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Kolumbien. ‘Without drug traffickers, we’d have peace’: Colombian villagers flee new killings 

Two years after the end of the guerrilla war that killed 220,000, other players have moved in on the drugs trade, with poor local children now being bribed to take up arms. (BBC, UK, 22.09.2018)

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/sep/22/colombia-cocaine-farc

Afghanistan. U.S. Bombing of Drug Labs in Afghanistan Is Counterproductive to Fighting the Taliban

(...) The bombing campaign, however, is an ineffective counter-narcotics approach and won’t advance a counterterrorism strategy. Not only is it based on misguided notions of how much the Taliban benefits from or depends on poppy cultivation to fund its insurgency, the operations also do not address the underlying problems that fuel the opium trade. Instead, the U.S. is likely to undermine the fight against the Taliban. The strikes against drug labs eliminate the only source of income for many local residents without providing a replacement, and they foster even greater resentment of the foreign military presence and the already unpopular central government. (justsecurity.org, USA, 06.09.2018)

https://www.justsecurity.org/60598/u-s-bombing-drug-labs-afghanistan-counterproductive-fighting-taliban/

Mexiko. Incoming Mexican president to seek negotiated peace in drug war

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s transition team unveiled a plan on Friday to shake up the fight against crime, including reduced jail time but stiffer controls on weapons, as the country reels from a militarized drug war. 

The concept of “transitional justice” is part of the incoming government’s integral security strategy, Olga Sanchez, Lopez Obrador’s proposed interior minister, told Reuters in an interview before her team unveiled the plan. (Reuters, 06.07.2018)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mexico-crime/incoming-mexican-president-to-seek-negotiated-peace-in-drug-war-idUSKBN1JW22S

Philippinen. Philippines Solidarity

While much of the world moves toward compassionate drug policy reform, a populist would-be dictator has led one country cruelly backwards.

Since taking office, President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines has orchestrated a brutal campaign of extrajudicial killings, mainly as part of his "drug war." Credible estimates for the number of dead range from at least 12,000 to well over 20,000 and rising since mid-2016.

Ominously, a "Duterte effect" in the region has led to extrajudicial drug war killings in Indonesia and Bangladesh, and high-level officials in Malaysia and Turkey have also called for killings or other extrajudicial violence. In a move that has comforted human rights violators everywhere, President Trump has praised Duterte's drug war, twice. (stopthedrugwar.org, 04.09.2018)

https://stopthedrugwar.org/node/32718#vienna2018

Philippinen. Duterte is Assassinating Opponents Under the Cover of the Drug War, Philippine Rights Groups Say

The assassination of two provincial mayors in two days has raised fresh fears that law and order in the Philippines—already in a fragile state as the result of a bloody war on drugs—is deteriorating further.

(...) Their deaths have brought to at least 10 the number of mayors who have been killed since President Rodrigo Duterte took office in 2016. (Time, USA, 05.07.2018)

http://time.com/5330071/philippines-mayors-political-assassination-duterte/

West-Afrika. UNODC organizes workshop to address opioid problem in West Africa

Non-medical use and trafficking of tramadol is becoming the main drug threat in West Africa. One sign of this is the rise in seizures of pharmaceutical opioids on the continent, driven by the worldwide popularity of tramadol, an opioid used to treat moderate and moderate-to-severe pain that is widely trafficked in the region. To find ways to address "The Crisis of Tramadol and Other Prescription Medicines in West Africa", UNODC organized a workshop last week in Abuja, Nigeria. (UNODC, 27.08.2018)

http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/frontpage/2018/August/unodc-organizes-workshop-to-address-opioid-problem-in-west-africa.html

Afghanistan. COUNTERNARCOTICS: LESSONS FROM THE U.S. EXPERIENCE IN AFGHANISTAN

Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, Juni 2018

http://fileserver.idpc.net/library/SIGAR-18-52-LL.pdf

Bolivien. UNODC Monitoring Survey reports a slight increase of coca bush cultivation in Bolivia during 2017

La Paz/Vienna, August 22, 2018 (United Nations) - In 2017, coca cultivation in Bolivia increased by six per cent compared to 2016, according to the latest Coca Cultivation Survey presented today in La Paz by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the government of Bolivia. In this period, the area under cultivation increased by 1,400 hectares (ha), from 23,100 ha in 2016 to 24,500 ha. (UNODC, 22.08.2018)

http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/frontpage/2018/August/unodc-bolivia_-the-2017-coca-cultivation-survey-reveals-an-increase-in-coca-crops.html

Philippinen. Poor Filipinos most vulnerable in Duterte's drug war: study

MANILA (UPDATED) - Poor Filipinos are the most vulnerable in President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs, according to a research analysis by some of the country's top schools. 

