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10. Human rights

In this training you will be given the tools needed to empower yourself and the people who use drugs in your area. Substance users are often denied access to medical care and legal assistance. Violence against them is commonplace.

  • How do you build a network that aims to strengthen the rights of people who use drugs?
  • How do you deal with the police?
  • And how do you document violence and human rights violations?

Mainline works with local organisations around the world at both the street and policy level. Linking local organisations, human rights organisations

and networks of people who use drugs can make great strides towards global human rights for people who use drugs.


“Mainline provided paralegal training to our peer outreach workers in three cities. The training was very well received. All participants gave excellent feedback and through this training an effective tool was developed to record human rights inflictions suffered by injecting substance users."

"This tool is now part of our human rights violations project plan.”
Shaun Shelly, University of Cape Town, South Africa.

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