hclu film 2011 Video Advocacy Activities of the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union
“HCLU videos get the voice out that otherwise would not “I also forward some of the movies to Ministry of Health be heard. It also helps our movement itself to define our colleagues as part of my responsibility for monitoring own messages.” developments in international drugs policy.” Rick Lines, Director, Harm Reduction International Bruce Atmore, Senior Policy Analyst, Ministry of Health, New Zealand “The HCLU drugreporter films from our point of view open a new dimension in advocacy for drug policy reform.” “The films that you make are dynamic, they are not boring, Eberhard Schatz, Director, Correlation Network, they make people want to watch them.” The Netherlands Anya Sarang, Director, Andrey Rylkov Foundation, Russia “Your ability to produce these videos in such short time, in such high level is absolutely fantastic. Its an educational vehicle, its inspirational for other people that this level of professionalism can be brought to this, and also, because HCLU is in the cutting edge of all the discussions and debates in drug policy, it provides a fantastic opportunity. I only wish we could imitate what you are doing in the United States”. Ethan Nadelmann, Director, Drug Policy Alliance, USA
“We count on you because we are very bad communicaters as civil servants, and you are good communicators. So please go ahead.” Carel Edwards, Former Head of the European Commission’s Anti-Drug Coordinating Unit, EU “I personally retweet all your videos on my twitter.” Mauro Guarinieri, Senior Civil Society Officer, The Global Fund, Geneva, Switzerland
“In Asia it would work amazingly because not all of us can “Politicians know that these tools are exposing them to read and write, but we can wach stuff and listen.” criticism and scrutiny, and they do watch these videos. So Dean Lewis, Asian Network for People who Use they can have a really big impact.” Drugs Steve Rolles, Senior Policy Analyst at Transform Drug Policy Foundation “The more people that we can reach through these types of videos, the better.” “The way you do it is not in a two hundred pages report but Joseph Amon, Director, Health and Human Rights in a very simple clean cut video that is putting out messagDivision, Human Rights Watch, USA es which helps empower young people and break stigma and discrimination.” “No one does video advocacy like the HCLU. We are all Aram Barra, Director Espolea, Mexico mutually supporting each other and pushing our messages and agenda forward. I think its an incredibly collaborative effort, and you guys listen to what people say but you “This goes everywhere, this goes all over the world. Adalso say this is where we should be going. I think you do vocacy is much more important to spend money on than research. The research is there, now the advocates must an incredible work.” use the research to make the case.” Allan Clear, Director, Harm Reduction Associaton, Pat O’Hare, Honorary President, Harm Reduction InUSA ternational
Availabilty Training Prizes Staff and contributors Funding Equipment Foreign language films Drug Policy HIV/AIDS Fredom of Speech click here download to in pdf
Hungarian Language films Roma Rights Political Freedoms Drug Policy Patient’s Rights and Disability Rights HIV/AIDS Fundraising Films in progress Table of films in 2011
This illustrated report was written and designed by István Gábor Takács, director of the HCLU’s video advocacy program, using the original text for the drug policy films by Péter Sárosi. English language proof-reading by Joseph Foss. The report is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. 2012, Budapest.
2011 was another busy year for the HCLU. We produced 141 films, out of which 49 are foreign language and 92 are Hungarian language videos. With the drug policy program we traveled to ten countries and collected footage for the Count the Costs campaign, that calls on governments to count the costs of the 50 year old drug war. The highlights of our drug policy related videos this year were the “Drug Lords International” video messages and protest, where an imaginary international drug cartel thanks the UN for their great job in keeping the 400 billion USD market in their criminal hands. The videos got around 150 thousand views and the campaign in Hungary was awarded the best viral video of the year. We successfully campaigned on the side of the Polish Drug Policy Network to soften the very strict Polish drug laws. The campaign movies were viewed 53 thousand times and the law was changed, so now the public prosecutors will be able to refrain from prosecuting a person for the possession of psychoactive or psychotropic substances if the individual possesses only a small amount of an illegal drug for personal use and has been arrested for the first time. The Video Program director trained many of the HCLU’s program directors to enable them to film and edit on their own. In the case of the disability rights program director this turned out to so well, that he produced his
45 minute long film “The Invisible” on why mass institutions that still exist for 15 thousand people living with disabilities in Hungary must now close down. The film got very good reviews, 26 thousand views online, was featured in written and online press and was shown on Duna Television. The Disability rights and patients’ rights program directors jointly produced a video against the criminalization of homelessness, that shamefully happened recently in Hungary. The Roma program of the HCLU expanded from a few field workers to 26 HCLU points in the countryside where people can Skype with our volunteer Lawyers in Budapest. With 20 payed and 20 volunteer staff, the cases and issues have grown so fast that alongside the full time cameraman we hired a half time editor to work only on these videos. We plan to hire him full time in 2012. We produced many films for the Roma program, the most important about the sad events that unfolded in Gyöngyöspata. In March 2011 at this small Hungarian settlement paramilitary groups, in the name of public order, intimidated the local Roma population for weeks. The authorities took no actions against the extremists for a long time. The terrorizing of the local Roma ended up in a fight between the neo-nazis and locals, and according to our knowledge only roma were sentenced at the end.
We finally became able to train fellow activists and to enable them to use video effectively to advocate for their own causes. We trained drug policy reformers in Mexico. In 2011 we shot so much material, that we have around 25 films in progress, which will be finished in 2012.
staff and contributors The HCLU film staff consists of 2 full time personnel and one half time personnel, István Gábor Takács as the head of the video advocacy program, editor and director, Róbert Bordás as cameraman and editor and Ádám Surányi as half time editor for the roma program. The HCLU films are made together with the coordinators of other HCLU programs. The drug policy films are made with Péter Sárosi, director of the drug policy program, who works as a reporter and director on the films. Balázs Dénes, director of HCLU, works as producer, co-director and sometimes as cameraman. Tamás Verdes, the disabilities program coordinator, films and edits his own films. He and the program coordinator assist all the other program directors, like Stefánia Kapronczay of the disabilities program, Tivadar Hüttl of the freedom of information program, Ferenc Bagyinszky the HIV/AIDS program coordinator and Szabolcs Hegyi, the political freedoms program director, and Melinda Zsolt, the HCLU communication officer to finalize their own works. We are grateful for the wonderful people who provide us narrations, subtitles and translations: Arielle Reid, Patrícia Kovács, Balázs Szigeti, Alexandra Gurinova, Joseph Foss, Katalin Sós, Tamás Kardos, Máté Kerényi, Ágnes Kövesi, Anna Recski, Lili Török, Hunter Holliman, Martin Steldinger, Jan Stola and our friends at Espolea, Aram Barra, Brun Gonzales and Gabo Amezcua. The roma program films are made as joint effort by Ádám Surányi, Róbert Bordás, the roma program field workers and lawyers and the program coordinators, Eszter Jovánovics and Judit Horváth. Tamás Kardos works as EDPI coordinator. Andrea Polgár provides the very important logistical background as head of office at the HCLU.
prizes In 2011 we were awarded the best viral video award of 2011 by Kreatív Magazin. We received an award for our film about eviction at the IV. Roma Documentary Film Festival.
availability The full list of HCLU films can be found in the back of this report. The foreign language films with accompanying articles on the HCLU website can be found here and in Hungarian here. We have English and Hungarian language databases with all the info about the films including download and streaming links and downloadable subtitles here and in Hungarian here.
funding The HCLU video advocacy program does not have a standalone budget, but it gets its funding from other Programs of the HCLU. The vast majority of its funding is provided by the Open Society Foundation’s specific programs, mostly the Global Drug Policy Program in the form of financing from the Drug Policy Program that runs the European Drug Policy Initiative. We also accept funds from the Common Sense for Drug Policy foundation, the Royal Embassy of the Netherlands and our card holding members. HCLU does not accept Hungarian state funding at all.
