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What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

More than 50 years have passed since the United Nations adopted the first treaty prohibiting some drugs. Due to the one-sided media coverage of drug issues, there is very little public awareness of the devastating impact which the global war on drugs has on human rights, public health and public security (labour camps, extrajudicial killings, HIV infections, civil wars etc.). Governments do not undertake a transparent review of the effectiveness of current drug policies, or explore alternatives.

How will this project solve this problem?

The HCLU is one of the few NGOs to produce and use videos not only as documentaries but as advocacy tools in order to facilitate drug policy reform. These videos are produced in cooperation with other NGOs to reach out to millions of young people through video-sharing sites like YouTube and mobilize them to take action, or to make key drug-policy decision-making forums more transparent and accountable. We also train fellow activists in video advocacy, to enable them to make their voice heard.

Potential Long Term Impact

With the appropriate resources available and by using social media, these videos can go viral and give voice to the communities most affected by the war on drugs. In the long term, they can raise public awareness of human rights abuses being committed in the name of drug control. We can multiply our impact by training other NGOs to use videos as strategic tools in their advocacy work.

Project Message

"The more people that we can reach through these types of videos, the better."

- Joseph Amon, Human Rights Watch

Resources

http://www.drugreporter.net

Drugreporter - drug policy videos and articles

Illustrated portfolio about HCLU's films in 2011

All the HCLU Films

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Kapcsolódó hírek

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.

Chewing coca at the UN

The Bolivian president's speech at the high level UN meeting in Vienna. We filmed the speech of Mr. Evo Morales, the president of Bolivia, delivered at the high level UN meeting in Vienna on March 11th this year - UPDATED

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.