fortnight, members of EHRA will have online-voting for four main issues:
1. Approval of EHRA Statute
2. Approval of EHRA Strategic Framework for 2018-2019
3. Approval of interim Steering Committee and timeline for conducting Steering Committee elections by regions (Regional Meetings)
4. Approval of the organizational title for registration in Lithuanian bodies.

All members approved by the EHRA Steering Committee may participate in the General Meeting. At the moment, there are more than 170 members. The full list of members is available on the EHRA website – http://harmreductioneurasia.org/members/

Details on the voting procedure and participation can be clarified by contacting members@harmreductioneurasia.org

LITHUANIA: WHERE ONE SHARED JOINT MAY COST YOU LIBERTY

Author: Eliza Kurcevic

„After the New Year, for the smallest amount of marijuana – criminal liability and immense fines, „In one of Vilnius bars, police made a raid: Some of the bar visitors were scared, some were laughing“, „A young man was sentenced for the distribution of drugs, committed a suicide in the Lukiškės Remand Prison“, „Penalties in Lithuania: for one shared joint – imprisonment from 2 up to 8 years“ – those are just a few titles of the headlines in the news portals, during this year (2017). This is definitely a year of failures and regress in the terms of drug policy, where policy makers started to treat people in Lithuania, as drugs itself: isolating, controlling and containing. And while some of the European Union countries already have a great experience in the process of the drug liberalization by creating tolerant, human rights based approach of the psychoactive substances possession for the personal use (such as Czech Republic, Portugal, The Netherlands), opening drug consumption rooms (The Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Spain, France, Luxembourg) or prescribing heroin-assisted treatment (Denmark, Germany, UK, Spain, The Netherlands), Lithuania is coming back to the rotten roots of old laws, where punitive and prohibitionist policies were worshiped. And here I speak about Soviet Union times, when for the possession of drugs you could get up to 15 years imprisonment. So what‘s happened in Lithuania (or should I say WITH Lithuania?)?

A GLANCE INTO THE DRUG POLICY SITUATION IN LITHUANIA, IN 2017

I can’t call the beginning of 2017 as a great start of the New Year in the context of the drug policy. Before 1st January, 2017 provision on the possession of the small amounts of the psychoactive substances was considered as a matter of the administrative liability by the Administrative Offences Code. But starting from the 1st of January, 2017 possession of the psychoactive substances (any amount of it) is regulated by the Criminal Code and considered as a crime or misdemeanour[1]. Unfortunately, I can’t get in the heads of our policy makers and rational explain what kind of blackout they had so they decided to move these provisions from administrative to criminal liability. But seems they got confused about separation of criminal and administrative liabilities and just moved all that kind of provisions to the Criminal Code. And this is the best example of the punitive mentality: if you don’t know how to treat a person – give him/her the worst penalty. So, Lithuanian policy makers did it and the bedlam started in the heads of the Lithuanian citizens.

When the first cases, related to the possession and distribution of the small amounts of the psychoactive substances in 2017 appeared in the courts, judges didn’t feel like they want to punish young Lithuanian citizens with the custodial sentence for a term of up to two years (in case of the possession) and custodial sentence for a term of two up to eight years (in case of distribution). Special attention during investigations was taken in the cases where famous Lithuanian person’s children were caught or children from “good families”. So what courts did in the most of the cases – they gave a fines or based on the principle of justice gave a suspended sentence (when imposition of the penalty provided for in the sanction of an article is evidently in contravention to the principle of justice, judge can impose a commuted penalty subject to a reasoned decision). But these decisions actually didn’t help young persons, as they got criminal convictions for several years. Just to imagine, how messed up we are: approx. 800 pre-trial investigations on the possession of the psychoactive substances have already started this year. 537 suspended sentences were imposed in pre-trial investigations. But let’s move on, as there were more consequences of these harsh laws.