On the picture in the right is the full HCLU staff in 2011, from left to right: Tamás Verdes, Disabilities Program Coordinator; István Gábor Takács, Video Advocacy Program Director; Péter Sárosi, Drug Policy Program Director; Balázs Dénes, Executive Director; Tamás Kardos, EDPI coordinator and Media Monitor Program Officer; Ádám Surányi, Roma Program video officer; Péter Erdey, Roma Program Lawyer; Róbert Bordás, Roma Program Cameraman; Andrea Polgár, Head of Office; Ágnes Oravecz, former Fundraiser; Melinda Zsolt, Head of Communications; Judith Horváth, Roma Program Coordinator; Tibor Kis, Roma Program Field Worker; Péter Juhász, Roma Program Field Worker; Levente Baltay, legal Aid Lawyer, Andrea Pelle, Legal Aid Director, Szabolcs Hegyi, Political Rights Program Director; Tivadar Hüttl, Data Protection and Freedom of Information Program Director; Eszter Jovánovics, Roma Program Director; Ferenc Bagyinszky, HIV/AIDS Program Director; Zsuzsanna Nyitray, Roma Program Assistant Lawyer, Stefánia Kapronczay, Patients’ Rights Program Director; Éva Vajda, Investigative Journalism Program Director; Aliya Rakhmetova, SWAN Coordinator; Szabolcs Miklós Sánta, Legal Aid Service Staff, András Cserny, Legal Aid Service Staff; Éva Simon, Member of the Executive Committee; Tamás Szigeti, Freedom of Speech Program Officer; László Siroki, Roma Program Field Worker; Nóra Perlik, Accountant; Kata Sós, East East Program Coordinator; Tamás Fazekas, Legal Aid Service Officer; Gabriella Harmat, Financial Assistant
equipment As more HCLU staff go out and shoots their own movies, we need to develop our gear. In 2010 we bought a Sony Nex VG10. In 2011 we bought the second version of the same brand, the Sony NEX VG20 and we are very satisfied with the capabilities of this interchangable lens video camera. We bought one new and two used Macbook Pros so our collegues can not only edit on our office based Mac, but also on site and at home.
István Gábor Takács and the youth activists at Espolea’s office in Mexico City
In September 2011 we traveled to Mexico City to film at the III Latin American and I Mexican Drug Policy Conference, for the Count the Costs campaign. before the conference the HCLU’s video program director held a two day long training for members of youth drug reform organizations, representing Espolea, Asuntos del Sur, FHN, HCR, Trip!, SSDP, CSSDP and Youth RISE.
The video program director also trained HCLU’s staff several times. We held a brief training for the partners of the roma program in how to use mobile phones to record interviews, testimonies and rights abuses.
In Mexico City before the III Latin American and I Mexican Drug Policy Conference we produced a short film that was shown at the conference and put online. In the video participants call upon youth to organize and take part in changing harmful drug policies.
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drug policy In 2011 we produced 45 drug policy related foreign language films. We traveled to Vienna, Beirut, Warsaw, Lisbon and Porto, Mexico City, London, Marseilles, Los Angeles, Vancouver and Copenhagen. The most successful drug policy films we created this year were for the Drug Lords International Campaign and for the drug law reform in Poland. Our website, the Drugreporter delivers news and videos on all aspects of drug policy and harm reduction development. Drugreporter has a strong presence in social media: The Hungarian â€œDrogriporterâ€? Facebook page has 13 thousand followers, and the English version, which we started much later is also catching up with 5000 followers.
“Pablo, the Mexican Drug Lord” celebrating the 50 years of drug war in front of the United Nations in Vienna
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50 years ago in 1961, the United Nations adopted the first international treaty to prohibit some drugs – particularly drugs used by non-Europeans such as cannabis, cocaine and heroin. As a result of this convention, the unsanctioned production and trafficking of these drugs became a crime in all member states of the UN. It is now clear that punitive drug policies have several unintended consequences: they fuel the global HIV epidemic, undermine public health systems, result in a crisis for criminal justice systems, lead to severe human rights violations and create a massive illicit market worth an estimated annual value of almost 400 billion USD. There is a small group though that benefits from the global war on drugs: organized criminals and terrorists. Our campaign tried to raise awareness of this reality. In our spoof videos launched right before the 2011 United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), four members of the fictional organization, “Drug Lords International” say no to drug policy reform and thank the UN for keeping drugs illegal. They thank the UN for the conventions that made them rich in these 50 years. The four video messages are by a Russian Heroin Trader, a Mexican Drug Lord, a Taliban Leader, and the Girlfriend of a Drug Kingpin. 14
The videos became very popular with 49127 views for the Russian Mafiozo and 36548 views for the Mexican Drug Lord. At the end of the videos we asked viewers to join the “Count the Costs of the 50 Years of the War on Drugs” international campaign, that HCLU supports. At the event of the 54th session of the CND we used the “Drug Lords International” characters once again. This time the Drug Lords were waiting outside at the entrance of the CND for the international delegates as they arrived at the meeting. They greated themwith champagne and welcomed them to their table to celebrate together the 50 years of the Drug War with a birthday cake. The Drug lords were singing and dancing happily, toasting the fruitful cooperation of the UN to keep drugs illegal and produce massive illegal income for the drug lords and crime groups. At the end of the celebration that amused the arriving delegates, members of drug reform organizations such as the HCLU, INPUD, Youth Rise and the Harm Reduction Coalition held a press conference for the media, to explain the enourmous costs of the drug war in human lives and wealth.
The â€œDrug Lordsâ€œ brought a cake and champagne to greet and invite the distinguished delegates arriving to the CND.
A 50 YEAR OLD CONVENTION What’s Wrong With an Update?
Yuriy Fedotov, head of UNODC
As in previous years since 2008, we not only protested outside the CND, but went into the meeting where we asked both Mr. Yuri Fedotov, the head of UNODC and his NGO critics about the 50 years of drug prohibition.
“Some critics say this convention is out of date but I disagree. The provisions of the convention remain valid as it does center focus on the protection of health. I urge the international community to rejuvenate the convention and I encourage member states to rededicate yourselves to implement its provisions.” said Mr. Yuri Fedotov, the director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in his opening speech.
The HCLU and their allies are one of the critics saying this convention is out of date. Rather than rejuvenating the convention, we suggest to rejuvenate the funding principles of the United Nations and have a fresh look at the international drug control system in the light of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
THE RUSSIAN DRUG CZAR VS. METHADONE Parcel of Lies
Viktor Ivanov, head oft he Federal Drug Control Service of Russia
It has become a kind of custom at the CND for us along with other journalists to ask the Russian Drug Czar Mr. Ivanov at his press conference why the Russian government still criminalizes and imprisons drug users instead of providing them with effective, science-based treatment; and why is OST illegal in a country with a very high rate of HIV infections among injecting drug users? Mr. Ivanovâ€™s answer was again disappointing: he said there is no evidence that methadone
substitution is effective and to the contrary, there is evidence that it leads to an increase in overdose deaths among drug users. It is not surprising that Ivanov denies the scientific consensus on the effectiveness of OST. This is nothing new; Russian government officials always turn to lying when there is no other escape from inconvenient questions. The real question is why the international organizations, especially the UN agency on drugs (UNODC) is not more vocal
when it comes to Russia and methadone? Methadone is on the List of Essential Medicines of the WHO, and OST is supported by all relevant UN bodies as a crucial tool in preventing HIV and overdoses. Yet still, the outrageous statements of the Russian government on OST remain unchallenged and nobody speaks up for the rights of vulnerable people to have access to effective and humane treatment. In our film we asked Juri Fedotov, head of UNODC and international experts about the issue! 19
Péter Sárosi, Márta Ágnes Dunay and Tamás Szigeti at the vigil.
At the Russian Embassy in Budapest Later in 2011, at the request of our Russian activist friends, the HCLU organized a candlelight vigil in front of the Russian Embassy in Budapest on the International Drug User Memorial Day on July 21. At the vigil several international activists (the students of the Summer School on Human Rights and Drug Policy of Central European University) spoke out against the madness of the war on drugs and urged the government of the Russian Federation to give up its plans to introduce a “total war on drugs” and implement science-based, effective forms of prevention, treatment and harm reduction that respect the human rights of people who use drugs.
Gagarin smiled and listened at the vigil in front of the Russian Embassy.
Agnieszka Sieniawska of the Polish Drug Policy Network and Istvรกn Gรกbor Takรกcs Interviewing the mother of an incarcerated young boy who posessed marijuana in Poland.
ITâ€™S TIME TO REFORM Drug Policy in Poland
62.1 Itâ€™s Time for Drug Policy Reform in Poland! After 10 years of zero-tolerance, the Polish Parliament has decided to reform the drug law. The HCLU cooperated with the Polish Drug Policy Network, our partner in the European Drug Policy Initiative (EDPI), in order to promote the case of decriminalization in Poland. We produced one major film to ask for support, and 8 short spots to further spread the message of the necessity of the change. The videos were spread online and the Polish Drug Policy Network sent the DVDversion of this movie as part of a comprehensive package to all members of the Senate. We hope that our work finally contributed to the success of the campaign: the Senate voted on the change and the reform finally happened in May 2011. The film was very popular in Poland, with 53188 views on YouTube! 24
COUNT THE COSTS
50 Years of the War on Drugs
Listening to the presentations in Lisbon, Portugal.
2011 was the 50th anniversary of the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, the first international treaty prohibiting (some) drugs. The War on Drugs: Count the Costs campaign calls on governments and international agencies to meaningfully evaluate the unintended consequences of the war on drugs and explore evidence-based alternatives. Count the Costs is a collaborative project between a range of organisations that, while representing a diverse range of expertise and viewpoints, share a desire to reduce the unintended costs of the war on drugs. The HCLUâ€™s team filmed the opening of the campaign at the 54th Session of the Commission of Narcotic Drugs. Later in 2011 the Transform Drug Policy Foundation, in partnership with all the major UK drug policy organisations, held a dinner and discussion for a select group of 30 key NGOs from the development, security, human rights and environment sectors at the Commonwealth Club in London. The high-level event featured presentations by the former president of Brazil and chair of the Global Commission on Drug Policy Henrique Fernando Cardoso, the former president of Switzerland Ruth Dreifuss (also of the Global Commission) and Eduardo Medina Mora,
Mexican ambassador to the UK and Mexicoâ€™s former attorney general. We filmed and published the speech of Ruth Dreifuss (president of the Swiss Federation in 1999 - the first woman to hold this position) who as a member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy joined those leading figures who speak out openly against the global war on drugs and urge governments to find alternatives. The other Speech we published is by Danny Kushlick, Board Member of the Transform Drug Policy Foundation, one of the few who have a coherent view on how the new model replacing prohibition should look like. The Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU) is one of the leading organizations of the Count the Costs Campaign. In June 2011 we mobilized our partners in the European Drug Policy Initiative (EDPI) to organize coordinated actions in five European cities - Sofia, Bucharest, Warsaw, Oslo, Porto - to raise public awareness on the costs of the war on drugs. We filmed the events in Portugal and Poland, and our other partners filmed their events at home. We then used the footage from the five countries the produce a summary film, and a shorter teaser to the Count the Costs Campaign. 25
THE STATE OF HARM REDUCTION In Europe
Harm reduction acivists in Marseille.
We attended the first meeting of the European Harm Reduction Network (EuroHRN) in Marseille, France. We interviewed professionals and activists from several countries to give the audience an overview of the current state of harm reduction in Europe. By the end of the century harm reduction as a practice became an integral part of national drug strategies in almost all countries of Europe – what is more, harm reduction became official European Union policy. In WesternEurope several cities started to experiment with innovative programs such as supervised injection and smoking facilities, heroin maintenance treatment and Naloxone distribution.
By now, harm reduction is part of the mainstream drug treatment systems in most European countries and the results are very visible: injecting drug use is a far lesser problem in terms of HIV, crime, and overdoses in Europe than in those parts of the world that resisted harm reduction. We can witness some backward trends today. Due to the economic crisis there are significant budget cuts and the welfare state is in danger. In a world of scarce resources people tend to blame marginalized groups for their problems and there is a growing support for populistic politics holding out the promise to restore law and order.
Péter Sárosi of the HCLU at the Notre-Dame de la Garde, in Marseille.
Police car in Los Angeles.
DRUG POLICY, HARM REDUCTION AND USER ACTIVISM In the United States
In November 2010 we attended the 8th National Harm Reduction Conference in Austin, Texas where we asked many activists, outreach workers and service providers what harm reduction means to them. The conference was organized by the Harm Reduction Coalition, a national advocacy and capacity-building organization that promotes the health and dignity of individuals and communities impacted by drug use. For most people we interviewed in “United States of Harm Reduction”, harm reduction is not an obscure ideology or a Trojan horse - but simply a way of life, a way of helping people who use drugs to stay alive and healthy against all odds in a country hit by the war on drugs. It is not drugs that are being arrested, prosecuted, imprisoned, stigmatized and marginalized – but people. The people most affected by the war on drugs have been organizing a resistance movement all over the world: they form user groups, they promote harm reduction programs, they fight for better health and social care, and they negotiate peace with the authorities. In our second film from Austin, “Voices from the Margin: Drug User Activists in the US” we focus on the user movement in the US: how can people who use drugs survive inthe country where the global war on drugs was born. The activists we interviewed showed us a brilliant example of the inaccuracy of the perception that drug users are passive and incapacitated, or that they don’t care about the social and political environment in which they use drugs. At the conference we had a chance to interview Sonja Sohn, the actress who played Kima Greggs in The Wire. We learned that she founded the ReWIRED for Change - an outreach program intended to communicate with (and ultimately rehabilitate) at-risk youth involved in criminal activity. This program has been using the TV show as a teaching tool to examine and query them about their lives and past actions. We also took the chance to record some interesting presentations: We published the full analysis of the Drug Policy Alliance’s Executive Director Ethan Nadelmann about drug policy during the Obama administration. We also filmed a session on drug prohibition violence in Mexico, in which William Martin from the Baker Institute for Public Policy, Daniel Robelo of the Drug Policy Alliance and Kathleen Staudt from the University of Texas at El Paso discuss the harms caused by the drug war in Mexico. 32
Activist of Vocal in New York. (Picture by Vocal)
TO THE NEXT LEVEL
Marijuana Regulation in the US
These 16 states in the US had medical marijuana regulations in 2011.
At the end of 2011 we attended the International Drug Policy Reform Conference in Los Angeles. In our film “To The Next Level: Marijuana Regulation in the US” we report about the present and future of US marijuana regulation. We interviewed activists from several organizations, asked questions about the chances of state level ballot initiatives, we even saw how people will use cannabis in the 21st Century. Although the Federal government of the Unites States of America lists marijuana as a Schedule I substance – that have high potential for abuse and no recognized medical use – recently 16 states have ignored the federal ban and made marijuana available as a medicine. There is a wide range of regulatory models from unregulated distribution in some parts of California to a centralized state control model in the state of Colorado. The medical models are paving the way to the next level
of regulation - in which all adults who would like to enhance their wellnes will have legal access to marijuana for personal use. As we usually do in conferences we also recorded interesting sessions and presentations. This time we published five presentations from the opening session, by the current California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsome, former New Mexico Governor Garry Johnson, Co-Director of the Los Angeles Community Action Network Pete White, President of the California NAACP Alice Huffman, and Ethan Nadelmann, Executive Director of the DPA. We also filmed the exciting presentations by Julie Holland, Gabor Maté and Carl Hart on Drug, Set and Setting – Today. One of the most touching moments of the conference was when a mother shared her story of how MDMA helped her daughter through her most difficult and final days.
SPARC, San Francisco Patient and Resource Center (Picture: thesuperslice.com)
The counter of Harborside Health Center in Oakland, California. (Picture: sacbee.com)
SPARC, San Francisco Patient and Resource Center (Picture: archiculturefilm.com)
Kris Krane of 4Front advisors showing a pen sized cannabis vaporizer which works with cartridges containing hashish oil.
Medical marijuana evaluation advertisement in Venice Beach, Los Angeles.
PRISON UPRISING In Lebanon
While at the Harm Reduction Conference in Lebanon, the HCLU film crew witnessed and filmed a protest in front of a prison by family members, while prisoners rioted inside. It is often forgotten that prisoners should be treated with dignity as human beings - this is especially true for the prisoners held in the Roumieh prison in Lebanon. PĂŠter SĂĄrosi in front of Roumieh prison.
This facility was built to house 1500 inmates but often 5500 people are hold here, 30-35 people in one cell, thousands of them are pre-trial detaines who do not see a judge for several years. In April 2011 an uprising broke out in the prison. Our film about harm reduction in Lebanon was only ready in the beginning of 2012 so it will be described in detail in our 2012 report.
hiv/aids FOR AIDS ACTION EUROPE Creating a Branding Video
The HCLU helped produce the branding video for Aids Action Europe, by using the footage provided by AAE members. AIDS Action Europe was established in 2004 and has grown to be one of the largest HIV-related networks in the region. AAEâ€™s network reaches beyond the borders of the European Union and covers all 53 countries in Europe and Central Asia.
Their mission is to unite civil society to work towards a more effective response to the HIV epidemic in Europe and Central Asia. Members of thier network comprise a diversity of about 400 NGOs, national networks, AIDS service organisations, activists and community based groups of people living with HIV.
FOR THE UNAIDS PCB Creating a Video Spot
We also helped the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board NGO Delegation to produce a video spot for its 2011 Report that offers several recommendations to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) board and its Member States with regards to HIV strategies and related laws and policies.
The major finding of the report is that punitive laws and policies directed at vulnerable populations undermine the efforts to fight HIV/AIDS. More than 250 individuals contributed to the report and some of the footage used in the films was also sent to us by representatives in the field.
freedom of speech JOINT DECLARATION
On Freedom of Expression on Internet
Tamรกs Szigeti of the HCLU.
On 1 June 2011, four special rapporteurs on freedom of speech issued a joint declaration on the freedom of expression and the internet in Budapest. The signatories are Frank La Rue UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression; Dunja Mijatoviฤ OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media; Catalina Botero
Marino, OAS Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression; Faith Pansy Tlakula ACHPR Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information. Three of them were present at the press conference in Budapest. The HCLU helped organize the event, and made a video on the press conference.
Frank La Rue UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression; Dunja Mijatović OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media; Catalina Botero Marino, OAS Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression; Faith Pansy Tlakula ACHPR Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information. Toby Mendel, Centre for Law and Democracy, Miklós Haraszty, Former Representative on Freedom of Media at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)
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CCTV recording of a drunk man provoking Roma citizens in Gyöngyöspata on 26.04.2011. After waving “Heil Hitler” style, he shouted: “Fuck me, I am pissing in the shape of a swastica.”
“Better Future Militia Vigilante Association” “patrolling” the village.
Racist Terror in Hungary
In March 2011 at a Hungarian settlement paramilitany groups, in the name of public order, intimidated the local Roma population for weeks. The authorities took no actions against the extremists for a long time. The so called “Better Future Militia Vigilante Association” that can be tied to the anti-roma “Jobbik party”, patroled the village for weeks in uniforms as if they were police, and the police let them do so. “My house will be painted with your blood, and I’ll have it built on the Gypsy-row, right here!” In addition to threats similar to these, there were also men in masks, whips and spontoons, spitting, use of the term Gypsies and other racial slurs, premature births due to fear, and terrorized children urinating in their pants. Afterwards, another neo-nazi group called “Véderő” (Protection Force) moved into the village and planned to hold an army training camp (with real looking airsoft guns) by the roma part of the Village. The Hungarian Red Cross then moved out the women and children for the weekend. Only after international attention did the government move to action, by introducing a law that prohibited uniformed patroling with52
out permission. But the government never took responsibility for how the events unfolded. After weeks of tension, one night the roma and Protection Forces clashed. A drunk neo-nazi waved his hands “Heil Hitler” style while urinating a swaztica pattern on the ground in the middle of the street and shouting to the Roma nearby. He then went among the Roma who did not hesitate to beat him up. As far as we know, as is usual in Hungary, only roma were prosecuted after the fight. The local mayor resigned and the Jobbik mayor was elected. The government, instead of evaluating its own mistakes, blamed legal defenders (among them HCLU that was present at the village from the beginning and called for action against the paramilitary groups from the very start) for promoting the false sense that roma had something to fear and that the police did not protect them. The main aim of the parliamentary committe set up to evaluate the events is to find out “why and who stated untruthfully that the activity of the Red Cross, that had been previously scheduled, was an evacuation of the local Roma. What the purpose of this fear mongering was.”
HCLU was very active in calling for the end of rights abuses of roma people in the village. We produced several letters and reports, and made three films of the events. The first one was made right after the militia marched in. In this film we show testimony of how they humiliated roma people on the streets. The second one shows an event where the militia threw a stone through the window of a roma, and the police did not even bother to intervene. They simply took out the heavy stone and put it down in the garden. The final film summarizes the whole story, and accompanies the shadow report that HCLU produced.
When the Jobbik mayor took power he immediately started to be tough on roma. They are punished by the police for anything possible - for pushing the baby carriage on the street instead of the unwalkable pavement, for washing their cars with water, or for burning wood in their gardens on days when it’s otherwise allowed. Our legal aid is present in Gyöngyöspata, and we keep documenting all these cases. The Events at Gyöngyöspata attracted media interest, and those who were against the patrolling and hate marches were protesting regularly for the government to intervene. We were present at both events in front of the ministry of interior on 27.04.2011 and on 04.05.2011, and recorded and published the speeches. 53
“Since the beginning of the Program, we have already established TASZPONTs (legal support stations) at 25 locations of 4 counties of Northern Hungary” TASZPONT opens at Sajóvárkony.
„HCLU Points”. As described in our film „Partner, not target group”, the HCLU’s Roma program is to help effectuate the enforcement of the rights of people living in deep poverty, among them many roma. Our aim is to take a stand against discrimination based on ethnic background and poverty; we therefore strive to enable the stakeholders themselves, as well as their communities, with the necessary knowledge and awareness of their rights. The main target area of this Program is Northern Hungary, given that almost half of the most deprived micro-regions can be found there. We are conducting fieldwork and setting up TASZPONTs (HCLU Points) in a growing number of settlements in order to provide free legal aid to as many people as possible. We thus take legal tools to communities that live in complete isolation and are therefore devoid of any possibility to enforce their rights.
At the end of 2011 there were 25 TASZPONTs; places that have a computer with Internet, through which people can talk to HCLUâ€™s volunteer lawyers in Budapest who provide free legal advice via Skype. In cases involving a particularly serious infringement of rights, we occasionally provide free legal representation as well. Our goal is strategic litigation, which means undertaking cases through which we can positively affect judicial practice and possibly legislation. Some of the cases are being filmed by the Roma programâ€™s filming crew that now consists of a full time cameraman and a half time editor.
Levente Baltay of the HCLU providing legal aid through Skype.
Csaba Harkály HCLU Point owner and Péter Juhász of the Roma Program.
Roma are usually not allowed to enter discos around Ózd, which severely violates their rights. The municipality did everything to make it impossible to open a disco by roma. This film is the continuation of the story shown in our film “Without Rights”, where they fight to keep the disco open. At the end they have to shut it down. In another film we show the case of István Cári who died while his relatives tried to call the doctor from her house in vain, although she was at home all the time and heard the shouting. We produced 13 short video messages by Roma people on their everyday problems with poverty,
unemployment and institutional racism. Many of the films are about how they are fined day by day by police for having a flat tire or having a lamp on a bicycle that is not bright enough. This “Make Your Voice Seen” series was supported by the Royal Embassy of the Netherlands. Last but not least we filmed HCLU’s president as he held a speech on human rights day at the Foundation for a Civic Hungary, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) and the Hanns Seidel-Foundation. He then gets into a debate with the other speakers when he talks about the rights violations of Roma people in the country.
Unemployed man heading to dig coal from the ground.
Nurse at the corridor of a large scale insitution housing hundreds of people living with disabilities in Hungary.
patient’s rights and disability rights THE INVISIBLE
Campaign for Deinstitutionalization The Patients’ Rights Program deals with patients’ rights guaranteed by the Act on Health Care and other general patients’ rights issues. The program turns special attention to issues relating to everyone’s right to make informed decisions about themselves, such as reproductive freedoms (abortion, contraception, artificial insemination, surrogacy, oocyte donation, home birth, etc.), the right to refuse treatment, euthanasia and rights of the intellectually disabled. Both the head of the Patients’ Rights program and Tamás Verdes, the Disabilities Program Coordinator were trained by the video program director in camera handling and editing. In Hungary large scale institutions still house 15 thousand people living with disabilities, often under inhumane circumstances. „The Invisible”, a 45 minute advocacy film by Tamás Verdes explains why this situation has to change, and why it has to change now! In 1998, Hungary enacted in domestic law and later in international treaties that mass institutions housing 50-200 people will be terminated and new kinds of services with humane living conditions will be provided for people living with disabilities. Until today, there are
at least 15 thousand people living in 150 old castles or other types of buildings in the countryside, far away from their families and their communities, mostly under humiliating circumstances. Less expensive alternatives to mass institutions that provide humane living conditions do exist in Hungary, for example living communities for 10 persons in family housing, but these NGO run services are rare and hard to access. It is not a coincidence that although it promised the opposite, in the last 20 years, Hungary invested in renovating mass institutions instead of terminating them. These institutions provide workplaces for entire villages at the expense of people living with disabilities. The film gives voice to people living with disabilites who formerly lived in large scale institutions, and their testimonies prove why these places need to be shut down. The film was very successful, getting 28256 views on Index, the leading online news portal. It was also shown on Duna Televízió for an audience of hundreds of thousands of people, and it was featured in online and print media reviews, with very positive comments. 63
In the Left column: Children lving with disabilities and their mothers who take care of them at home. Most of the time these mothers can not go to work and can not get real social help and they have no other choice but to send their children to mass institutions. In the center: A castle for people living disabilities and its residents. In the right column: Caregiver at a small living community and its residents who live in humane circumstances, unlike their counterparts at institutions.
