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Philippinen. “You Haven’t Died Yet?”: President Duterte Lists Politicians Allegedly Involved in Drugs, Ahead of Elections 

Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte has named 45 politicians who he claims to be involved with the illegal drug trade, ahead of the country’s general election. (Talking Drugs, UK, 14.03.2019)

https://www.talkingdrugs.org/president-duterte-lists-politicians-allegedly-involved-in-drugs-ahead-of

Indien. The hidden opioid crisis - How the so-called 'war on drugs' leaves patients to die in pain

Across the world – and predominantly the Global South – people are dying in pain because they are denied access to pain relief. In 2015 the Lancet Commission on Global Access to Palliative Care and Pain Relief estimated that more than 61 million people experienced serious health-related suffering. (Health Poverty Action, UK, Briefing, Februar 2019)

https://www.healthpovertyaction.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/India-opioid-crisis-briefing-WEB.pdf

Philippinen. ‘Harsher’ anti-narcotics crackdown insults drug war victims — CHR 

MANILA, Philippines — Vowing to ramp up the controversial anti-narcotics campaign is an insult to the victims of the bloody crackdown and their families, the Commission on Human Rights said Friday. (philstar.com, Philippinen, 22.02.2019)

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/02/22/1895867/harsher-anti-narcotics-crackdown-insults-drug-war-victims-chr

USA/Afghanistan. Trump’s Bombing Campaign Against Taliban Heroin Labs Quietly Fizzles

A year-long bombing campaign that pitted some of America’s most high-tech Air Force fighter jets against primitive Taliban “heroin labs” has quietly ended after failing to achieve much of anything, according to the latest report on continuing U.S. operations in Afghanistan from the Defense Department’s inspector general. (alternet.org, USA, 01.03.2019)

https://www.alternet.org/2019/03/trumps-bombing-campaign-against-taliban-heroin-labs-quietly-fizzles/

Has the decade-old war on drugs in Asia succeeded?

Data shows that brutal anti-drug policies have failed to curb drug trade and use across Asia. (Al Jazeera, 23.02.2019)

https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/war-drugs-asia-succeeded-190218160811303.html

Philippinen. Rodrigo Duterte: Philippines president suggests deadly war on drug dealers will get even ‘bloodier’

Controversial leader pledges harsher crackdown to eradicate drugs. (The Independent, UK, 20.02.2019)

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/rodrigo-duterte-drugs-war-philippines-crackdown-crime-a8788496.html

Myanmar/Burma. Ruthless meth networks get ill-prepared Myanmar hooked 

KUTKAI, Myanmar: Mobs of stick-wielding church-goers in Myanmar's northeast would previously attack dealers and addicts in a desperate effort to save their communities from a meth-induced health crisis sweeping the country.

But anonymous death threats brought the vigilante operations to a halt. (Bangkok Post, Thailand, 20.02.2019)

https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/world/1632034/ruthless-meth-networks-get-ill-prepared-myanmar-hooked

Brasilien. 'It was execution': 13 dead in Brazil as state pushes new gang policy 

Recent raid suggests police are implementing ‘shoot-to-kill’ tactics that Rio’s new governor campaigned on. (The Guardian, UK, 14.02.2019)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/14/brazil-13-dead-gang-policy-shoot-to-kill-rio

Mexiko. Mexico to try new tactics in search for those missing in drug war

MEXICO CITY. Mexican officials on Monday presented a new plan to search for the tens of thousands of people who have disappeared during the country’s drug war, creating a new forensic institute and working more closely with international groups and families. (Reuters, 05.02.2019)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mexico-politics/mexico-to-try-new-tactics-in-search-for-those-missing-in-drug-war-idUSKCN1PT2DY

Brasilien/Indien. Punishing Poverty: How the failed 'war on drugs' harms vulnerable communities - Case studies of Brazil and India

The failed ‘war on drugs’ causes a vicious cycle of poverty around the world, which targets the most marginalised and vulnerable in society. The people most affected are not those in charge of the drugs trade – instead, it’s those caught up at the lowest levels of the trade – a trade that is destroying their lives and communities, particularly in the global south. (healthpovertyaction.org, UK, 2019)

https://www.healthpovertyaction.org/change-is-happening/campaign-issues/a-21st-century-approach-to-drugs/punishing-poverty/

