For Immediate Release: April 7th, 2016
Friday Action: Victims of the ‘War on Drugs’ Protest the Chinese Government for Leading the World in Executions
In 2014, China executed more people than all countries combined, including many for drug-related offenses
Ahead of major United Nations meeting on global drug policy, activists call for new approach to drugs focused on public health and safety
What: Protest calling to end inhumane death penalties for drug related offenses
When: This Friday (4/8) @ 11AM.
Where: The Chinese Consulate, 520 12th Ave between W.42nd St. and W. 43rd St.
Details: People with a history of drug use, the formerly incarcerated and people living with AIDS, all identifying as “victims of the drug war,” will protest the Chinese Consulate for its role in perpetuating some of the worst drug policies worldwide, having one of the highest drug related execution rates, and blatantly violating the principles outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights . Protestors will attempt to block traffic with a banner reading “Just Say 没有!” to China’s Death Penalty for Drug Offenses!”
For more background on China’s abuses, read our fact sheet through the link.
The UN General Assembly Special Session: The Chinese Consulate protest is just one of a series of actions leading up to the April 2016 United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS), the biggest global drug policy meeting in over a decade and a crucial moment for confronting the disastrous global war on drugs. For more on UNGASS and international movement for reform, visit www.StopTheHarm.org.
Past Actions: VOCAL-NY demonstrated at the Drug Enforcement Agency for its role in in perpetuating the worst of drug war policies; global violence, anti-science misinformation and mass incarceration. Read more here and see coverage in the Daily News and The Influence. They also protested the Russian government’s anti-harm reduction policies, which have led to a massive increase in new HIV infections, as well as AIDS-related deaths. Read more here.
Upcoming Actions: VOCAL-NY is organizing weekly actions every Friday before UNGASS.
Protest at NYC Criminal Court. Message: End the Drug War in NYC and close Rikers Island
When: Friday, 4/15 @ 11AM
Where: NYC Criminal Court 100 Center St.
For more on China’s use of the death penalty for drug offenses, read our backgrounder below: