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Kolumbien. Five years on, Colombia’s coca regions remain at war and distrust is growing - ‘We haven’t known peace in decades.’

Colombia’s 2016 peace deal was lauded for bringing to an end the longest-running war in the Americas. But five years on, aggressive counter-narcotics tactics and unkept government pledges are blamed for fuelling distrust in rural areas and driving a new cycle of violence. (The New Humanitarian, Schweiz, 31.08.2021)


Mexiko/USA. Maßnahme im Drogenkrieg Mexiko will US-Waffenhersteller verklagen 

Mehr als zwei Millionen Schusswaffen wurden innerhalb von zehn Jahren nach Mexiko geschmuggelt – die meisten davon angeblich aus den USA. Mexiko hat nun Klage eingereicht. Es geht um zehn Milliarden Dollar. (Spiegel online, 05.08.2021)


Indonesien. ‘State terror’: Report backs ICC probe of Duterte’s drug war

Families of victims have until August 13 to submit to The Hague additional documents detailing abuses allegedly committed by Filipino authorities. (Al Jazeera, Katar, 15.07.2021)


Brasilien. Militarism, Prohibitionism, Drug War: A Formula for Massacre

On the 6th of May, agents of the Civil Police of Rio de Janeiro entered the community of Jacarezinho to execute prison warrants. They went with helicopters, assault and sniper rifles, ignoring a Supreme Court ruling that suspended police operations in shantytowns during the COVID-19 crisis. During the incursion, the police officers murdered 28 young, Black and Brown men. Further, friends and relatives of the victims accused the cops of moving corpses in order to alter the crime scene. (Talking Drugs, UK, 28.06.2021)


The time to end the war on drugs is long overdue

The Lancet HIV, 

The Lancet HIV, Volume 8, Issue 7, e387 


How the United States Fueled a Global Drug War, and Why It Must End

June 2021 marks 50 years since Richard Nixon declared “drug abuse” the United States’ “public enemy number one.” It is a grim anniversary that resonates not only in the United States but all over the world. The global drug war is an unmitigated human rights disaster, well-documented in painstaking detail. As U.S. domestic drug policy reform gains momentum, it is time the United States makes a concerted effort to de-escalate the failed, harmful, and disastrous global war on drugs. (OSF – Open Society Foundations, USA, 29.06.2021)


UN Highlights Role of Drug War in Racist Policing 

On 28th June the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights released its report, “Agenda towards transformative change for racial justice and equality,” which highlights the pervasiveness of discrimination faced by Africans and people of African descent around the world. It points to the fact that ‘systemic racism and enduring harmful and degrading associations of Blackness with criminality and delinquency also shape interactions of people of African descent with law enforcement officials and the criminal justice system.’ (Talking Drugs, UK, 29.06.2021)


USA. After 50 Years Of The War On Drugs, 'What Good Is It Doing For Us?' (Audio)

(npr – National Public Radio, USA. 17.06.2021, Audio, 07:00)


USA. On 50th Anniversary of “War on Drugs,” New Poll Shows Majority of Voters Support Ending Criminal Penalties for Drug Possession, Think Drug War is a Failure 

ACLU and Drug Policy Alliance Call on Biden to Begin Ending Failed War by Commuting Sentences of People Incarcerated for Drugs. (DPA – Drug Policy Alliance, USA, 09.06.2021)


The war on drugs (Audio)

The 'war on drugs' was launched by US President Richard Nixon in 1971. He said drug abuse was a 'national emergency'. (BBC, UK, 01.06.2021, Audio, 09:00)


Kolumbien. At least 31 indigenous people hurt in Colombia following armed attack

At least 31 indigenous people were wounded in southeast Colombia on Thursday after an illegal armed group opened fire on them while they destroyed crops of coca, the chief ingredient in cocaine, an organization representing the community said. (Reuters, 23.05.2021)


As the UN celebrates the 60th anniversary of the global ‘war on drugs’, experts highlight its devastating impacts

As the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) celebrates the 60th anniversary of the global drug control regime, a new report by the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC) highlights the shocking health and human rights disaster unfolding across the world in the name of drug control. (IDPC, UK, 12.04.2021)


Köln. Hauptzollamt Köln: Kölner Zoll stellt knapp 70.000 Cannabissamen im Wert von rund 560.000 Euro im Postverkehr sicher - massiver Schmuggelanstieg seit Jahresbeginn

Allein bis Ende Februar zog der Kölner Zoll seit Jahresbeginn im Postverkehr knapp 70.000 Cannabissamen aus dem Verkehr. Die Samen hatten einen geschätzten Gesamtwert von rund 560.000 Euro. 

"Bei Kontrollen des Postverkehrs aus den Niederlanden gingen uns bisher mehr als 5.800 Briefe mit Cannabissamen ins Netz. Das ist ein massiver Schmuggelanstieg, der aktuell auch weiter anhält", so Jens Ahland, Pressesprecher des Hauptzollamts Köln. (Hauptzollamt Köln, 04.03.2021)


UK. The War On Drugs: Turning 12-Year-Olds Into Drug Dealers |

For the past decade, the UK has been horrified by the phenomenon of County Lines – big city criminal groups using kids as young as 12 to take over the drug supply of smaller towns and villages.