Brasilien. The Massacre of Black Brazilians in the War on Drugs

Reflections on race, necropolitics and the control of psychoactive drugs based on the construction of a black experience

Nathália Oliveira and Eduardo Ribeiro, 

International Journal on Human Rights, Ausgabe 28, Dezember 2018

https://sur.conectas.org/en/the-massacre-of-black-brazilians-in-the-war-on-drugs/

Philippinen. Rodrigo Duterte seeks to cut age of criminal responsibility to 12 as part of drug war 

Philippines president originally wanted children as young as nine to be culpable as part of brutal war on drugs. (The Guardian, UK, 24.01.2019)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/24/rodrigo-duterte-seeks-to-cut-age-of-criminal-responsibility-to-12-as-part-of-drug-war

Mexiko. Mexico's murder rate broke new record in 2018 as drug war drags on 

Figures show 28,816 homicides, a 15% increase over the previous year, attributed to drug war and other illegal markets. (The Guardian, UK, 22.01.2019)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/22/mexico-murder-rate-new-record-2018-drug-war

Mexiko. Mexico to Get New Drug-Fighting Force 

Mexico is one step closer to getting a new ‘National Guard’ to help the fight against endemic organized crime after the lower house voted overwhelmingly in favor of the force on Wednesday. (OCCRP - Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, USA, 17.01.2019)

https://www.occrp.org/en/daily/9130-mexico-to-get-new-drug-fighting-force

Bangla Desh. Bangladesh accused of using war on drugs to hide political assassinations

(...) shootouts with the police Rapid Action Battalion are daily occurrences after the government launched a deadly crackdown on the drugs trade which has drawn comparisons with President Roderigo Duterte’s similarly violent purge in the Philippines. (The Telegraph, UK, 01.06.2018)

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/06/01/bangladesh-accused-using-war-drugs-hide-political-assassinations/

Mexiko/USA. Aussage im "El Chapo"-Prozess Mexikos Ex-Präsident soll Schmiergeld angenommen haben 

Im Prozess gegen den ehemaligen Drogenboss Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán hat ein Zeuge Vorwürfe gegen Mexikos früheren Präsidenten erhoben: Enrique Peña Nieto soll mit 100 Millionen Dollar bestochen worden sein. (Spiegel online, 16.01.2019)

http://www.spiegel.de/panorama/justiz/el-chapo-prozess-enrique-pena-nieto-soll-schmiergeld-angenommen-haben-a-1248243.html

Sri Lanka/Philippinen. ‘Example to the world': Sri Lanka president plans to copy Duterte's war on drugs 

President Maithripala Sirisena praises Philippines over policy that has led to thousands of extrajudicial killings. (The Guardian, UK, 18.01.2019)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/18/example-to-the-world-sri-lanka-president-plans-to-copy-dutertes-war-on-drugs

Mexiko/USA. Former Mexican State Attorney General Pleads Guilty to International Narcotics Distribution Conspiracy

Defendant Used His Position as a Law Enforcement Official to Facilitate International Drug Trafficking into the United States. (The United States Department of Justice, Eastern District of New York, 04.01.2019)

https://www.justice.gov/usao-edny/pr/former-mexican-state-attorney-general-pleads-guilty-international-narcotics

Mexiko. Crece el número de homicidios en Tijuana

En la ciudad se tiene el registro de 2 mil 502 homicidios. (EL MEXICANO, 31.12.2018)

http://www.el-mexicano.com.mx/informacion/noticias/1/28/accidentes/2018/12/31/1061335/crece-el-numero-de-homicidios-en-tijuana

Schweiz. Unsere Armee im Einsatz: Mit Super Pumas auf Cannabisjagd 

Mit Hubschraubern der Armee suchen Polizei und Grenzwache im Wallis nach Hanfpflanzen. Fragen dazu beantworten die Beteiligten höchst ungern. (WOZ – Wochenzeitung, Schweiz, 13.12.2018)

https://www.woz.ch/1850/unsere-armee-im-einsatz/mit-super-pumas-auf-cannabisjagd

Interactive Map: Global Drug Policy Developments of 2018

2018 has seen support for cannabis reform surge around the world, but many countries - including Bangladesh, the Philippines, and Brazil - have been intensifying their prohibitionist drug policies, or seem intent to do so. Take a look at the map below to see some of the developments that have taken place over the past year. (Talking Drugs, UK, 24.12.2018)

https://www.talkingdrugs.org/interactive-map-global-drug-policy-developments-of-2018

Philippinen. Women Against Women in Duterte’s Drug War

The Philippines is the centre of the world's bloodiest drug war. Only two years after President Rodrigo Duterte launched 'Oplan Double Barrel', the death toll from the anti-drug campaign has reached nearly 4.500. Outside the government agencies, some human rights advocates claim that the civilian death toll is as high as 20,000.

