UN Drug policy

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.

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".

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.

October 6, 2005

Round table discussion on harm reduction in Hungary

Representatives of NGOs, government and police officials gathered yesterday at the National Drug Prevention Institute to discuss recent legal and financial controversies about harm reduction services in Hungary.

August 24, 2005

8th European Conference on Drugs and Infection Prevention in Prison

The European Network on Drugs and Infection Prevention in Prisons (ENDIPP) organized its 8th Annual International Conference on Drugs and Infections Prevention in Prisons “Unlocking potentials – Making Prisons Safe for everyone” in Budapest, Hungary on July 7 – 9, 2005.

March 31, 2005

Civil Obedience Movement to stop war on drug users in Hungary

March 31, Budapest--- Drug users’ surrender actions are organized to show failure of existing drug laws in Hungary and to press the government for decriminalization of drug use.

March 16, 2005

CND: A Report from NGO Perspective

The main theme of the 48th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs was HIV/AIDS prevention among drug users. However, none of the adopted resolutions mentioned harm reduction or syringe exchange. Two reprepresentatives of HCLU participated as members of the OSI delegation, read their short report on the event.

January 26, 2005

Black Monday for the Freedom of Information

The Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU, www.tasz.hu ) lost the first round of a landmark Freedom of Information case decided by the Budapest Court on Monday, the 24th of January, 2004. In November, 2004, the HCLU appealed this decision to the Hungarian Constitutional Court, from which it is still awaiting a decision. HCLU also requested that the Budapest Court release the petition of Csaba Hende, Member of the Parliament, in order to shed further light on the government’s involvement in the Court’s decision making process. The Constitutional Court refused to release this petition. HCLU responded by filing a Freedom of Information case with the Budapest Court.

January 7, 2005

Correction in the EMCDDA Report

The Hungarian Civil Liberties Union informed the EMCDDA that there was an error in its Annual Report (released on 25 november, 2004). In its reply to HCLU EMCDDA acknowledged the mistake and promised to correct it in the online version.

January 6, 2005

HCLU Conference and Legal Training (13-14 November 2004)

Hungarian Civil Liberties Union organized its annual legal training and conference for drug treatment providers and researchers between 13 and 14 November, 2004.

December 18, 2004

Letter to the EU Commission

The EU Commission launched a public consultation on the new EU Action Plan of Drugs (2005-08). HCLU and a couple of Central-Eastern European NGOs answered the call and sent a proposal to the Commission in which they evaluate the implementation of the previous drug strategy and set up new guidelines for a new EU drug policy.

December 17, 2004


BUDAPEST 13 December 2004 - The Constitutional Court of Hungary in a 7 to 2 vote rejected the proposals claiming that drug laws that punish possession of drugs for personal use are unconstitutional. The Court accepted another proposals’ argumentation against certain forms of diversion treatment. According to the resolution, nobody has a right to be high, therefore criminal prosecution against drug users is not unconstitutional.