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Kolumbien. Colombia arrests key negotiator in FARC peace deal on drug trafficking charge

Colombia's former rebel group FARC has reacted angrily to the arrest of one of its prominent members on drug charges, warning the move is an obstacle to peace. (CNN, USA, 10.04.2018)


Honduras. Honduran coca raid signals shift to cocaine production, authorities say

TEGUCIGALPA. The second seizure of a coca plantation in Honduras within a year shows drug gangs are seeking to cut costs and turn the small Central American state into a producer rather than a transit hub for U.S.-bound cocaine, authorities said on Tuesday. (Reuters, 11.04.2018)


Philippinen. Philippine court halts govt move to keep drug war kill records secret

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippine Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered police to hand over full records of thousands of deadly encounters in the country’s war on drugs, thwarting a government bid to keep operational details of the bloody crackdown secret. (Reuters, 03.04.2018)


CHINA. China’s outdated war on drugs

Every year, tens of thousands of people worldwide die from opioid-related overdoses, many of which are linked to the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl. Journalists and politicians have called on China, the primary source of fentanyl, to do more to stamp out production and interdict shipments of the drug. These calls ignore China’s own domestic war on drugs, one rooted in the memory of the country’s humiliation at the hands of imperial Britain in the 1839–42 Opium War. (EAST ASIA FORUM, Australien, 31.03.2018)


Kolumbien. Peace process: Colombia coca growers threaten to suspend cooperation with peace process

Colombia’s coca farmers may suspend their participation in the country’s crop substitution program over extreme violence and alleged government failures to facilitate the farmers’ transition to legality. (colombiareports.com, 27.03.2018)


The War on Drugs Breeds Crafty Traffickers

Politicians often escalate drug war rhetoric to show voters that they are doing something. But it is rare to ignore generations of lessons as President Trump did earlier this month when he announced his support for the execution of drug traffickers.

This idea is insane. But the war on drugs has never made any sense to begin with.

Executing a few individual smugglers will do little to stop others because there is no high command of the international drug trade to target, no generals who can order a coordinated surrender of farmers, traffickers, money launderers, dealers or users. The drug trade is diffuse and can span thousands of miles from producer to consumer. People enter the drug economy for all sorts of reasons — poverty, greed, addiction — and because they believe they will get away with it. Most people do. The death penalty only hurts the small portion of people who are caught (often themselves minorities and low-level mules). (New York Times, 26.03.2018)


Philippinen. Justice may be coming for Philippine strongman

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is afraid.

That’s the signal he sent last week by announcing that the Philippines will withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC) “effective immediately.” Duterte sought to justify the withdrawal by suggesting that the ICC’s move last month to launch a preliminary examination  into killings linked to the Philippine government’s “war on drugs” had violated the principles of “due process and the presumption of innocence.” (Phelim Kine, Human Rights Watch, in: Asia Times, 17.03.2018)


Philippinen. Philippines Tars Rights Groups with ‘Drug Lords’ Smear - Duterte’s Subordinates Issue Veiled Threat Against Activists

Philippine presidential spokesman Harry Roque alleged on Monday that “some human rights groups have become unwitting tools of drug lords to hinder the strides made by the administration.” That echoed recent comments by Foreign Secretary Alan Cayetano equating efforts of some unnamed human rights organizations to stop President Rodrigo Duterte’s murderous “war on drugs” with “being used by drug lords.” (HRW – Human Rights Watch, 26.03.2018)


UK. Drugs trade drags children into modern slavery

Inner city children being forced to sell drugs in the countryside has fueled a tripling in the number of modern slavery victims in Britain, the National Crime Agency has said. 

For the first time UK nationals have made up the majority of the cases reported to the scheme set up to identify children and adults who are at the mercy of slave drivers and traffickers.

This was partly down to fears of children being exploited in a drug distribution model known as "county lines", where city gangs branch out into county or coastal towns to sell heroin and crack cocaine. (The Telegraph, UK, 26.03.2018)


Brasilien. Marielle Franco Has Not Been Silenced

On March 14, 2018, in the center of Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro, two gunmen in a car murdered Municipal Chamber Councilor Marielle Franco and her driver, Anderson Pedro Gomes. Unlike most of the city’s political leaders, Marielle came from Rio’s favelas. And many of the favelas’ millions of marginalized and mostly black residents saw her as their champion. For these people, and for Marielle’s allies in the human rights movement, her death is not simply a murder. It is an assassination. (OSF – Open Society Foundations, 20.03.2018)


Philippinen. Philippines police kill 13 suspects in one day during drug raids

Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody drug war continues with more than a dozen deaths on Wednesday after officers fire ‘in self defence’.(The Guardian, UK, 22.03.2018)


Philippinen. Morde auf den Philippinen - Dutertes blutige Nächte

Skrupellos lässt der philippinische Präsident Duterte mutmaßliche Drogenkriminelle in seinem Land jagen. Laut US-Geheimdiensten ist er eine Gefahr für die Demokratie in der Region. Duterte protestiert dagegen. (Spiegel online, 24.02.2018)


Niederlande/Philippinen. Dutertes Anti-Drogen-Krieg Austritt beim Weltstrafgericht stoppt Ermittlungen nicht

Das Weltstrafgericht teilt mit, dass Untersuchungen zum blutigen Anti-Drogen-Kampf der philippinischen Regierung weitergehen. Der Austritt des Landes beim ICC hat darauf keinen Einfluss. (Spiegel online, 20.03.2018)


Philippinen Duterte verkündet Austritt aus Internationalem Strafgerichtshof

Der Internationale Strafgerichtshof ermittelt gegen die Philippinen wegen möglicher Verbrechen gegen die Menschlichkeit. Präsident Duterte holt zum Gegenschlag aus. (Spiegel online, 14.03.2018)