Hungarian citizen walks by policeman escorting a homeless person to get fined at the new office in the 8th district of Budapest. The office was installed to keep up with the number of people who were punished for â€œliving on the streets.â€œ
Human Rights Activist from the group “The City Belongs to Everybody” protesting in front of the municipality office during a campaign raid against homeless people, when police took in hundreds of people to the administrative officeto get warned and then fined for “living on the streets.“
“THEY ARE HARRASSING HOMELESS PEOPLE“ Hungary Criminalized Homelessness
In 2011 Hungary basically criminalized homelessness by making it a misdemeanour to use “public places, streets on a lifestyle basis.” First you get warned, second you get fined with 700 USD. When you can’t pay it you end up in jail, for being homeless. Besides other media and legal actions, we produced our own video that describes the inhumane situation. An external company, Creative Cafe helped us produce a short spot against the insane legislation, by showing that the fine you get for sleeping twice on a public bench is more than renting a room in the fanciest hotels in Budapest. The Patient’s Rights program produced several more shorter videos. We showed on video the experts’ views on the deinstitutionalization strategy of the government. In Hungary, people living under guardianship may not vote. The film by the HCLU and the Foundation for the Rights of People Living with Disabilities calls for the suffrage of all citizens living with disabilities. As there are plans in Hungary to restrict abortion laws, we showed negative examples from countries where it has been implemented, like Poland or Ireland. Stefánia Kapronczay head of the Patients’ Rights Program at HCLU
Protest against the â€œsystemâ€œ in Budapest with around 100 thousand people.
political freedoms „WE DON’T LIKE THE SYSTEM!” Protest for Freedom of Press
The Political Freedoms Program deals with the right to freedom of speech and of the press, the right to freedom of assembly and association, and the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. The right to express one’s views freely, private or public, even if those views are shocking or offensive, provided that do not harm any others rights, is the basis of an open and democratic society. Since the conservative party “Fidesz” took power in 2010, they have been working at light speed to weaken democratic instutions. The new media law is a barrier to freedom of speech, the law on religions is a step back to the 19th century when political power could decide what is religion and what is not, political campaign financing became less transparent, and laws regarding elections favour the ruling Fidesz party. The new taxation system puts more burden on the poor but does not bring the desired effect of boosting the economy. The FIDESZ party criminalized homelessness, wishes to make abortion laws more strict, and
cut funding and support to harm reduction and other social services to drug users more than by half. They plan to tighten drug laws. They gained control over jurisdiction, the constitutional court has lost its power, ombudsman offices were ceased. Laws are being produced without any consultation whatsoever. They wrote a new constitution without any real consultation. Transparency of public spendings and labour rights has also weakened. HCLU has been a loud critic of anti-democratic changes on all possible forums, including online, on TV and in print media. Balázs Dénes, the head of HCLU was a lead speaker at public protests. These protests grew to 100 thousand on October 23, 2011. We filmed all three major protests and uploaded the full speeches, on 16 March, 18 April and 23 October 2011. During the October 23rd protest we even made a short film with interviews of the protestors, who talked to us about “why they don’t like the System”.
About the Tobacco Lobby
In July 2011 the constitutional committee blocked the increase of tax on tobacco products with an amendment proposal, the origin of which is unknown. István Balsai, head of the parliament’s constitutional committee admitted that he did not remember who had submitted the proposal, and he even said: “The tobacco lobby was stronger”. This results in a 20 billion HUF loss in the next year’s budget. HCLU quickly reacted and asked “active citizens” to send letters to Mr. Balsai and ask him how exactly the tobacco lobby influenced the decision. We produced a video of the meeting when our campaign idea was born, and we used it as a video advocacy campaign tool. Due to our activities this case was highly
publicized in media. We also record interesting public events on the topic of political freedoms. When Ronald Dworkin visited Budapest on the 27th January, 2011 to talk about the relationship of democracy and the rule of majority in the light of the recent Hungarian political changes, we recorded and published his presentations, togeather with szuveren.hu. As part of our cooperation with szuveren.hu, a liberal website, we also produced two films about the discussions on the topics of “the Constitution and Democracy” and “Economics” on the first “birthday” of szuveren.hu, at Nyitott műhely, 3 October 2011, Budapest.
On the right: Balázs Dénes at the protest talking to a hundred thousand people protesting against the government’s anti-democratic laws and for the freedom os press. Above: A weekly meeting at the HCLU’s office
hiv/aids The HIV/AIDS program produced a short educatory video in Hungarian about HIV testing. This is the first in a planned series of issues around HIV/AIDS in Hungary.
Blood sample at an HIV screening station in Budapest.
drug policy Although our drug policy filming efforts are primarily directed at international events, whenever something important happens in Hungary we film it. So we filmed at a conference where NGOs tried to find out from governmental delegates to what extent the new conservative government will cut back on funding and support of life saving programs.
The experts received no proper answers from the governmen representatives. We uploaded all the presentations. Similarly we filmed at our own coneference when the HCLU organized the Harm Reduction Conference for the third time in Hungary. Three presentations are available on video by Prof. Dr. József Rácz, Péter Sárosi and Dr. János Szemelyácz.
From top left: Péter Portörő, drug coordinator who was fired by the new government. Péter Sárosi, Drug Policy Program Director of the HCLU. Professor József Rácz, Blue Point, Katalin Felvinczy, head of the National Drugprevention Institution, also fired by the new govenrment. János Gondi, head of an umbrella organisation of drug prevention and harm reduction organizations. Éva Müller, the newly appointed drug coordinator. Kristóf Téglássy, Head of Department at the National Resources Ministry explaining why the concept of harm reduction is untanable in the drug strategy. Erika Barna, Blue Point.
Cleaning â€œinvert graffitiâ€œ in front of Liberty Bridge in Budapest.
We try to find innovative tools to call attention to our work and to get support. Every year you can offer 1% of your tax to an NGO. In 2011, besides the tradtitional forms of advertisement, we hired a company to make “Invert Graffiti” all around Budapest. Invert Graffiti is what it means: Instead of spraying paint, the high pressure water cleans the wall and pedestrain walkways behind the stencil cleaning a spot in the shape of our 1% ad. This ad is legal and vanishes after a few weeks. We filmed the production of the “Invert graffiti”. Finally at the end of the year we said thank you to all our supporters and colleagues in a short video spot.
films in progress
There are several films that we started to produce but could not finish in 2011. We traveled to Portugal to film with APDES, our EDPI partner about the success of the decriminalization model. We are ready to show an introductiory movie about Andrey Rylkov Foundation, a Russian Drug reform and harm reduction organization, and the only one in Moscow to run a backpack needle exchange. This film awaits publication. We filmed with the Initiative For Health Foundation in Sofia about Bulgarian drug policy. We
traveled to Mexico City to take part at the III Latin American and I Mexican Drug Policy Conference, to film for the Count the Costs campaign. The 7 films for this campaign are to be published in 2012. There are more english language films to come from Lebanon, Copenhagen, Vancouver and Los Angeles. In Hungarian there are works in progress about sex work and a new longer film about Roma Rights.
