An insight into the work of an integrated NGO in Portugal

Drugreporter proudly presents the second part of HCLU’s documentary on Portugal's reformist drug policy approach.

In this documentary we give you an insight into the everyday work of an NGO working with vulnerable people, such as people who use drugs, and sex workers.

Ten years after decriminalization, the HCLU film crew travelled to Lisbon and Porto to get first a good overview of how Portugal succeeded with the reforms and what lessons could be learned. On this occasion, besides our first movie dedicated to the general situation in Portugal, we recorded a short movie about our Portuguese partner in European Drug Policy Initiative, APDES (Agência Piaget para o Desenvolvimento).

ADPES is a major promoter of integrated development, helping vulnerable people and communities suffering as a result of segregation. They address complex issues including healthcare, employment and education, while seeking to empower these citizens and reinforce social cohesion. The organization, founded in 2004, is active in socially-sensitive action research, uses participative methodologies, encourages people to be critical constituents, and promotes the importance of being politically active on all levels.

Watch our movie to see how this works in reality. Also share if you like it!

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The HCLU won two prizes at the Hungarian Kreatív Web Video Contest

We won the prize for the best Web Video documentary at the Hungarian Kreatív Magazine's Annual contest, and we won the grand prize, a GoPro camera, for our humane approach to the issues we deal with.

Now I ask the questions, and they answer

The aim of the Make your voice heard! project of the HCLU is to facilitate advocacy skills of Roma communities. Therefore, the HCLU trains Romani activists in freedom of information and in participatory rights. This obtained knowledge will help them gain insight into local decision-making processes. By having access to data of public interest and exercising participatory rights, their situation will improve so they can reach the social level of the less underprivileged majority.

They want to imprison him illegally

Orosz Béla was fined 50 thousand forints for a minor offence. In a letter sent on August 8th, he informed the police that because of his poverty, he cannot pay the fine, but would like to work off his debts through community service. He did not receive a response from the police. Two months later, the courts informed him that they will hold a hearing regarding the conversion of his fine into a prison sentence. This procedure is illegal; the judicial authorities disregarded the laws relating to offences.