How the War on Drugs Holds Science Back (Video)

(Open Society Foundations, 08.03.2018, Video, 01:53)


Philippinen. Duterte: Throw UN-experts to the crocodiles

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday, March 10, threatened to feed to crocodiles any special rapporteur from the United Nations (UN) who will investigate his campaign against illegal drugs. In another profanity-laced tirade, the President lashed out at UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein for denouncing his order to the Philippine National Police (PNP) not to cooperate in any UN human rights investigation. He said his directive has legal basis and is provided for by the 1987 Constitution. "This son of a b****, stupid chief of (UN Human Rights Council)..., they were irked because (my advice to the police is), 'Do not answer question[s] from them. And that is for a reason (that is) legal. That is provided for in the Constitution itself, our Constitution," Duterte said during his camp visit to Zamboanga City. (Sun Star, Philippinen, 11.03.2018)


Philippinen. Philippine president Duterte needs psychiatric evaluation, says UN chief

United Nations hits back after Philippines lists special rapporteur on terrorist ‘hit list’. (The Guardian, UK, 09.03.2018)


Mexiko. Mexico police charged with using death squad tactics on drug suspects

Veracruz police picked up youths and turned them over to specialized interrogation and torture squads, according to indictment. (The Guardian, UK, 28.02.2018)


Experten mahnen Kampf gegen Opiumproduktion in Afghanistan an

Wien – Die internationale Gemeinschaft muss nach Überzeugung von Experten den Kampf gegen die zunehmende Opiumproduktion in Afghanistan viel ernster nehmen. „Die Anstrengungen zur Stabilisierung des Landes bleiben wirkungslos, wenn nicht wirksam gegen die dortige illegale Drogenwirtschaft vorgegangen wird“, heißt es im neuesten Bericht der Internationalen Suchtstoffkontrollbehörde (INCB), der heute in Wien vorgelegt wurde. Es bestehe sonst die Gefahr, dass sich die von Unsicherheit, Armut und Terrorismus geprägte Situation nie ändere. (aerzteblatt.de, 01.03.2018)


Kolumbien. Criminal Violence Threatens Colombia Drug Crop Substitution: Report

A new report says that homicide rates increased substantially between 2016 and 2017 in municipalities in Colombia partaking in coca crop substitution programs, highlighting the fragility of the program in the context of intensified conflict among the country’s fragmented crime groups. (InSightCrime, USA, 22.02.2018)


Mexiko. The Stories of Women in Prison for Drug Related Crimes

This series of short films about women imprisoned for drug offenses in Mexico documents the human cost of current drug policies and the specific conditions by which these laws disproportionately impact women and their families. Most of these women live in poverty, have few economic opportunities, low levels of education, and are single mothers. They are primarily convicted for possessing, selling or transporting small amounts of drugs. They do not occupy positions of power within the drug trade and have not committed violent crimes, yet across the region the number of women incarcerated for drug offenses is increasing at an alarming rate. (WOLA - Washington Office on Latin America, o.D.)


Philippinen. Only the Law Can Stop Duterte’s Murderous War on Drugs

Local lawyers are fighting to hold the Philippine government accountable. To win, they need international human rights groups to give them more help. (Foreign Policy, USA, 26.02.2018)


Philippinen. Thousands protest deadly drug war in the Philippines

Catholic cardinal leads 'walk for life' and denounces 'throwaway culture', which he says has cost many Filipino lives. (Al Jazeera, 24.02.2018)


Philippinen. Dutertes Antidrogenkampf fordert mehr als 20.000 Tote

Die philippinische Regierung brüstet sich mit neuen Zahlen zum sogenannten Antidrogenkampf: Demnach wurden fast 4000 Kriminelle getötet - dazu kommen mehr als 16.000 ungeklärte Todesfälle.  (Spiegel online, 22.02.2018)


Kolumbien. See it. Spray it. Sorted: Colombia’s two anti-coca strategies are at war with each other

Forced eradication is proceeding faster than voluntary crop substitution. (The Economist, 20.02.2018)


Indien/Iran. India, Iran to step up cooperation on Afghanistan

India and Iran said Saturday that they would step up cooperation in combatting extremism, terrorism and drug trafficking in Afghanistan in an effort to restore peace and stability to the war-wracked country. (abcnews, 17.02.2018


Mexiko. Inside the Mexican towns that produce America’s heroin

MEXICO CITY — Journalists in Mexico, foreign and domestic, tend to keep drug cartels at arm's length. Narco bosses like to stay out of the news. Several Mexican reporters have been killed by drug gangs for trying to expose organized crime. Firsthand reporting from inside the Mexican underworld is rare. (Washington Post, 17.02.2018)


Irland. Dublin's dead men walking: 29 on death list in brutal gangland war

In the most violent gangland feud in Irish criminal history they are Dublin’s dead men walking.

As one international crime gang headed up by a Dublin drug smuggler seeks to annihilate its rival in the Irish capital, at least 29 men have been told they are on death lists. (The Guardian, UK, 19.02.2018)


USA/Afghanistan. Trump's Afghanistan "Taliban Heroin Lab" Bombing Campaign is Just More Drug War Theater

(Stop the Drug War, Issue 1010, 10.02.2018)


Philippinen. De Lima dares Duterte: Support UN-led probe into drug war deaths

'If he has nothing to hide, then it’s high time for the President to support the independent investigation into the human rights

MANILA. Detained opposition Senator Leila de Lima challenged President Rodrigo Duterte to support an independent probe led by the United Nations into the deaths and "the rash of extrajudicial killings" in his administration's war against illegal drugs.violations and abuses incessantly happening under his regime,' says Senator Leila de Lima. (rappler, Philippinen, 10.02.2018)