he Netherlands Drugs Policy Foundation consists of volunteers with different social and political backgrounds.
The Foundation is convinced that the current drug policy does not work and that a better policy is conceivable and feasible.
The problems regarding illegal drugs that society is presently confronted with, such as drug-related problems in deprived neighbourhoods and in border towns and cities, organized and drug-related crime, rave deaths, (cocaine) body packers are, first and foremost, caused by the prohibition of drugs, and much less so by drug use itself.
The Netherlands Drug Policy Foundation aims to change the present drug policy into a policy that does deal with vital matters such as public health, safety, the rule of law and individual autonomy in a more sensible way.
As long as there are drugs, people will use them. In that sense it does not make a difference whether it is coffee or heroin, and whether the sale of the particular drug is regulated or in the hands of dealers who operate outside the law.
Prohibition is not a solution. Regulation is necessary if we are truly worried about the consequences of drug use in our society. ...Read More
e believe that everyone has a fundamental right to pleasure and consequently the responsibility to protect the heritage of food, tradition and culture that make this pleasure possible. Our movement is founded upon this concept of eco-gastronomy – a recognition of the strong connections between plate and planet.
Slow Food is good, clean and fair food. We believe that the food we eat should taste good; that it should be produced in a clean way that does not harm the environment, animal welfare or our health; and that food producers should receive fair compensation for their work.
We consider ourselves co-producers, not consumers, because by being informed about how our food is produced and actively supporting those who produce it, we become a part of and a partner in the production process.
n the 30th of September 2005 the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published 12 cartoons depicting the prophet Mohammed. Muslims raised a storm of protest and two artists went into hiding after receiving death threats. Islamic organisations demanded an apology from the Danish government and the incident turned into a world-wide diplomatic issue. The OIC (the Organisation of the Islamic Conference), the Council of Europe and the UN all criticised the government of Denmark for not taking measures against the newspaper Jyllands-Posten. The Danish prime minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen defended the freedom of the press and free speech and stated that any measures, if appropriate, could not be taken by the government but only by a court of law. Meanwhile in Islamic countries Danish flags are burned and Danish products are taken off the shelves. Several countries have withdrawn their ambassadors from Denmark and armed men attacked the office of the EU in the Gaza strip.
he fur ads you might see in magazines and commercials portray fur coats as a symbol of elegance. But these ads fail to show how the original owners of these coats met their gruesome deaths.
Millions of fur-bearing animals including foxes, raccoons, minks, coyotes, bobcats, lynxes, opossums, nutria, beavers, muskrats, otters, and others are killed each year on fur farms by anal and vaginal electrocution and in the wild by drowning, trapping, or beating.
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he Cannabis College offers free advice on safe recreational Cannabis use in addition to educating the public about the many uses of the hemp plant. Guided tours of our Cannabis garden allow us to illustrate our information with a beautiful, completely bio-organic example of indoor growing.
With humble beginnings in 1998 as a room of bare bricks and newspaper cuttings, the College is celebrating its ten-year anniversary this year. The progress of the College (both in the info centre as well as the garden) has been marked by a few big changes. Briefly hosting around 100 plants and then a more humble five, the original College was lost to a fire in 2002, leading to a renovation of the floor hosting the information. The garden, luckily, suffered only minor smoke damage and had recently been reduced to the number now remaining in the College. The latest installation of the garden is still bio-organically grown and now has a photo display illustrating the three main stages of Cannabis plant development. ...Read More
ree Tibet Campaign, established in 1987, is an independent membership organisation. All of our funding comes from individual supporters. Click here to join The Executive Committee determines the general policy of the organisation and guides the work of the campaign.
It should be noted that Free Tibet is not a charity, though we are a non-profit, non-governmental organisation. Due to the current laws in the UK we are unable to apply for charity status, due to what is deemed to be the political nature of our work (the same applies for organisations like Amnesty International and Greenpeace).
The Free Tibet office is a vibrant hub of campaigning activity led by the Director who is assisted by a strong team of staff and volunteers.
Free Tibet has more than 20,000 supporters. For an annual subscription fee (Click here to join) supporters receive our magazine plus regular mailings with updates on the organisation's activities. Supporters are able to become further involved by joining our Urgent Campaign Scheme, participating in actions and events and getting involved with their local group....Read More
mnesty International (AI) is a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights.
AI’s vision is of a world in which every person enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards.
In pursuit of this vision, AI’s mission is to undertake research and action focused on preventing and ending grave abuses of the rights to physical and mental integrity, freedom of conscience and expression, and freedom from discrimination, within the context of its work to promote all human rights.
AI is independent of any government, political ideology, economic interest or religion. It does not support or oppose any government or political system, nor does it support or oppose the views of the victims whose rights it seeks to protect. It is concerned solely with the impartial protection of human rights.
AI has a varied network of members and supporters around the world. At the latest count, there were more than 1.8 million members, supporters and subscribers in over 150 countries and territories in every region of the world. Although they come from many different backgrounds and have widely different political and religious beliefs, they are united by a determination to work for a world where everyone enjoys human rights.
AI is a democratic, self-governing movement. Major policy decisions are taken by an International Council made up of representatives from all national sections.
AI’s national sections and local volunteer groups are primarily responsible for funding the movement. No funds are sought or accepted from governments for AI’s work investigating and campaigning against human rights violations....Amnesty News
eople for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), with more than 2.0 million members and supporters, is the largest animal rights organization in the world.
PETA focuses its attention on the four areas in which the largest numbers of animals suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of time: on factory farms, in laboratories, in the clothing trade, and in the entertainment industry. We also work on a variety of other issues, including the cruel killing of beavers, birds and other "pests," and the abuse of backyard dogs.
PETA works through public education, cruelty investigations, research, animal rescue, legislation, special events, celebrity involvement, and protest campaigns....Read More
his site is devoted to the cause of non-interventionism and is read by libertarians, pacifists, leftists, "greens," and independents alike, as well as many on the Right who agree with our opposition to imperialism. Our initial project was to fight for the case of non-intervention in the Balkans under the Clinton presidency and continued with the case against the campaigns in Haiti, Kosovo and the bombings of Sudan and Afghanistan. Our politics are libertarian: our opposition to war is rooted in Randolph Bourne's concept that "War is the health of the State." With every war, America has made a "great leap" into statism, and as Bourne emphasizes: " . . . it is during war that one best understands the nature of that institution [the State]." At its core, that "nature" includes the ever-increasing threat to individual liberty and the centralization of political power. ...Read More