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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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)



Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, Juni 2018


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)


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


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


Afghanistan. Taliban commander orders closure of opium labs in towns and cities 

Recording suggests movement fears local discontent as US airstrikes target facilities in built-up areas

A Taliban commander in the Afghan province of Helmand has ordered all drug labs to be moved out of the urban areas the insurgency controls as US airstrikes targeting the facilities are killing a rising number of civilians, according to a recorded conversation obtained by the Guardian. (The Guardian, UK, 28.05.2018)


Bangla Desh. War against drugs: Bangladesh police kill 86, arrest 7,000 people since May beginning

Bangladesh police have killed at least 86 people and arrested about 7,000 since launching a crackdown on drug trafficking this month, officials said on Monday, raising fears from rights activists of a Philippines-style war on drugs. (dnaindia.com. 28.05.2018)


Guatemala. Guatemala’s First Coca Farm Signals Expansion of CentAm ‘Experiments’

The first-of-its-kind discovery of a coca farm in Guatemala may be a sign that drug trafficking groups looking to cut risks and transport costs could be expanding experiments growing drug crops in Central America, a region that has traditionally been used to transit rather than produce drugs. (insightcrime.org, 29.05.2018)


Rauschgiftkriminalität in Deutschland gestiegen

Konsum und Handel von Drogen haben in Deutschland zugenommen. Im Zusammenhang mit Cannabis und Kokain wurden die meisten Straftaten begangen. (Spiegel online, 23.05.2018)


Deutschland. Rauschgiftkriminalität erneut gestiegen

Wiesbaden – Die Rauschgiftkriminalität in Deutschland ist das siebte Jahr in Folge gestiegen. 2017 wurden rund 330.580 Drogendelikte registriert, wie die Bundesdrogenbeauftragte Marlene Mortler (CSU) und der Präsident des Bundeskriminalamts (BKA), Holger Münch, heute in Wiesbaden mitteilten. (aerzteblatt.de, 23.05.2018)


Afghanistan opium survey 2017 - Challenges to sustainable development, peace and security

UNODC und Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Ministry of Counter Narcotics, MCN/NSD, Narcotics Survey Directorate, Mai 2018


Spanien. South of Spain in Grip of Drug Violence

Over the weekend, Spanish police seized more than 900 kilograms of cocaine and 15 tons of hashish, and dismantled an international drug trafficking group. Spanish drug gangs still seem unstoppable despite all this. (OCCRP - Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, 21.05.2018)


Bayern. Kokain unter Bananen: LKA macht spektakulären Drogenfund 

Das Bayerische Landeskriminalamt hat den spektakulärsten Ermittlungserfolg in seiner Geschichte präsentiert.

Die Ermittler haben Kokain mit dem illegalen Marktwert von rund 400 Millionen Euro gefunden.

Der Weg des Rauschgifts begann in Ecuador, wo es in Bananenkisten versteckt wurde. (sueddeutsche.de, 16.05.2018)


Afghanistan. Taliban kill dozens of police in western Afghan province

HERAT, Afghanistan. Taliban fighters attacked Afghan bases in the western province of Farah, killing more than 30 police, officials said on Friday, as the insurgents stepped up their offensive in a region with vital opium smuggling routes into neighbouring Iran. (Reuters, 11.05.2018)


Philippinen. How Duterte’s war on drugs feeds on his country’s worst fears

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody crackdown on drugs is pushing the country’s most vulnerable people even further towards the margins, says Global Commission on Drugs executive secretary Khalid Tinasti. (South East Asia Globe, 14.05.2018)


Philippinen. Philippines Prison Chief Says People Convicted of Minor Drug Possession Should be Executed

The Philippines correctional system chief has said anyone convicted of a drug offence – including personal possession - should be executed, as a bill reintroducing the death penalty gains overwhelming support in the House of Representatives.

Bureau of Corrections Director General Ronald Dela Rosa, who took on the senior role in late April 2018, said that people convicted of any drug offence should go "straight to lethal injection". Dela Rosa specifically noted that this should include people found in possession of small quantities of illegal drugs for personal use (...).

His statement came days after the country’s House of Representatives voted to approve the final reading of a bill that would introduce the death penalty for several drug-related offences, including one drug possessionoffence. (Talking Drugs, UK, 15.05.2018)