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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)

https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/least-31-indigenous-people-hurt-colombia-following-armed-attack-2021-04-22/

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)

https://idpc.net/media/press-releases/2021/04/as-the-un-celebrates-the-60th-anniversary-of-the-global-war-on-drugs-experts-highlight-its-devastating-impacts

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)

https://www.presseportal.de/blaulicht/pm/121251/4855089

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)

https://video.vice.com/en_uk/video/turning-12-year-olds-into-drug-dealers/602a9054b095bc6a6e4b2f01

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

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-56382615

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)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-colombia-conflict/colombia-launches-new-military-unit-to-target-drug-trafficking-armed-groups-idUSKBN2AQ2FR

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)

https://www.eurasiareview.com/26012021-twin-menace-of-golden-triangle-and-golden-crescent-for-india-analysis/

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)

https://www.ardmediathek.de/ndr/video/ndr-dokfilm/drogen-amerikas-laengster-krieg/ndr-fernsehen/Y3JpZDovL25kci5kZS84MTZlODQ2NC1jNGE5LTQxNWEtODIyOC02MDNhMmFmYjhlZmQ/

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)

https://www.nap.edu/catalog/18613/the-growth-of-incarceration-in-the-united-states-exploring-cause

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)

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2021/jan/12/crack-cocaine-corruption-conspiracy-stanley-nelson-netflix

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

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15265161.2020.1861364

International Criminal Court: Report on Preliminary Examination Activities 2020

Philippinen u.a.

ICC, Niederlande, 14.12.2020

https://www.icc-cpi.int/itemsDocuments/2020-PE/2020-pe-report-eng.pdf

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, 

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/27/world/asia/afghanistan-iran-opium.html

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)

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/22/world/americas/mexico-journalists-killings-double.html?smid=em-share

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)

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/15/world/asia/philippines-duterte-drugs-icc.html

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)

https://www.startribune.com/duterte-says-he-can-be-held-responsible-for-drug-killings/572801222/

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)

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/10/16/world/mexico-former-defense-minister-detained/index.html

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)

https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/joe-biden-hunter-drugs-trump-overdose-20201021.html

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)

https://crackdownpod.com/

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)

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/oct/08/un-accused-over-failure-to-investigate-war-on-drugs-killings-in-the-philippines-duterte

Pointers From Portugal on Addiction and the Drug War

Decriminalization involves trade-offs, but treating addiction as a disease yields a clear gain, research suggests. (New York Times, 05.10.2020)

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/05/upshot/portugal-drug-legalization-treatment.html

Philippinen. Killings in Philippines up 50 percent during pandemic

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte administration’s bloody “war on drugs” worsened during the Covid-19 lockdown, according to the government’s own statistics. (IDPC, 03.10.2020)

https://idpc.net/alerts/2020/10/killings-in-philippines-up-50-percent-during-pandemic

USA. Presidential Determination on Major Drug Transit or Major Illicit Drug Producing Countries for Fiscal Year 2021

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, including section 706(1) of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 2003 (Public Law 107-228) (FRAA), I hereby identify the following countries as major drug transit or major illicit drug producing countries:  Afghanistan, The Bahamas, Belize, Bolivia, Burma, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Laos, Mexico, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela. (The White House, Memorandum for the Secretary of State, 16.09.20209

https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/presidential-determination-major-drug-transit-major-illicit-drug-producing-countries-fiscal-year-2021/

Fighting drug trafficking in the Golden Triangle: a UN Resident Coordinator blog

Drug trafficking has long been a problem in the Golden Triangle, the region where Thailand’s Chiang Rai province meets Myanmar and Laos. In this blog, Gita Sabharwal, UN Resident Coordinator in Thailand, and Jeremy Douglas, who represents the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Southeast Asia and the Pacific, explain how the United Nations and the Thai government are working together to tackle the issue. (United Nations News, 20.09.2020)

https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/09/1071192?123

Philippinen. Duterte Labels Drug War Critics Malevolent Predators Who "Ooze Blood”

The President of the Philippines used his inaugural United Nations speech to lash out at human rights campaigners who are in the line of fire in the country's war on drugs . (Vice, USA, 22.09.2020)

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/k7qvd9/duterte-labels-drug-war-critics-malevolent-predators-who-ooze-blood

SRI LANKA. Arrests of narcotics police highlight Sri Lanka’s drug menace

More than a dozen officers from a key national narcotics unit were recently found to be involved in a drug operation. (Al Jazeera, 17.09.2020)

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/09/17/arrests-of-narcotics-police-highlight-sri-lankas-drug-menace/

What We Got Wrong in the War on Drugs (2020). 

Osler, Mark William,

University of St. Thomas Law Journal, 2021 Forthcoming, U of St. Thomas (Minnesota) Legal Studies Research Paper No. 20-16, Available at SSRN: ssrn.com/abstract=3681043

https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/Delivery.cfm/SSRN_ID3681043_code519437.pdf

Asia's prisons are filling up with women. Many are victims of the war on drugs 

It was dark when the plane touched down in Hong Kong from Phnom Penh. Noor Yuni swiftly cleared immigration and collected her luggage. But as she approached the "nothing to declare" lane, a customs officer pulled her aside, she says. 

The 21-year-old Indonesian's bag was put into the security scanner and she remembers agreeing to be searched. 

By the time officers had slashed open the lining of her backpack and dislodged the white crystals concealed inside, Yuni said she knew she'd been tricked. (CNN, 16.08.2020)

Asia's prisons are filling up with women. Many are victims of the war on drugs 

Philippinen. 11 cops face raps for killing two men in fake anti-narcotics ops

Eleven anti-narcotics policemen of the City of San Jose del Monte (CSJDM), Bulacan are facing criminal complaints before the Department of Justice (DOJ) for abducting two men and killing them during a fabricated anti-illegal drugs operations last February. (Manila Bulletin, Philippinen, 12.08.2020)

Philippinen. 11 cops face raps for killing two men in fake anti-narcotics ops

Kolumbien. Former Colombian President Uribe Placed on House Arrest

COLOMBIA: In a televised address, President Iván Duque announced that former President Alvaro Uribe will be held in custody as the Supreme Court investigates allegations of witness tampering. Uribe, president of Colombia from 2002 to 2010, has long been accused of criminal activities, including having ties to drug cartels and paramilitary groups. 

The current probe against him comes after a senator accused Uribe of being a founding member of a paramilitary group involved in the decades-long civil conflict between the government and rebel groups. (latindispatch.com, 05.08.2020)

Kolumbien. Former Colombian President Uribe Placed on House Arrest