September 14, 2007

Discriminative immigration policy proposal

Hungarian conservatives would like to introduce a new visa legislation to exclude people living with HIV.

September 14, 2007

Ill-proportioned drug budget

Drug related spendings in Hungary constitute a smaller proportion of the state budget than in many other EU countries. Most of this money is spent on law enforcement.

July 12, 2007

Error in the matrix

According to official statistics the Hungarian man overdosed on Ecstasy – in reality, he was run over by a train.

June 15, 2007

New forums for lobbying

HCLU is now represented at two major decision making forums in the field of drug policy.

May 8, 2007

SozialMarie prize for HCLU’s Mediamonitor program

The media monitoring and mistake correcting program has been awarded in Wienna last week.

February 1, 2007

Hungary: Risky Substances and Dangerous Drug Policies

HCLU won a Freedom of information lawsuit against the Hungarian Ministry of Health for withholding a position paper on the dangerousness of illicit substances. After receiving the document HCLU issued a comprehensive study as a critique.

November 6, 2006

Harm Reduction Conference in Hungary

The Hungarian Civil Liberties Union and the Hungarian Harm Reduction Association organized a training and conference for service providers in Budapest.

October 6, 2006

Prosecutors close criminal investigation against needle exchange worker

Short report on the „needle exchange case”, as appeared in the CEEHRN July news digest.

July 1, 2006

Drug Policy Report Hungary 2006

The annual report of the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU) provides a comprehensive overview of the recent drug policy situation in Hungary.

June 3, 2006

International civil society denounce UN meeting on AIDS as a failure

Civil society groups from around the world denounced the final UN Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS, released after marathon negotiations during the UN High Level meeting on AIDS this week.

May 16, 2006

Picnic against prohibition

More people attended the Marijuana March in Hungary than ever - chances for decriminalization are growing after the parlamentary elections.

March 28, 2006

Demonstration for a sober drug policy

Hundreds of people marched on the streets of Budapest to demonstrate for the National Drug Strategy and against the criminalization of drug users.

March 1, 2006

INCB: a biased report

HCLU criticises the 2005 report of the INCB because of its negative attitude to harm reduction and decriminalization.

March 1, 2006

Scientific Drugmyths

Interview with Peter Cohen. The short version of this interview has been published in the Hungarian journal, "Esély".

February 10, 2006

Konsumraum Nidda 49 – The Frankfurt Example of Harm Reduction II.

Interview with Josch Steinmetz, the project manager of the largest safe consumption room in Frankfurt. The interview has been bupblished in the Addictologia Hungarica.

January 9, 2006

Hungarian drug reform activist at bar

Peter Juhasz, activist of the Hemp Seed Association (Kendermag Egyesület) came on for a trial on Monday in a landmark case.

December 16, 2005

The ambulance should not inform the police in overdose cases

Following successful HCLU campaign, the Hungarian National Ambulance Service instructs its staff not to inform the police in drug related emergency cases.

December 1, 2005

HCLU uses Strategic Litigation as a tool in Needle Exchange Advocacy Fight

Head of the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union’s (HCLU) Legal Aid Service, Andrea Pelle is representing a collegue from HCLU and the biggest Hungarian NEP in Budapest in a strategic litigation–type criminal procedure. The social worker, followed by the media reports himself with sterile and used syringes at the Budapest Chief Prosecutor’s Office on the World AIDS Day, 12.00 Budapest time.

December 1, 2005

HCLU raises awareness of NEP policy discrepancies - Successful hearing at the Drug Committee of the Hungarian Parliament

Hours before the strategic litigation–type criminal procedure today, the Head of the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union’s (HCLU) Legal Aid Service, together with the psychologist/social worker of the Drug Prevention Foundation’s needle exchange program (also a colleguae with HCLU), presented the unacceptable situations surrounding HIV/AIDS and hepatitis prevention among IDU’s for the Members of the Drug Committee of the Hungarian Parliament.

November 13, 2005

Campaign for Harm Reduction in Hungary

More than 50 professionals from 26 countries supported the SignOn letter circulated by the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union.