Les Philippines sont-elles prêtes pour la réduction des risques ?



Les Philippines sont-elles prêtes pour la réduction des risques ?

2 mai 2023

La brutale « guerre à la drogue » menée aux Philippines n'a pas empêché les partisans de la réduction des risques de mettre en œuvre des mesures salvatrices telles que l'échange de seringues et le traitement à la méthadone. Pour en savoir plus, en anglais, veuillez lire les informations ci-dessous.

Local experts and organizations are fighting an uphill battle against societal norms and the law in order to change the country’s paradigms on drug use and policy.

In 2016, with the goal of eradicating the illegal drug trade in the country, then-President Rodrigo Duterte vowed to kill the estimated 3 million people who used drugs in the Philippines. That promise led to an infamous drug war that reportedly killed anywhere from 6,000 to 30,000 people—many of whom were urban poor, including dozens of children—breaking families and pushing many even deeper into poverty.

Before that war even began, a senator appealed to the Philippine government to prioritize public health and human rights instead of criminalization and punishment in its anti-drug campaign.

“The government must promise hope, not death, to drug respondents. It must guarantee health care assistance, not violence. This is the more effective, affordable, and compassionate anti-drug policy,” said Senator Risa Hontiveros.