LEAHN eNews Nov/Dec 2014

World AIDS Day 

Special Edition

Our special edition LEAHN eNews for this World AIDS Day on 1st December 2014 includes:

  • Editorial by LEAHN's Melissa Jardine
  • New! Video on HIV and harm reduction: policing key populations
  • New! Report published from the Consultation on Police and HIV
  • Announcement of the 'Amsterdam Declaration'

Editorial: What does World AIDS Day mean for police? 

"World AIDS Day presents a significant opportunity for police to extend their professional role as leaders in reducing harm in our society" 

It also provides an opportunity for police to reflect on why they became police officers and how well they are living up to their sworn duty.

Law enforcement officers who are reluctant to investigate their role in HIV prevention risk being left behind. All the more reason why this World AIDS Day, on December 1st, is an opportunity for everyone to put police-health partnerships on their radar. 

Read the full version of this Special Edition Editorial by LEAHN's Melissa Jardine (Former police officer)

New video on HIV and harm reduction: policing key populations

Watch the video and hear how dedicated these police are to making a positive contribution to the HIV response. The video was recorded in Amsterdam in conjunction with the Consultation on Police and HIV.

The interviews are with some of LEAHN's Country Focal Points, each of whom is a serving or a retired senior police officer, and each of whom is committed to ensuring that the police make a positive contribution in their countries and the global HIV response.

Watch the video

New report published on Consultation on Police and HIV

On the 4th of October 2014, a Consultation on Police and HIV was held in Amsterdam. 

The Consultation came about as a result of the recognition of a need for co-ordination and collaboration between all agencies working with police in the HIV response, and better planning and sharing of resources and experience. It was convened by the Law Enforcement and HIV Network (LEAHN), and co-organised by the Centre for Law Enforcement and Public Health (CLEPH), the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) and Birkbeck School of Law at the University of London.

Read the LEAHN Consultation report including workgroup recommendations and participant feedback

Please add your comments about the Consultation or the report in the section at the bottom of the LEAHN website.

We would love to hear from you!


Announcing the Amsterdam Declaration


The Consultation on Police and HIV  produced the 'Amsterdam Declaration on Police Partnerships for Harm Reduction'.  

The purpose of the Declaration is to recognise the importance of the need to establish, develop and sustain partnerships  between police and other law enforcement agencies and people living with, and affected by, HIV, and those providing care, treatment and support for them, and to further affirm that these partnerships must be informed by a human rights-based approach, and a commitment to the principles of harm reduction. 

Don't forget to share the Amsterdam Declaration with your friends and colleagues!

Read the Amsterdam Declaration and view signatories


Interested in Law Enforcement and Public Health?

Check out the CLEPH website for updates, interesting reads and news.


Calling all law enforcement officers!

Join over 10,000 police and law enforcement officers and sign the Statement of Support for Harm Reduction.

Officers from over 40 countries have signed to show their support.  

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Latest News

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Includes an article by LEAHN advisor Geoff Monaghan.

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The 24th International Harm Reduction Conference will take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 18-21 October 2015.

 Read more

LE and HIV Training

LEAHN Regional Co-ordinator Alex Zelichenko conducted training in Minsk, Republic of Belarus, to enhance partnerships between law enforcement agents and civil society organisations to increase client access to harm reduction services and increase public safety. 

Read more

Anti-violence against women campaign

LEAHN Country Focal Point for Kyrgyzstan, Gulsara Alieva,  retired police colonel, called on her colleagues – law enforcement representatives – to stop police violence against women who use drugs.

Watch the video message


Many of LEAHN's Country Focal Points were busy at the Law Enforcement and Public Health Conference in Amsterdam in October 2014.

Check out the LEPH2014 website for links to photos and the program

(Some presentations are available to view)

New TED Talk

Have you ever wondered what the war on drugs has done for the world?

Don't miss this powerful and inspiring TED Talk by drug policy reformer Ethan Nadelmann recorded in October 2014.

Watch the 17 minute video
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