But as with any war, the number of victims far exceeds any official statistics, with women in particular adversely affected. And with the politicisation of the drug wars, argues Bianca  Ysabelle Franco, the war on women also becomes a war among women. (BroadAgenda, Australien, 11.12.2018)

http://www.broadagenda.com.au/home/women-against-women-in-dutertes-drug-war/

Seven Ways (Just for a Start) the War on Drugs Violates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Global leaders celebrate Human Rights Day each December 10—often touting their own violent anti-drug policies as part of their state’s purported goal to observe the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

On inspection, of course, punitive drug policies do not support human rights, but rather glaringly violate them. Although all 30 rights listed in the UN Declaration are surely assaulted in some way by prohibition, the first seven rights listed on the 70-year-old document are strikingly disregarded by governments that strive to engineer a “drug-free” world. (Filter, USA, 10.12.2018)

https://filtermag.org/2018/12/10/seven-ways-just-for-a-start-the-war-on-drugs-violates-the-universal-declaration-of-human-rights/

Südost-Asien/Indonesien. Can Indonesia and Southeast Asia afford to lose another decade to war on drugs?

Southeast Asia is characterised by some of the harshest and most repressive approaches to drugs in the world. Have these draconian measures resulted in the desired effect of a reduced drug market? Can ASEAN claim that progress is being made towards the goal of a ‘drug-free’ region? (Ann Fordham, Executive Director, IDCP - International Drug Policy Consortium, Jakarta Post, 23.10.2018)

https://idpc.net/blog/2018/11/can-indonesia-and-south-east-asia-afford-to-lose-another-decade-to-the-war-on-drugs

Kolumbien. Behind the Scenes with Colombia's Cocaine Farmers

Deep in the Colombian jungle, photographer Mads Nissen documented the day-to-day lives of people involved in the production and trade of coke and cannabis. (vice.com, UK, 29.10.2018)

https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/59adnn/behind-the-scenes-with-colombias-cocaine-farmers

Can Mexico defeat the drug cartels? (Video)

Mexico's new president is promising to renew efforts to tackle the country's drug cartels. (BBC Reality Check, 01.12.2018, Video, 02.47)

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-46378685/mexico-s-drug-war-has-the-tide-been-turned

Indien. Punjab's drug menace: 'I wanted my son to die'

The northern Indian state of Punjab has witnessed a sharp increase in the number of drug-related deaths this year. (BBC, 23.11.2018)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-46218646

Mexiko. Mexican president-elect's party presents national guard plan

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Lawmakers from Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) on Tuesday submitted a bill for a new national guard that aims to replace the armed forces in the fight against organized crime. (Reuters, 21.11.2018)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mexico-politics/mexican-president-elects-party-presents-national-guard-plan-idUSKCN1NP2MZ

Afghanistan. Sharp drops in opium poppy cultivation, price of dry opium in Afghanistan, latest UNODC survey reveals

The total area under opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan remains at very high levels despite a decrease by 20 per cent compared to 2017. The potential production of opium decreased by 29 per cent in 2018 compared to last year, while farm-gate prices hit an all-time low, according to the 2018 Afghanistan Opium Survey released today.

However, the decreases, in particular in the Northern and Western regions, were mainly attributed to the severe drought that has hit Afghanistan. (UNODC, Wien, 19.11.2018)

https://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/frontpage/2018/November/sharp-drops-in-opium-poppy-cultivation--price-of-dry-opium-in-afghanistan--latest-unodc-survey-reveals.html

Afghanistan. Afghanistan Opium Survey 2018 - Cultivation and Production

UNODC und MCN/NSD – Narcotics Survey Directorate 8Kabul), November 2018) 

https://www.unodc.org/documents/crop-monitoring/Afghanistan/Afghanistan_opium_survey_2018.pdf