In 2009, a group of associations opened a mock supervised injection facility (SIF) in Paris. Attracted by what they thought to be an illegal action, many journalists visited the SIF and reported positive opinions from their discussions with health professionals. NGOs then started a political lobbying action aimed to advocate for the establishment of a SIF in Paris, followed by positive political engagement from the French government.
Human Rights Watch issued a 93-page report, "Skin on the Cable," on January 25, 2010, with reports of widespread beatings, whippings, and electric shock to detainees, including children and individuals with mental disabilities, in seven Cambodian drug detention centers. In response, several United Nations agencies, including the joint UN program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the World Health Organization (WHO), have spoken out about the abuses. But the two UN agencies that work most closely with the government in detention centers and on drug policy, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), have been less vocal.
IAS and IHRA welcome the announcement from the Global Fund that it will extend its funding of HIV prevention programmes in Russia for another two years at a cost of US$24 million. The extension will save thousands of lives in a country where more than 1 million people are living with HIV and approximately 1.8 million people inject drugs.