The COVID-19 pandemic represents a global challenge whose ramifications are serious and difficult to accurately predict. Communities targeted by the "war on drugs", living in situations of vulnerability, experiencing exclusion, stigmatisation and criminalisation, will bear a differentiated and disproportionate burden of the negative consequences associated with the pandemic. Below, you will find a thematic list of information and guidance resources that we will continue to update in the coming weeks as a means to promote resilience and solidarity. 

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General Information

Rolling updates and guidance on coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
World Health Organisation

Coronavirus response
European Commission

COVID-19 resource centre
The Lancet

A summary of useful COVID-19 resources for the legal empowerment community

How to self isolate / How to self monitor symptoms
Public Health Ontario

People who use drugs

COVID-19 harm reduction for people who use drugs
International Network of People who Use Drugs, in collaboration with TalkingDrugs | The Canadian Association of People who Use Drugs has shared this poster-infographic by COVID-for-PWUD with the recommendations.

Safer drug use during the COVID-19 outbreak
Harm Reduction Coalition

Coronavirus information for smokers
Pennington Institute

COVID-19 - HIV prevention, treatment, care and support for people who use drugs and people in prison
UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

The implications of COVID-19 for people who use drugs (PWUD) and drug service providers
European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA)

Coronavirus harm reduction advice

Contingency planning for people who use drugs and COVID-19
Scottish Drugs Forum

Coronavirus and heroin supplies
Dr. Owen Bowden-Jones talks to the Society for the Study of Addiction

Party and drugs in times of coronavirus
Energy Control

Submission to Treasury Committee Enquiry on the UK Government’s coronavirus financial package
Release / Transform

Harm reduction provision

COVID-19 Guidance for people who use drugs and harm reduction programs
Harm Reduction Coalition

Guidance for drug users and harm reduction intervention during COVID-19
Sierra Leone Youth Development and Child Link

How harm reducers cope with COVID-19
Rights Reporter Foundation

Harm reduction must go on: Position of European harm reduction networks on COVID-19
Correlation - European Harm Reduction Network, Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA) and Rights Reporter Foundation.

Syringe services and harm reduction provider operations during COVID-19
Harm Reduction Coalition

Coronavirus and drug harm reduction

Human rights 

COVID-19 and human rights
Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights | The piece highlights important statements made by UN Special Procedures with regard to a range of issues, including racism and xenophobia, housing and disabilities.

Rights in the time of COVID-19: Lessons from HIV for an effective, community-led response

Human rights dimensions of COVID-19 response
Human Rights Watch

COVID-19: Governments must promote and protect access to and free flow of information during pandemic – International experts
Statement by UN human rights monitors, the IACHR and the Representative on Freedom of the Media of the OSCE

COVID-19: States should not abuse emergency measures to suppress human rights – UN experts
Statement by UN human rights experts

No exceptions with COVID-19: “Everyone has the right to life-saving interventions” – UN experts say
Statement by UN human rights experts

People living with HIV

What people living with HIV need to know about HIV and COVID-19

COVID-19 and HIV
Frontline AIDS

Coronavirus information for people with blood-borne viruses
Penington Institute

Rough sleeping, homelessness, shelters

Guidance for hostel or daycare providers of services for people experiencing rough sleeping
Public Health England

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for substance misuse and homelessness services
Welsh Government

COVID-19 & the Health Care for the Homeless Community: Needed Policy Responses for a High-Risk Group
National Health Care for the Homeless Council

Protecting people experiencing homelessness from the coronavirus
St Mungo’s

Prison settings

Coronavirus: Healthcare and human rights of people in prisons
Penal Reform International

AFEW International asks international organisations to take immediate action 
AFEW International

COVID-19 and detention: Respecting human rights
Health and Human Rights Journal

Urgent action needed to prevent COVID-19 “rampaging through places of detention” – Bachelet


COVID-19: Capitalism’s mask has slipped
International Women's Rights Action Watch (IWRAW) Asia Pacific

Coronavirus thrives on the inequality the [British] government has ignored
Ian Hamilton