The study focused on the 5,021 drug-related killings from May 10, 2016 to September 29, 2017 reported by various media organizations. May 10 is the day Duterte won the presidential elections. (ABS-CBN, Philippinen, 25.07.2018)

http://news.abs-cbn.com/focus/06/25/18/poor-filipinos-most-vulnerable-in-dutertes-drug-war-study

Philippinen. Message of Philippines Senator Risa Hontiveros on Extrajudicial Drug War Killings (Video)

This video was first aired at "Human Rights Challenge: Judicial and Extrajudicial Drug War Killings in a Time of Authoritarianism," a side event held in association with the UN High Political Forum on the Sustainable Development Goals in New York, July 16, 2018. The event was the third in a series, the first two of which took place at the 2016 and 2017 Commission on Narcotic Drugs meetings at the UN in Vienna. (Stop the Drug War Net, USA, 07.08.2018, Video, 02:18)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vccKWFUmNWI

ANPUD statement: The war on drugs is a war on us - June 26th is the reminder

THE WAR ON DRUGS IS A WAR ON US – 26TH JUNE IS THE REMINDER

“People do not lose their human rights because they use or sell drugs”

– UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. (ANPUD – Asian Network of People who use Drugs, 27.06.2018)

http://fileserver.idpc.net/library/26th%20June%202018_WOD%20is%20war%20on%20us.pdf

Kolumbien. Drones hunt cocaine farms in Colombia

The Colombian government has started to use drones to destroy the plants that produce cocaine. 

Small aircraft loaded with herbicide are being sent to search for illegal fields of coca. (BBC, 21.08.2018)

https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-45259181

Mexiko. In bloody drug war, Mexico's new leader may try negotiating

CHILPANCINGO, Mexico (Reuters) - For the past 12 years, Mexico has fought violent drug gangs by deploying thousands of police, soldiers and intelligence officers to crack down on cartels and their leaders. 

If its new president-elect gets his way, however, negotiation may replace the hard-line strategy that critics say has only perpetuated violence. (Reuters, 02.07.2018)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mexico-election-crime/in-bloody-drug-war-mexicos-new-leader-may-try-negotiating-idUSKBN1JS1BP

Tansania. UK aid minister hails ‘double win’ of heroin crackdown in Tanzania 

Combating drug trade benefits developing nations and UK, says Penny Mordaunt. (The Guardian, UK, 19.08.2018)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/19/uk-aid-minister-hails-double-win-of-heroin-crackdown-in-tanzania

US supports Colombia’s decision to resume aerial fumigation of coca

The United States government on Thursday reportedly expressed its support for the resumption of the aerial fumigation of coca, the base ingredient for cocaine, in Colombia.

According to Spanish news agency EFE, a spokesperson of the US Department of State said that “the United States believes that all tools must be used to “reverse the sharp increase in cocaine production.” (Colombia Reports, 28.06.2018)

https://colombiareports.com/us-supports-colombias-decision-to-resume-aerial-fumigation-of-coca/

Philippinen. The people left behind by Philippines' brutal war on drugs - photo essay 

One year after visiting the Philippines to document the impact of President Rodrigo Duterte’s crackdown on drugs, photographerJames Whitlow Delanoreturns to the city of Navotas, Metro Manila, to assess the impact of a campaign that has now claimed up to 20,000 lives. (The Guardian, UK, 14.08.2018)

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/aug/14/death-drugs-duterte-philippines-poor-bear-brunt-of-narco-crackdown

Russland. Russia: Extortionate fine for airing drug legalization interview a repressive act of censorship

Reacting to the huge fine levied on independent Russian online newspaper 7x7for broadcasting an interview in which a politician expressed support for the legalization of drugs, Marie Struthers, Amnesty International’s Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, said: “The extortionate fine imposed on 7x7is ridiculous. This is an act of censorship and a blatant violation of freedom of expression that must be reversed immediately. (amnesty international, London, 21.06.2018)

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/06/russia-extortionate-fine-for-airing-drug-legalization-interview-a-repressive-act-of-censorship/

The War on Drugs Is Inseparable from US Imperialism

Much of the world used to treat drug addiction as a health issue, not a criminal one. And then America got its way. (Vice, UK, 13.08.2018)

https://www.vice.com/amp/en_uk/article/594j8b/the-war-on-drugs-is-inseparable-from-us-imperialism

Kolumbien. Colombia to use drones to fumigate coca leaf with herbicide

Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos on Tuesday authorized the use of drones to fumigate coca leaves at low altitude using the herbicide glyphosate as part of the Andean nation’s battle to eliminate the plant’s use in cocaine production. (Reuters, 27.06.2018)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-colombia-drugs/colombia-to-use-drones-to-fumigate-coca-leaf-with-herbicide-idUSKBN1JM368