table of film foreign language videos 22-12-2011
To The Next Level: Marijuana Regulation in the US
Voices from the Field: How Laws and Policies Affect HIV Responses
AIDS Action Europe: The NGO partnership on HIV and AIDS in Europe and Central Asia
Welcome to the future of US marijuana regulation - please watch and share HCLU’s new movie! URLs http://drogriporter.hu/en/nextlevel http://tasz.hu/en/hclu-film/next-level-marijuana-regulation-us Download links http://tasz.hu/en/next-level-marijuana-regulation-us Languages English Subtitles English, Hungarian
The HCLU helped the UNAIDS PCB NGO Delegation to produce a video spot for its 2011 Report that offers several recommendations to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) board and its Member States with regards to HIV strategies and related laws and policies. URLs http://unaidspcbngo.org/?page_id=15047 http://tasz.hu/en/hclu-film/voices-field-how-laws-and-policies-affect-hiv-responses Download links http://tasz.hu/voices-field-how-laws-and-policies-affect-hiv-responses Languages English Subtitles English
The HCLU helped produce the branding video for Aids Action Europe, by using the footage provided by AAE members. URLs http://tasz.hu/node/2533 Download links http://tasz.hu/node/2534 Languages English Subtitles English, Russian
Two presentations from the Count the Costs Event in London. (2 videos)
Ruth Dreiffus, the former president of Switzerland, a member of the Global Drug Policy Commission speaks about the need for drug policy reform to cut back organized crime, HIV and civil wars. Danny Kushlick, Board Member of Transform Drug Policy Foundation addresses the representatives of governmental and non-governmental organizations. The speeches were delivered at a Count the Costs campaign dinner event organized by Transform Drug Policy Foundation in London, UK. URLs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cm-Hk9l54EU http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFaXoUR_cCY Download links http://tasz.hu/node/2536 Languages English Subtitles -
MDMA Helped My Daughter to Die with Dignity
Drug, Set and Setting – Today. (3 videos)
Watch the exciting presentations by Julie Holland, Gabor Maté and Carl Hart held at the International Drug Policy Reform Conference 2011 in Los Angeles. URLs http://drogriporter.hu/en/mdmahelped http://tasz.hu/en/hclu-film/mdma-helped-my-daughter-die-dignity Download links http://tasz.hu/en/mdma-helped-my-daughter-die-dignity Languages English Subtitles English, Hungarian
Watch the exciting presentations by Julie Holland, Gabor Maté and Carl Hart held at the International Drug Policy Reform Conference 2011 in Los Angeles. URLs http://drogriporter.hu/en/drugsetandsettingtoday http://tasz.hu/en/hclu-film/drug-set-and-setting-today Download links http://tasz.hu/en/drug-set-and-setting-today-3-videos Languages English Subtitles -
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The War on Drugs is Out of Control (5 videos)
The State of Harm Reduction in Europe
Young people from Latin America speak out against the war on drugs
Count the Costs Campaign Events in European Capitals 2 films
Candlelight Vigil at the Russian Embassy in Budapest
Love is what transforms
Voices from the Margin: Drug User Activists in the US
Speakers of the opening session of the International Drug Policy Reform Conference call to end the war on drugs. Speakers are: Gavin Newsome, California Lieutenant Governor, Garry Johnson Former New Mexico Governor, Pete White, Co-Director of the Los Angeles Community Action Network, Alice Huffman President of the California NAACP, Ethan Nadelmann, Executive Director of the DPA URLs http://drogriporter.hu/en/outofcontrol http://tasz.hu/en/hclu-film/war-drugs-out-control Download links http://tasz.hu/en/war-drugs-out-control-5-videos Languages English Subtitles -
The film crew of the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU) attended the first meeting of the European Harm Reduction Network (EuroHRN) in Marseille, France. We interviewed professionals and activists from several countries to give you an overview of the current state of harm reduction in Europe – please watch and share our movie! URLs http://drogriporter.hu/en/eurohrn_marseille http://tasz.hu/en/hclu-film/state-harm-reduction-europe Download links http://tasz.hu/en/state-harm-reduction-europe Languages English Subtitles Hungarian
This short video was created during the HCLU video advocacy training held prior to the III Latin American and I Mexican Drug Policy Conference that took place in Mexico City, 13-14 September, 2011. URLs http://drogriporter.hu/en/mexicoyoungpeople http://tasz.hu/en/hclu-film/young-people-latin-america-speak-out-against-war-drugs Download links http://tasz.hu/en/young-people-latin-america-speak-out-against-war-drugs Languages Spanish, English Subtitles English
Video reports of the Count the Costs campaign events organized by the European Drug Policy Initiative in 5 European cities - 2 videos URLs http://drogriporter.hu/en/ctcevents http://tasz.hu/en/hclu-film/count-costs-campaign-events-european-capitals Download links http://tasz.hu/en/count-costs-campaign-events-european-capitals Languages English, Bulgarian, Norvegian, Polish Subtitles (English, Bulgarian, Hungarian, German, Spanish, Russian, Polish)
Candlelight vigil on the International Drug User Memorial Day in Budapest to commemorate those who passed away in the war on drugs URLs http://drogriporter.hu/en/bpvigil2011 http://tasz.hu/en/hclu-film/candlelight-vigil-russian-embassy-budapest Download links http://tasz.hu/en/candlelight-vigil-russian-embassy-budapest Languages English, Hungarian Subtitles English, Hungarian
The HCLU’s video interview with Sonja Sohn - the actress who played Kima Greggs in The Wire. URLs http://tasz.hu/en/hclu-film/love-what-transforms http://drogriporter.hu/en/kima Download links http://tasz.hu/en/love-what-transforms Languages English, Hungarian Subtitles English, Hungarian
Watch and share the HCLU’s movie on drug user organization in the United States! URLs http://tasz.hu/en/hclu-film/voices-margin-drug-user-activists-us http://drogriporter.hu/en/voicesfromthemargin Download links http://tasz.hu/en/voices-margin-drug-user-activists-us Languages English, Hungarian Subtitles English, Hungarian, Spanish
Launch of the Count the Costs campaign - 4 presentations now on video!
Joint declaration on freedom of expression on Internet - VIDEO
United States of Harm Reduction
It’s Time for Drug Policy Reform in Poland! 9 films
The Russian Drug Czar vs. Methadone: Parcel of Lies
Prison Uprising in Lebanon
A 50 Year Old Convention: What’s Wrong With an Update?
Drug Lords Celebrate the Drug War at the UN!
