Support: don’t Punish Campaign


One of the main activities of the Support. Don’t Punish campaign is a Global Day of Action taking place on 26th June each year.

26th June 2015 will be the third Day of Action organised so far. On 26th June 2013, 41 cities from around the world took part in the first ever Global Day of Action. On 26th June 2014, 100 cities around the world held a huge variety of different actions.


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Why 26th June?

26th June is the United Nations’ International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking – a day that on which many governments celebrate their contributions to the global ‘war on drugs’. In the past, some governments have even commemorated this day by holding public executions or beatings of drug offenders.

By taking part in the Global Day of Action, you can help to “reclaim” the message on this important day.

26th June is also the United Nations’ International Day in Support of Victims of Torture – an ironic coincidence given the widespread torture and abuse suffered in the name of the war on drugs.
What can you do this year?

The aim for the Global Day of Action is to produce high-profile and visually symbolic local actions. It is your choice to decide what these actions are – and this decision depends on what is feasible and affordable, what works best in the local context, and what you think will have the greatest impact. The numbers involved can range from 10 or 20 people, to more than 100 people in some cities – and we hope that the examples from other cities can serve as inspiration as well. One of the greatest impacts that the campaign can have is through attracting positive media attention and raising awareness of the campaign issues. We recommend that local partners engage with the local media ahead of 26th June.

The only requirement we ask is that these actions are connected to the global campaign by using the Support. Don’t Punish logo. This could be on t-shirts, banners, posters, reports or other materials.

This allows us to tie together the local actions and to demonstrate that they are all part of a coordinated global effort. In many cities, you may also decide to use the Support. Don’t Punish logo alongside that of your organisation, your partners, and other campaigns.

Finally, this Global Day of Action will be the last one before the UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on drugs takes place in April 2016. 26th June 2015 is therefore an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of the campaign issues.

If you are looking for inspiration about what to do, have a look at the actions that took place in 2013 and 2014!
How can we help?

We have put together a series of resources to help you put together your Day of Action on 26th June. This includes:

    A detailed Guide offering step-by-step instructions to help you plan, promote, deliver and document your event
    Campaign tools and materials (including logos, flyers, banners, etc.)
    Media releases and support

For a full list of resources, please click here.
What is the next step?

We are currently collecting information about who wants to organise an action in their city, where and with whom. If you are interested, please email us at

So far, actions have been confirmed in:

    Australia: Sydney
    Belgium: Brussels
    Bolivia: Cochabamba
    Brazil: Rio de Janeiro, Campinas, Salvador, Natal, Sao Paulo, Brasilia
    Bulgaria: Sofia
    Burundi: TBC
    Canada: Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa
    Colombia: Bogota
    Costa Rica: San Jose
    Denmark: Copenhagen, Allinge (Bornholm)
    Egypt: Minya
    France: Toulouse, Marseilles, Paris, Nantes, Montpellier
    Gambia: Banjul
    Georgia: Tbilisi
    Ghana: Accra
    Greece: Athens
    Hungary: Budapest
    India: Pune, Chennai, Dehli, Haridwar, Imphal, Jammu, Longleng, Meghalaya, Panipat, Patna
    Indonesia: Bandung, Bengkulu, Bogor, Cirebon, Denpasar, Jakarta, Jambi, Jogyakarta, Makassar, Mataram, Medan, Palembang, Pontianak, Sukabumi, Surabaya
    Ireland: Dublin, Dundalk, Athlone, Wexford, Cork, Cavan, Navan, Ennis, Galway, Limerick, Wexford
    Ivory Coast: Abidjan
    Lebanon: Beirut
    Liberia: Monrovia
    Lithuania: Vilnius
    Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur
    Mali: Bamako
    Mauritius: Port Louis
    Mexico: Mexico City
    Montenegro: Podgorica, Bar, Kotor, Niksic
    Myanmar: Yangon
    Nepal: Bhaktapur, Biratnagar, Birtamod, Butwal, Chitwan, Dhangadi, Dharan, Kathmandu, Mahendranagar, Nepalgunj, Pokhara, Surkhet, Syangja
    New Zealand: Auckland
    Nigeria: Abuja, Niamey
    Norway: Oslo
    Poland: Warsaw
    Portugal: TBC
    Puerto Rico: San Juan
    Romania: Bucharest
    Serbia: Belgrade
    Senegal: Dakar
    Sierra Leone: Freetown
    Slovakia: Bratislava
    Spain: Reus
    Switzerland: Geneva, Fribourg, Lausanne
    Tanzania: Dar es Salaam
    Thailand: Bangkok
    Tunisia: Sfax
    UK: London, Sheffield, Bournemouth
    USA: Oakland, San Francisco
    Zimbabwe: Harare

This list will be updated regularly as we receive news from you.


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