Youth RISE has launched its latest campaign “Support. Dont Punish: Protect our Youth”, aiming to highlight the impacts of criminalising the use and possession of drugs among young people in order to generate support for evidence based, alternative approaches that protect the rights, health and potential of young people around the world.
Youth RISE believes we must protect youth from harmful and dangerous drug policies which continue to destroy the life chances of huge numbers of young people.
This campaign is calling for:
- National governments to remove criminal sanctions for possessing drugs for personal use. Drugs must be prioritized as a public health issue rather than a law enforcement one, prioritizing the health, human rights and life chances of young people who use drugs.
- International institutions to support countries to move towards decriminalization and assist them in adopting public health based approaches for addressing young people who use drugs.
- Civil society organizations and NGO’s who support human rights and youth development to support the call for the decriminalization of young people who use drugs.
- Young people to be active in making their voices heard in this campaign and participate in drug policy reform.
Visit and support Youth RISE’s “Support don’t punish: protect our youth” campaign: http://youthrise.org/support-dont-punish.