The War on Drugs: Count the Costs campaign calls on governments and international agencies to meaningfully evaluate the unintended consequences of the war on drugs and explore evidence-based alternatives. Now you can watch the four full presentations that were held at the launch of the campaign. URLs http://tasz.hu/en/hclu-film/launch-count-costs-campaign-presentations-now-video http://drogriporter.hu/en/countthecostssessio Download links http://tasz.hu/en/launch-count-costs-campaign-presentations-now-video Languages English Subtitles -
On 1 June 2011, four special rapporteurs on freedom of speech issued a joint declaration on the freedom of expression and the internet in Budapest. URLs http://tasz.hu/en/freedom-of-speech/joint-declaration-freedom-expression-internet-video Download links http://tasz.hu/en/joint-declaration-freedom-expression-internet-video Languages English Subtitles English, Hungarian
What does harm reduction mean to harm reduction activists in the US? How do they see the future of harm reduction? Watch the HCLU’s new movie filmed in Austin and find it out! URLs http://tasz.hu/en/hclu-film/united-states-harm-reduction http://drogriporter.hu/en/ushr Download links http://tasz.hu/en/united-states-harm-reduction Languages English Subtitles English, Hungarian
After 10 years of zero-tolerance, the Polish Parliament has decided to reform the drug law - We produced a long and 8 short films to support the campaign! The campaign was successful and the law was changed. URLs http://tasz.hu/en/hclu-film/its-time-drug-policy-reform-poland http://drogriporter.hu/en/poland Download links http://tasz.hu/en/its-time-drug-policy-reform-poland Languages Polish Subtitles Polish, Hungarian, English
The Russian drug czar claims opiate substitution does not work - watch our movie! URLs http://drogriporter.hu/en/ivanov2 http://tasz.hu/en/hclu-film/drug-lords-celebrate-drug-war-un Download links http://www.mediafire.com/?6gxeveu6xellm54 Languages Eng, Hun Subtitles Eng, Hun
It is often forgotten that prisoners should be treated with dignity as human beings - this is especially true for the prisoners held in the Roumieh prison in Lebanon. This facility was built to house 1500 inmates but often 5500 people are hold here, 30-35 people in one cell, thousands of them are pre-trial detaines who do not see a judge for several years. In April 2011 an uprising broke out in the prison. URLs http://drogriporter.hu/en/node/1995 http://tasz.hu/en/prison-uprising-lebanon Download links http://tasz.hu/en/hclu-film/prison-uprising-lebanon Languages Eng Subtitles Eng, Hun
In our short movie we ask Mr. Fedotov, the head of the UN drug agency and his critics to express their views on the 50 years of global drug prohibition URLs http://drogriporter.hu/en/fedotovcritics http://tasz.hu/en/hclu-film/50-year-old-convention-whats-wrong-update Download links http://www.mediafire.com/?9efh1sodv07w2ai Languages Eng Subtitles Eng, Hun
The Drug Lords International came to Vienna to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs. Champagne and party at the opening day of the 54th Commission on Narcotic Drugs URLs http://drogriporter.hu/en/celebrate Download links http://tasz.hu/en/drug-lords-celebrate-drug-war-un Languages Eng Subtitles Eng, Hun
Drug Lords Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Global Prohibition (4 videos)
Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch: Global drugs policy in 2010
Drug Prohibition Violence in Mexico: The Austin Session (3 presentations)
Drug Policy During the Obama Administration: An Assessment
Drug lords say no to drug policy reform and thank the UN for keeping drugs illegal. 4 videos: A Mexican drug lord, a Russian Heroin Trader, a Taliban Leader and a girlfriend of a US Drug Kingpin thank the UN for prohibition. URLs http://drogriporter.hu/en/dli_short http://tasz.hu/en/hclu-film/drug-lords-celebrate-50th-anniversary-global-prohibition Download links girlfriend http://www.mediafire.com/?u844x5dg7as75ay mexican http://www.mediafire.com/?7ekd18sf2l2ktuk russian http://www.mediafire.com/?r94yr14j920ap2i taliban http://www.mediafire.com/?lxwtt5ohxgz6y60 Languages Eng Subtitles Eng, Hun, Spa, Rus, Pol, Ger
Watch the full length presentation by the head of OSI’s Global Drug Policy Program, that was recorded at the “Urban Drug Policies in the Globalized World” Conference in Prague, 30th September 2010. URLs http://tasz.hu/en/hclu-film/kasia-malinowska-sempruch-global-drugs-policy-2010 http://drogriporter.hu/en/kasiaglobal Download link Coming soon… Language English Subtitles -
Learn what’s going on in Mexico from these interesting presentations filmed at the Harm Reduction Conference in Austin, Texas, on November 19, 2010. The presentations are by William Martin, Daniel Robelo and Kathleen Staudt. URLs http://tasz.hu/en/hclu-film/drug-prohibition-violence-mexico-austin-session http://drogriporter.hu/en/violencemexico Download links Coming soon… Language English Subtitles -
Watch the full length video of the analysis by Ethan Nadelmann, presented at the 8th National Harm Reduction Conference in Austin, USA. URLs http://drogriporter.hu/en/ethanassessment http://tasz.hu/en/hclu-film/drug-policy-during-obama-administration-assessment Download link
hungarian language videos 24-12-2011
Hungarian Hungarian, English
Don’t be afraid, It won’t hurt!
All governments of the last 20 years are responsible for the discrimination
HCLU’s 2011 Holiday greetings URLs http://ataszjelenti.blog.hu/2011/12/24/kellemes_unnepeket_kivanunk_19 http://tasz.hu/magunkrol/kellemes-unnepeket-kivanunk Download link
HCLU’s short educatory video about the HIV test URLs http://ataszjelenti.blog.hu/2011/12/15/nem_kell_felni_nem_fog_fajni_3 http://tasz.hu/hivaids/nem-kell-felni-nem-fog-faj Download link http://tasz.hu/en/dont-be-afraid-it-wont-hurt Language Hungarian Subtitles -
HCLU’s président held a speech on human rights day at the Foundation for a Civic Hungary, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) and the Hanns Seidel-Foundation. This video show the full speech and the debate following it. URLs http://ataszjelenti.blog.hu/2011/12/10/a_kirekesztesert_az_elmult_20_ev_minden_kormanya_felel http://tasz.hu/tasz-film/kirekesztesert-az-elmult-20-ev-minden-kormanya-felel Download link http://tasz.hu/en/all-governments-last-20-years-are-responsible-discrimination Language Hungarian Subtitles -
The III. Hungarian Harm Reduction Conference (3 presentations)
Luxury on the bench (A chronicle of criminalization of homelessness in Hungary)
HCLU organized the harm Reduction Conference for the third time in Hungary. Three presentations are available on video by Prof. Dr. Jótzsef Rácz, Péter Sárosi and Dr. János Szemelyácz URLs http://drogriporter.hu/3artcsokkkonf http://tasz.hu/node/2541 Download link http://tasz.hu/node/2541 Language Hungarian Subtitles -
HCLU’s spot against the criminalization of homelessness in Hungary. URLs http://tasz.hu/betegjog/valasztojogot-minden-fogyatekos-allampolgarnak Download link http://tasz.hu/en/luxury-bench-chronicle-criminalization-homelessness-hungary Language Hungarian Subtitles -
Suffrage to all citizens living with disabilities!
They harass the homeless people! - an email sending action
Democracy dies in this system!
WE DON’T LIKE THE SYSTEM! 14 videos
A public debate by Szuverén.hu (2 videos)
In Hungary, people living under guardianship may not vote. A film by the HCLU and the Foundation for the Rights of People Living with Disabilities on the proposed laws regulating suffrage for people living with disabilities. URLs http://tasz.hu/betegjog/valasztojogot-minden-fogyatekos-allampolgarnak Download link http://tasz.hu/en/suffrage-all-citizens-living-disabilities Language Hungarian Subtitles Hungarian, English
The 8th district in Budapest criminalized homelessness, and police are raiding the streets and catching people who sit or sleep on benches. They are wares and then fined for 150 thousand forints, an equivalent of 600 USD. HCLU’s movie and email sending campaign is against this inhumane practice. URLs http://tasz.hu/en/hclu-film/they-harrass-homeless-people-hclu-video http://tasz.hu/aktiv-polgar/zaklatjak-hajlektalan-embereket-film-es-levelkuldo-akcio http://ataszjelenti.blog.hu/2011/11/01/zaklatjak_a_hajlektalan_embereket Download link http://tasz.hu/en/they-harass-homeless-people-email-sending-action Language Hungarian Subtitles Hungarian, English
(HUNGARIAN LANGUAGE FILM) HCLU’s report on the protest of the “one Million for the Freedom of Information” group on facebook, against the government’s politics, on 11 October 2011. We asked protesters why they don’t like the system URLs http://nemtetszikarendszer.blog.hu/2011/10/27/most_kene_abbahagyni_2 http://tasz.hu/politikai-szabadsagjogok/demokracia-hal-meg-ebben-rendszerben Download link http://tasz.hu/demokracia-hal-meg-ebben-rendszerben Language Hungarian Subtitles -
Budapest, 23, October 2011, Szabad sajtó út, all the speeches of the protest against the government. URLs http://tasz.hu/tasz-film/nem-tetszik-rendszer-tuntetes-osszes-fellepoje-videon Download link http://tasz.hu/en/we-dont-system-14-videos Language Hungarian Subtitles -
Two discussions on the topics of “the Constitution and Democracy” and “Economics” on the first “birthday” of szuveren.hu, at Nyitott műhely, 3 October 2011, Budapest URLs http://tasz.hu/en/node/2547 Download link http://tasz.hu/en/public-debate-szuverenhu-2-videos Language Hungarian Subtitles Hungarian, English
Make your voice heard! - Freedom of information and participation at municipality meetings 2 films
Summary of the event at Gyöngyöspata in 2011 in Hungary when paramilitary groups patrolled the streets of the village and frightened Roma people. URLs http://tasz.hu/en/news/shadow-report-about-events-gyongyospata Download link http://tasz.hu/en/gyongyospata-2011 Language Hungarian Subtitles Hungarian, English
(HUNGARIAN LANGUAGE FILM). The make your voice heard project of the HCLU aims at helping Roma communities own advocacy. This time the HCLU trained activists in freedom of information and participation rights. URLs http://tasz.hu/romaprogram/szolj-bele-informacioszabadsag Download link http://tasz.hu/en/make-your-voice-heard-freedom-information Language Hungarian Subtitles Hungarian, English
Ask Balsai about the tobacco lobby!
About the deinstitutionalization strategy of the government, 2011
Don’t go the polish way!