Philippinen. Rodrigo Duterte threatens to kill corrupt police officers 

Philippine president tells dozens of policemen that they will be ‘watched for mistakes’. (The Guardian, UK, 07.08.2018)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/07/rodrigo-duterte-threatens-to-kill-corrupt-police-officers

Philippinen. Ronald dela Rosa: 'The Rock' behind Duterte's drugs war

It might have fallen away from international headlines, but state-sanctioned drug war killings continue in the Philippines. As the former chief of police tells the BBC's Howard Johnson in Manila, it's provided a cover for anyone wanting to kill with impunity. (BBC, 27.06.2018)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-44598858

Kolumbien. Colombia's top sniffer dog gets police protection after gangs put £50,000 price on its head 

Apolice sniffer dog who has found record amounts of illegal drugs has been moved from her post after one of Colombia's biggest drug gangs put a bounty on her head. (The Telegraph, UK, 26.07.2018)

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/07/26/police-give-sniffer-dog-extra-protection-gangs-put-50k-price/

Mexiko/Niederlande. Mexican Groups Seek ICC Probe of Drug War Crimes by Military

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Human rights organizations called on International Criminal Court prosecutors Monday to investigate atrocities allegedly committed by the Mexican military in a crackdown on drug crime in the Chihuahua region. (New York Times, 11.06.2018)

https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2018/06/11/world/europe/ap-eu-international-court-mexico.html

Philippinen. Duterte Vows More Bloodshed in Philippine ‘Drug War’

In State of the Nation Address, President Attacks Rights Defenders. (HRW – Human Rights Watch, 23.07.2018)

https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/07/23/duterte-vows-more-bloodshed-philippine-drug-war

Mexiko. Mexico Presidential Frontrunner Proposes Amnesty for Non-Violent Drug Traffickers to Counter Surging Bloodshed

The leading presidential candidate in Mexico’s election says scaling back the country’s militarised drug war could reduce bloodshed. Meanwhile, election candidates are being killed in huge numbers.

Mexico’s election process began in September 2017, with candidates and voters preparing for the country’s general and local elections, which will take place on July 1. The nine months following this declaration have seen widespread violence against politicians, with at least 113 policymakers or candidates being brutally murdered. Some were outspoken against cartel activity, while some were alleged to have been involved with trafficking. (Talking Drugs, UK, 13.06.2018)

https://www.talkingdrugs.org/mexico-drug-war-amnesty-for-traffickers

Mexiko. Mexico: Lopez Obrador government to consider legalization of drugs

Mexico's incoming president has granted his interior minister "carte blanche" to consider legalizing drugs. The new Mexican government has promised to respond to record-high violence with a package of judicial reforms. (DW – Deutsche Welle, 18.07.2018)

https://www.dw.com/en/mexico-lopez-obrador-government-to-consider-legalization-of-drugs/a-44717636

Philippinen. Duterte Harry's drugs war: how one family was destroyed 

The Filipino president’s brutal war on drugs has led to the killing of thousands of his poorest citizens – including many children. Here one family describe the death of a father and child in the crackdown. (Guardian, UK, 10.06.2018)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/10/rodrigo-duterte-harry-war-on-drugs-manila-murder

Peru / Kolumbien. Peru arrests 50 in Colombia border drugs bust

Security forces in Peru have arrested more than 50 people in the isolated jungle region of Putumayo in the first week of a 60-day state of emergency. (BBC, 18.07.2018)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-44868273

Bangla Desh. 188 NGOs call on the United Nations to condemn Bangladesh drug war

Civil society calls on the UN to take action in response to the killing of 130 people suspected of drug dealing by the Bangladeshi police. (IDPC, UK, 06.06.2018)

https://idpc.net/media/press-releases/2018/06/ngos-call-on-the-united-nations-to-condemn-bangladesh-drug-war

Bangla Desh / Süd Korea. South Korea Lends Support to Bangladesh Drug War, as Death Toll Rises

Over 200 people have been killed in Bangladesh’s brutal drug war, and authorities are now receiving material support for it from the South Korean government. (Talking Drugs, UK, 17.07.2018)

https://www.talkingdrugs.org/south-korea-lends-support-to-bangladesh-drug-war-as-death-toll-rises

Libanon. Lebanon's largest drug bust lines entire football field 

Counter Narcotics Unit seized more than 15,000 kg of hashish. (The National,  UAE, 04.06.2018)

https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/lebanon-s-largest-drug-bust-lines-entire-football-field-1.736899

Indonesien. Anti-Gay Hostility Threatens Indonesia's AIDS Battle: Activists

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Rising government and public hostility toward the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in Indonesia is threatening the battle against AIDS in the world's largest Muslim-majority country, activists and an official said. (Medscape, 09.07.2018)

https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/898895