One May evening, popular bar in Vilnius „Peronas“ was „visited“ by the police. It lasted about 15 minutes. All this time police were distracted by not knowing what to do, were running around the bar. Please, check video (really worth to see this ridiculous raid). „Some of the bar visitors were scared, some were laughing“, says the owner of the bar. After raid there was no more information from the police, no warnings. So what was the point of this raid? What the police wanted to show by organizing it? Instead of concentrating on the catching up large-scale dealers, police started to organize bars visitors frightening actions. But…that’s only one example from dozens, which happened this year.

Situation started to get worse in autumn. One morning I woke up with a new “A young man sentenced for the distribution of drugs, committed a suicide in the Lukiškės Remand Prison“. I couldn‘t believe that this is real, that this is happening in the XXI century in Lithuania. He was only 21-year-old. After the decision (custodial sentence) was made, the young man was found dead in the camera. He made a suicide. NOT drugs killed him, but draconic and disproportionate laws, which take off any hope! The fear of cruel, brutal, inhuman conditions in the prison made a young person to make a suicide.

And for the end I left the newest updates, which made a lot of families, lawyers, judges, members of the society to rethink towards where we are moving on. Starting from the 6th October 2017 Criminal Code was „patched“/amended. The policy makers decided that it‘s time to fight with corruption. How it is related with the possession of the psychoactive substances? These amendments prohibited to suspend a sentences for a serious crime. But as judge A. Cininas commented „The motives were beautiful: the fight against corruption, fraud. But serious crimes also include activities such as sharing joints of cannabis between the teenagers”. So basically, if one day I will be smoking joint and my friend will ask to share it with him/her, and we will be caught by police, this will be interpreted as a possession of a psychoactive substance with the purpose to distribute it. And by amended laws judge will be obligated to give me a custodial sentence for a term of two up to eight years (no suspension, as this crime is included into the „serious crimes“ category). Which as you already understood, means, that I will go to the prison from two to eight years. Does it make sense? Well, in the country where drugs are criminalized and punitive mentality can‘t leave it roots – probably it does.

Until now, Lithuania has done little to reduce crime or to take attention on the large-scale dealers. Starting with the new law (amendment of the Criminal Code from 6th October, 2017) we will have prisons filled in with young, low-level, non-violent individuals.

So maybe instead of putting low-level „criminals“ into the jail, let‘s take a look to the progressive approaches, let‘s check how other European Union countries deal with the issue. A variety researches showed that treatment-based, education and simply human rights based approaches are the most effective and giving the results.

Next month I will update you with the situation in Lithuania and using the Portuguese model of decriminalization, will show what changes we can make in our system.

TO BE CONTINUED…

[1] Article 259. Unlawful Possession of Narcotic or Psychotropic Substances for the Purpose Other than Distribution 1. A person who unlawfully produces, processes, acquires, stores, transports or forwards narcotic or psychotropic substances for the purpose other than selling or otherwise distributing them shall be punished by a fine or by arrest or by a custodial sentence for a term of up to two years. 2. A person who <…> a small quantity of narcotic or psychotropic substances for the purpose other than selling or otherwise distributing them shall be considered to have committed a misdemeanour and shall be punished by community service or by restriction of liberty or by a fine or by arrest.
Article 260. Unlawful Possession of Narcotic or Psychotropic Substances for the Purpose of Distribution Thereof or Unlawful Possession of a Large Quantity of Narcotic or Psychotropic Substances 1. A person who unlawfully produces, processes, acquires, stores, transports or forwards narcotic or psychotropic substances for the purpose of selling or otherwise distributing them or sells or otherwise distributes narcotic or psychotropic substances shall be punished by a custodial sentence for a term of two up to eight years. 2. A person who <…> a large quantity of narcotic or psychotropic substances for the purpose of selling or otherwise distributing them or sells or otherwise distributes a large quantity of narcotic or psychotropic substances shall be punished by a custodial sentence for a term of eight up to ten years. 3. A person who <…> a very large quantity of narcotic or psychotropic substances shall be punished by a custodial sentence for a term of ten up to fifteen years.