Maybe he could still be alive today
(HUNGARIAN LANGUAGE FILM). At the meeting of the constitutional committee, at the last minute the tax increase of tobacco products was stopped. This means a 20 billion forints minus in the 2012 budget. “The tobacco lobby was stronger” said the president of the committee, István Balsai. The HCLU calls the citizens to send emails to Mr. balsa and ask him how exactly the decision was affected by the tobacco lobby. URLs http://tasz.hu/aktiv-polgar/kerdezze-balsait-dohanylobbirol Download link http://tasz.hu/en/ask-balsai-about-tobacco-lobby Language Hungarian Subtitles Hungarian, English
(HUNGARIAN LANGUAGE FILM). In the HCLU’s movie experts react on the proposed strategy of the government. URLs http://tasz.hu/intezet-helyett/kormany-intezmenytelenitesi-strategiajarol-2011 Download link http://tasz.hu/en/about-deinstitutionalization-strategy-government-2011 Language Hungarian Subtitles Hungarian, English
(HUNGARIAN LANGUAGE FILM). About the Consequencies of a Restrictive Abortion Law. URLs http://tasz.hu/en/hclu-film/dont-go-polish-way Download link http://tasz.hu/en/dont-go-polish-way Language Hungarian Subtitles Hungarian, English
(HUNGARIAN LANGUAGE FILM). István Cári died while his relatives tried to call the doctor from her house in vain, although she was at home all the time and heard the shoutings. URLs http://tasz.hu/en/hclu-film/he-might-still-be-alive-today Download link http://tasz.hu/en/maybe-he-could-still-be-alive Language Hungarian Subtitles Hungarian, English
(HUNGARIAN LANGUAGE FILM). In Hungary large scale institutions still house 15 thousand people living with disabilities, often under inhumane circumstances. Watch the HCLU’s new film about why this situation has to change, and why it has to change now! URLs http://tasz.hu/en/hclu-film/invisibles http://film.indavideo.hu/video/f_lathatatlanok Download link http://tasz.hu/en/invisible Language Hungarian Subtitles Hungarian, English
Unified institutional action against an anti-discriminative disco
Peace and safety for our roma fellow citizens! - 4 videos
Protest for the fundamental rights of our roma fellow citizens! - 7 videos
A heavy stone was flung
Protest against the new constitution! - 12 videos
“My house will be painted with your blood...”
One million on the Road of Free Press! (9 videos)
(HUNGARIAN LANGUAGE FILM). Roma are usually not allowed to enter discos around Ózd, which severely violates their rights. The municipality did everything to make it impossible to open a disco by roma. It is the continuation of the story showed in our film “Without Rights.” URLs http://tasz.hu/en/hclu-film/authorities-take-steps-against-anti-discriminatory-disco Download link http://tasz.hu/en/unified-institutional-action-against-anti-discriminative-disco Language Hungarian Subtitles Hungarian, English
(HUNGARIAN LANGUAGE FILM). 1% Campaign film for HCLU using invert graffiti in Budapest. URLs http://tasz.hu/1-szazalek/versenyben-legkornyezetkimelobb-kampany-cimert-tasz-legujabb-1-os-filmje Download link http://tasz.hu/en/invert-graffiti Language Hungarian Subtitles -
(HUNGARIAN LANGUAGE FILM). All the speeches from the second protest held in front of the Ministry of Interior on Roosevelt street on 04.05.2011, in Budapest. URLs http://tasz.hu/romaprogram/beket-es-biztonsagot-roma-honfitarsainknak-az-osszes-beszed-videon Download link http://tasz.hu/en/peace-and-safety-our-roma-fellow-citizens-4-videos Language Hungarian Subtitles -
(HUNGARIAN LANGUAGE FILM). All the speeches online from the protest held in front of the ministry of interior on 27.04.2011. URLs http://tasz.hu/romaprogram/tuntetes-roma-honfitarsaink-alapveto-jogaiert-az-osszes-beszed-videon Download link http://tasz.hu/en/protest-fundamental-rights-our-roma-fellow-citizens-7-videos Language Hungarian Subtitles -
(HUNGARIAN LANGUAGE FILM). One month after the marches of the “Better Future” paramilitary groups to men dressed in black uniforms threw stones at the window of a roma family, shouting “You die stinking Gypsies if you don’t move away from here Gyöngyöspata.” The police simply took out the stone from the house and out it down in the garden. URLs http://tasz.hu/en/hclu-film/heavy-stone-was-flung Download link http://tasz.hu/en/there-flies-heavy-stone Language Hungarian Subtitles Hungarian, English
(HUNGARIAN LANGUAGE FILM). Watch all the speeches of the protest! URLs http://tasz.hu/tasz-film/tuntetes-az-alkotmanyozas-ellen-az-osszes-beszed-videon Download link http://tasz.hu/en/protest-against-new-constitution-12-videos Language Hungarian Subtitles -
(HUNGARIAN LANGUAGE FILM). “...and I’ll have it built on the Gypsy-row, right here!” This and similar threats were heard when in Gyöngyöspata in march 2011, extremist groups have been terrorizing the Roma residents of the village for several weeks, dressed in militia uniforms, claiming to keep order in the village. The police have not taken action against the perpetrators of the – in some cases serious – ethnically motivated crimes. URLs http://tasz.hu/en/hclu-film/my-house-will-be-painted-your-blood Download link http://tasz.hu/en/my-house-will-be-painted-your-blood Language Hungarian Subtitles Hungarian, English
(HUNGARIAN LANGUAGE FILM). All the presentations in full length of the protest for free press in Budapest. URLs http://tasz.hu/egymillioan_filmek Download link http://tasz.hu/en/one-million-road-free-press-9-videos Language Hungarian Subtitles -
How to move on with Hungarian drug policy? (8 presentations)
Ronald Dworkin in Budapest
“Make your voice seen” (13 films)
ONLY IN HUNGARIAN LANGUAGE. At the conference of the NGOs, the experts got no proper anserwrs from the governmental representatives. The HCLU uploaded all 8 full presentations by Péter Sárosi (TASZ), Kristóf Téglásy (NEFMI), Péter Portörő former drug coordinator, Katalin Felvinczi former director of NDI, Dr. Prof. József Rácz (Blue Point), János Gondi (MADÁSZSZ), Éva Müller the new drug coordinator (NEFMI), Erika Barna (Blue Point). URLs http://tasz.hu/tasz-film/hogyan-tovabb-hazai-drogpolitika http://drogriporter.hu/hogyantovabb Download link Coming soon… Language Hungarian Subtitles -
The presentation was held at the Central European University on the 27th January, 2011. URLs http://vimeo.com/19803304 Download link http://tasz.hu/node/2552 Language Hungarian Subtitles -
Most people hardly hear or know anything about the living conditions and everyday concerns of the Roma population living in extreme poverty, often in segregated settlements. During their visits in North-Eastern Hungary, our colleagues interview locals about the issues they are currently most concerned with. The aim of our new series supported by the Royal Netherlands Embassy entitled “Make Your Voice Seen” is to deliver the messages of these people to a broader public URL-ek What makes a good parent? http://tasz.hu/en/roma-program/what-makes-good-parent Holes in Putnok http://tasz.hu/en/hclu-film/holes-putnok How can a light shine when it’s facing the sun? http://tasz.hu/en/hclu-film/how-can-light-shine-when-its-facing-sun “Dumber than the rest” http://tasz.hu/en/hclu-film/dumber-rest „Did you stop my husband because of his skin color?” http://tasz.hu/en/hclu-film/did-you-stop-my-husband-because-his-skin-color “He even kicked the bike” http://tasz.hu/en/hclu-film/he-even-kicked-bike When there are kinks even in the cables http://tasz.hu/en/hclu-film/when-there-are-kinks-even-cables „Let’s be honest: you just wanted to fine us.” http://tasz.hu/en/hclu-film/let-s-be-honest-you-just-wanted-fine-us Even this can happen in Borsod http://tasz.hu/en/hclu-film/even-can-happen-borsod Discriminatory fines for motoring offences http://tasz.hu/en/hclu-film/discriminatory-fines-motoring-offences She could not handle him: she tied him dow http://tasz.hu/en/hclu-film/she-could-not-handle-him-she-tied-him-down Our biggest problem is unemployment http://tasz.hu/en/hclu-film/our-biggest-problem-unemployment ‚A poor man is pulled even by the branch of a tree’ http://tasz.hu/en/hclu-film/poor-man-pulled-even-branch-tree Letöltő link Nincs Nyelv Angol, magyar Feliratok Nincs
Hungarian Civil Liberties Union 2012