Andrey Rylkov Foundation
for Health and Social Justice

Posts with tag «teplinskaya» 

September 29th, 2016

A recent decision in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) could have significant implications for an upcoming challenge against Russia’s ban on opioid substitution therapy (OST).

September 16th, 2016

Substitution therapy for addicts is banned in Russia. Three activists are hoping to gain access to the treatment through the European court of human rights

May 2nd, 2015

The acticle about how Russia is trying to suppress the "methadone" applications to the ECtHR at the domestic as well as international level by mounting its pressure on the three applicants.

July 12th, 2012

"I dreamed of coming to Washington to speak at AIDS 2012. I had a message to deliver to those who have the financial and political means to turn the tide of the epidemic. I wanted to speak up because Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA)—the region where I live—is the only region in the world where HIV rates continue to rise while available resources for HIV prevention continue to shrink. Yet it’s not just an issue of funding or lack thereof. There is another reason—for millions of us, repressive drug policies and the stigma associated with drug use stand in the way of accessing HIV treatment and prevention. Russia’s drug users, second-class citizens in their own country, are denied basic human rights—the right to health and the right to life. The fact that Russia’s new national drug strategy through the year 2020 mentions HIV only once, while making no mention of human rights at all, is a case in point."

July 11th, 2012

On 3 February 2011, the Federal Drug Control Service (FDCS) has shut down the ARF website that provides information about CESCR recommendations and the measures the CESCR (and other UN agencies) have recommended be adopted in Russia. This infonote describes ARF's human rights advocacy, summarizes its activities to promote CESCR recommendations in Russia, documents the Russian government's retaliation against ARF, lists domestic drug-related legislation and policies, calls for international attention to ARF website closure, and offers recommendations on further actions to protect relevant rights.

December 15th, 2011

Established in 1994 by a resolution of the UN Economic and Social Council and launched in January 1996, UNAIDS is guided by a Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) with representatives of 22 governments from all geographic regions, the UNAIDS Cosponsors, and five representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), including associations of people living with HIV.

November 24th, 2011

Drug policy in Russia is a dangerous subject to talk about. When I started researching this topic, I was apprehensive about writing about it, because so many people who have tried to help have ended up in prison, beaten in police departments or accused of drug dealing.

August 23rd, 2011

On coming back home to Kaliningrad, after a three-month stay in Ukraine, harm reduction activist Irina Teplinskaya was planted with drugs during the inspection at customs and border control. Irina Teplinskaya recently filed a complaint to the UN on violations of human rights of drug addicted people in Russia.

August 23rd, 2011

The Russian drug policy activist Irina Teplinskaya had a tablet of methadone planted on her as she recently re-entered Russia. This incident happened on the 18th of August 2011, at the “Khrabrovo” Airport in Kaliningrad in the Russian Federation, as she was was returning home following three months of rehabilitation in Ukraine. Irina is a public advocate for Russian drug users’ health rights in Russian and international courts, and in the UN. Now, Irina stands accused of drug smuggling.

April 8th, 2011

"My life is like a small mirror showing a bigger general picture; it gives an example of what’s happening to millions of people using drugs in Russia and most other countries of the former Soviet Union. I am 44, and for the past 30 years I have been suffering from a chronic opioid drug addiction...."