It’s taken years for the police to even begin to understand. (VICE, UK, 2021)


Spanien. Spanish police seize narco-submarine in Malaga raid

Police in Spain have seized a homemade submarine capable of transporting up to two tonnes of drugs. (BBC, 13.03.20219


Kolumbien. Colombia launches new military unit to target drug trafficking, armed groups

BOGOTA. Colombia on Friday launched a new military unit to target coca crops and cocaine production, illicit mining, and the illegal armed groups who use such activities for financial gain. (Reuters, 26.02.2021)


Indien. Twin Menace Of Golden Triangle And Golden Crescent For India – Analysis

The Golden Triangle and the Golden Crescent are considered to be two of the safest havens for illicit drug manufacturing and trading on the planet. The former comprises the countries of Laos, Thailand and Myanmar in South Eastern Asia and the latter is located at the cross roads of central, south and Western Asia, overlapping the mountain ranges of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran. `(Eurasian Review, 26.01.2021)


Drogen: Amerikas längster Krieg

Die Corona-Pandemie stellt auch das amerikanische Gefängnissystem auf die Probe. Kein Land auf der Welt sperrt so viele Drogensüchtige ein wie die USA. Seit den 60er-Jahren haben die USA über eine Billion Dollar in den "Krieg gegen Drogen" gesteckt, 45 Millionen Menschen wurden verhaftet. Der preisgekrönte Dokumentarfilm von Eugene Jarecki zeigt, wie Wegsperrmentalität und Missachtung von sozialen Umständen ein neues System der Diskriminierung, des systemischen Rassismus geschaffen haben, das auch in diesem Wahljahr enormen sozialen Sprengstoff birgt. (NDR Dokfilm, NDR Fernsehen, 03.11.2020, Video, 01:44:04, in der Mediathek aufrufbar bis 03.11.2021)


The Growth of Incarceration in the United States: Exploring Causes and Consequences

After decades of stability from the 1920s to the early 1970s, the rate of imprisonment in the United States more than quadrupled during the last four decades. The U.S. penal population of 2.2 million adults is by far the largest in the world. (National Academy of Sciences, USA, 2021)


Documentary films. 'The war on drugs funded policing': behind a Netflix documentary about crack

In a myth-busting new film, director Stanley Nelson looks back on the crack epidemic on the 1980s and how the government harmed the black community. (The Guardian, UK, 12.01.2021)


Racial Justice Requires Ending the War on Drugs.

Brian D. Earp, Jonathan Lewis, Carl L. Hart & with Bioethicists and Allied Professionals for Drug Policy Reform (2021) 

The American Journal of Bioethics, DOI: 10.1080/15265161.2020.1861364


International Criminal Court: Report on Preliminary Examination Activities 2020

Philippinen u.a.

ICC, Niederlande, 14.12.2020


Afghanistan. In a Village of Widows, the Opium Trade Has Taken a Deadly Toll

Afghan men in an impoverished border settlement die trying to smuggle opium into Iran, leaving behind loved ones forced to survive on their own. (New York Times,  USA, 


Number of Journalists Killed for Their Reporting Doubled in 2020

At least 30 journalists were killed this year, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists, with 21 slain as a direct result of their work. (New York Times, USA, 22.12.2020)


Philippinen. Court Finds Evidence of Crimes Against Humanity in the Philippines

The International Criminal Court has released its latest report on President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody war on drugs. (NYT, 15.12.2020)


Philippinen. Duterte: Hold me responsible for killings in drug crackdown

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine president has said he accepts responsibility for the thousands of killings committed during police operations in his crackdown on drugs, adding that he was even ready to go to jail. (Star Tribune, USA, 0.10.2020)


Mexico's former defense minister arrested on federal drug charges in Los Angeles

A former Mexican defense minister was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport on drug and money laundering charges, accused of taking bribes in exchange for permitting a cartel known for wholesale violence to operate with impunity in Mexico, federal prosecutors said Friday. (CNN, USA, 17.10.2020)


USA. Joe Biden and the kinder, gentler War on Drugs | Opinion

How can Joe Biden, who championed the foundational federal laws of the War on Drugs over the last 40 years, be so compassionate toward his son’s struggle with addiction?

When President Donald Trump tried to hit Biden during their first debate by mocking his son Hunter for drug use, the former vice president had a clear answer: “My son, like a lot of people, like a lot of people you know at home, had a drug problem. He’s overtaken it. He’s fixed it. He’s worked on it. And I’m proud of him.” (Philadelphia Inquirer, USA, 21.10.2020)


Kanada. Crackdown: The drug war, covered by drug users as war correspondents.

The ongoing overdose crisis is an unprecedented public health emergency. Thousands are dying while activists and researchers call for urgent change. Government isn’t doing enough to address the crisis, and the media is letting them get away with it. So, we’re making our own media.

CRACKDOWN is a new, monthly podcast about drugs, drug policy and the drug war led by drug user activists and supported by research. Each episode will tell the story of a community fighting for their lives. It’s also about solutions, justice for those we have lost, and saving lives. (crackdownpod.com, Kanada, 2020)


Philippinen. UN accused over failure to investigate 'war on drugs' killings in the Philippines

Human rights groups calling for a probe into president Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-narcotics crackdown say abuses continue. (The Guardian, UK, 08.10.2020)