A B Charitable Trust
The Bonavero Institute of Human RightsFor its 25th anniversary, the AB Charitable Trust made a large gift to establish the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights at Oxford University. Find out more. The A B Charitable Trust provided the Institute with an endowment to fund its Director and core staff. The new Institute will be called the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights at the University of Oxford, named after the Bonavero family. Building started in the first quarter of 2016 in the grounds of Mansfield College, where the new Institute will be located. This joint initiative between the Faculty of Law and the College is led by Mansfield’s Principal, Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, a barrister well-known for championing civil liberties and human rights. Justice Catherine (Kate) O’Regan has been appointed as Inaugural Director of the Institute, which is expected to start operating in late 2016, with the building due to be completed for the start of the following academic year. More details on the Oxford University website.
Drug policy reform
Legal Highs - an ABCT-funded initiative
In April 2010, arising from its concern about the prevalence of drug-related offences that result in imprisonment, ABCT awarded a 20th anniversary grant of £50,000 for research into drug policy reform. The report, Taking Drugs Seriously: a Demos/UK Drugs Policy Commission report on Legal Highs was published in May 2011 (see www.ukdpc.org.uk), to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the Misuse of Drugs Act. The project gave ABCT an opportunity to influence policy makers about the need for new ways of thinking about drug policy, based on evidence of the costs of current approaches which have a devastating impact on the lives of many vulnerable people.
Shortly after the DEMOS Report was published, the Global Commission on Drug Policy Reform published a report (www.globalcommissionondrugs.org/Report) which concluded that criminalising drug users has failed to reduce problem drug use.
ABCT contributed to the funding of a report by an All-Party Parliamentary Group for Drug Policy Reform, Towards a Safer Drug Policy. See the Reports page on this website.
In June 2016, a new report, Taking a New Line on Drugs, was produced by RSPH, the Royal Society for Public Health. This report sets out a new vision for a holistic public health-led approach to drugs policy at a UK-wide level.
The Report calls for the personal possession and use of all illegal drugs to be decriminalised. This call forms part of a wider package of measures aimed at moving UK drugs strategy away from a predominantly criminal justice approach towards one based on public health and harm reduction. Download a copy of this Report.