On June 26th, groups of 100 or more campaign supporters will gather in key cities around the world for a coordinated ‘day of action’. They will all be wearing Support. Don’t Punish. t-shirts and special masks, and will pose for the media nearby key landmarks in each city. This high profile and visually symbolic ‘action’ will help raise awareness about the campaign messages and the need for drug policy reform around the world.

Why June 26th?

The 26th of June is the United Nations’ International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, a day for governments to ‘celebrate’ the war on drugs – some governments even executing drug offenders to mark the occasion. Paradoxically, that same day is also the United Nations’ International Day in Support of Victims of Torture – and a recent UN human rights report has highlighted how the global denial of care to people who use drugs may fall under this category.

As such, the Support. Don’t Punish. campaign aims to reclaim the 26th June to promote more humane and effective drug policies that prioritise the health and welfare of people who use drugs, and their families and communities.

Which Cities?

So far, the following cities have confirmed their participation. Please contact the individuals below for more information:

If you would like to organise an action in your own city, please download the Day of Action Toolkit, which contains all of the resources you will need.

If you cannot participate in an ‘action’ in your city, you can still show your support on the 26th June by changing your Facebook and Twitter profile pictures to the Support. Don’t Punish. campaign logo for the day. The logo can be downloaded here

As such, the Support. Don’t Punish. campaign aims to reclaim the 26th June to promote more humane and effective drug policies that prioritise the health and welfare of people who use drugs, and their families and communities.

If you cannot participate in an ‘action’ in your city, you can still show your support on the 26th June by changing your Facebook and Twitter profile pictures to the Support. Don’t Punish. campaign logo for the day. The logo can be downloaded here.