A B Charitable Trust

Special initiatives

The Bonavero Institute of Human Rights

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For 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 is scheduled to start 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.

The Institute 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

Taking Drugs Seriously: a Demos/UK Drugs Policy Commission report on Legal Highs, funded by ABCT

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.
War on Drugs - Global Commission on Drug Policy report

Shortly after the 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.