Tbilisi, Georgia
Joined January 2022

Russian-speaking network of human rights activists from former prisoners and people who used drugs in EECA, defend in courts, the ECHR / UN, contribute to the reform of legislation

Presence in: Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine
Focus: Community Organizing, Community Paralegals, Criminal Justice, Education, Health, HIV/Aids, Policy Advocacy, Protection & Safety, Right to Information

The goal of RuNPUD is to create an enabling environment for full realization of human rights and freedoms, justice for people who use/previously used drugs, prisoners/ex-prisoners. For security considerations, RuNPUD was registered in Georgia on September 7, 2020. RuNPUD includes representatives from Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and Russia. We have open membership, elected bodies and democratic principles of governance.

Members of RNPUD provide legal assistance to prisoners/ex-prisoners, drug addicts and their relatives who have a high level of trust  considering the “peer to peer” approach. All members of RuNPUD are successfully socialized people with lived experiences (prison, criminal prosecution, including for drug use).

RuNPUD activities: documenting cases of violation of rights, media activities, judicial representation in countries, as well as submission of complaints to the ECHR, submission of shadow reports to the UN committees, promotion of the discussion on reforms in the countries we are present.

RuNPUD is made up of members of the minority. We train people like us, we give them basic knowledge on how to use the law, mentor them in protecting their own rights, the rights of their loved ones, help them master the tools to influence the legislation of their own countries.