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Bangladesh. Bangladesh minister says drug addicts should be ‘shot at sight’

Primary and Mass Education Minister Mostafizur Rahman said if he were the home minister, he would set an example by rooting out the problem of drug addiction by “shooting the addicts at sight (sic) “.

“Some people say that drug abuse may be far worse a problem than militancy. They are right – drug abuse is more menacing than militancy, because militancy can be eradicated one day. If I were the home minister, I would have eliminated drug addiction, and the only way to do it is to adopt the ‘shoot at sight’ policy against drug addicts,” he said while addressing the 28th founding anniversary program of the Department of Narcotics Control at Tejgaon area in Dhaka on Tuesday. (Dhaka Tribune, 03.01.2018)

http://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/law-rights/2018/01/03/bangladesh-minister-drug-addicts-shot-at-sight/

Peru. Perú – Monitoreo de Cotivos de Coca 2016

(UNODC, November 2017)

http://www.unodc.org/documents/crop-monitoring/Peru/Peru_Monitoreo_de_coca_2016_web.pdf

Peru. UNODC Survey: Peru coca crop increases but still at lowest rate in the Andean region

The surface used to grow coca leaf crops in Peru in 2016 increased by 9 per cent, which is the lowest increase in the region, according to the latest Peru Coca Survey, launched in Lima today. The area under cultivation grew by more than 3,500 hectares (ha) in 2016, compared to 2015. The report, jointly produced by UNODC and the country's Government, indicates that the area used for cultivating the raw material for cocaine production increased from 40,300 hectares to 43,900 hectares. (UNODC, 05.12.2017)

http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/frontpage/2017/December/unodc-survey_-peru-coca-crop-increases-but-still-at-lowest-rate-in-the-andean-region.html

Myanmar opium cultivation declines sharply, except in some conflict areas: UN report

The total area of opium poppy cultivation in Myanmar has decreased significantly in 2017 to 41,000 hectares, down 25% from the 55,500 recorded in 2015, according to the Myanmar Opium Survey 2017 released today by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). (UNODC, 06.12.2017)

http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/frontpage/2017/December/myanmar-opium-cultivation-declines-sharply--except-in-some-conflict-areas_-un-report.html

UNODC Chief: Afghanistan faces opium crisis, response must be urgent, swift, decisive

In recent years attention has shifted away from the threat posed by illicit drugs, the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, Yury Fedotov, told the UN Security Council today. (UNODC, 21.12.2017)

http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/frontpage/2017/December/unodc-chief_-afghanistan-faces-opium-crisis--response-must-be-urgent--swift--decisive.html

Mexiko. Drogenkrieg: Zahl der Morde in Mexiko so hoch wie noch nie

Die Gewalt der Drogenkartelle hat die Zahl der Morde in Mexiko auf einen neuen Höchststand getrieben: 23.101 Menschen wurden alleine in den ersten elf Monaten 2017 getötet, wie die mexikanischen Behörden am Freitag mitteilten.

Dies ist der höchste Wert seit Beginn der Aufzeichnungen vor 20 Jahren. (faz.net, 24,12,2017)

http://www.faz.net/aktuell/gesellschaft/kriminalitaet/drogenkrieg-zahl-der-morde-in-mexiko-so-hoch-wie-noch-nie-15357199.html

Drogen in Deutschland: So viel Kokain beschlagnahmt wie nie zuvor

Ermittler haben 2017 in Deutschland so viel Kokain sichergestellt wie nie zuvor - laut NDR waren es knapp sieben Tonnen. Der überwiegende Teil der Menge wurde im Hamburger Hafen beschlagnahmt. (Spiegel online, 27.12.2017)

http://www.spiegel.de/panorama/justiz/kokain-2017-fast-sieben-tonnen-der-droge-in-deutschland-sichergestellt-a-1185114.html

Iran: Änderung des Drogengesetzes könnte 4000 zum Tode Verurteilten das Leben retten

Nach jahrelangem Druck durch die Vereinten Nationen und andere Menschenrechtsvereinigungen hat das iranische Parlament nun eine Änderung des Drogenhandelgesetzes verabschiedet, welches Tausenden von Gefangenen das Leben retten könnte. (Initiative gegen die Todesstrafe, 23.10.2017)

http://www.initiative-gegen-die-todesstrafe.de/nc/aktuelles/nachrichten/details/article/iran.html

China. Thousands in China watch as 10 people sentenced to death in sport stadium

Residents in Guangdong invited to see group sentenced before they are taken away for summary execution in wake of drugs crackdown. (The Guardian, UK, 18.12.2017)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/18/thousands-china-watch-executed-sport-stadium

Indonesien. Sandiaga threatens 'shoot to kill' for drug dealers fleeing arrest

Jakarta Deputy Governor Sandiaga Uno has declared that the administration will take a hard stance in its fight against drug trafficking in the capital, including a "shoot to kill" policy for drug dealers that resist arrest.

“We are serious [in fighting drugs], we will ‘810’ drug dealers who try to evade authorities' pursuit,” Sandiaga recently said at City Hall, referring to the police code for shooting and killing a potential suspect that attempts to flee arrest. (The Jakarta Post, 20.12.2017)

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/12/20/sandiaga-threatens-shoot-to-kill-for-drug-dealers-fleeing-arrest.html

USA. The War on Drugs Disenfranchises Thousands of Black Americans, Subverting Democracy

(Talking Drugs, UK, 14.12.2017)

https://www.talkingdrugs.org/how-the-drug-war-subverts-democracy

Russia, China back war vs drugs

Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia and Xi Jin Ping of China have thrown their support behind the administration’s war on drugs, President Rodrigo Duterte said late Saturday.

The two world leaders assured Duterte of their support backing during bilateral talks on the sidelines of the recently concluded Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit held in Danang, Vietnam. (The Manila Times, 13.11.2017)

http://www.manilatimes.net/russia-china-back-war-vs-drugs/362411/

Brasilien. Arrest of Rio drug kingpin brings fear of power grab – and further violence

Rogério da Silva was caught in an operation involving 3,000 troops and police but residents of Rocinha, the favela he sought to control, remain on edge. (The Guardian, UK, 10.12.2017)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/10/brazil-rio-favela-rogerio-da-silva-drugs

Human Rights Watch: Philippines’ ‘War on Drugs’ (Themenseite)

Since taking office on June 30, 2016, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has carried out a “war on drugs” that has led to the deaths of over 12,000 Filipinos to date, mostly urban poor. At least 2,555 of the killings have been attributed to the Philippine National Police. Duterte and other senior officials have instigated and incited the killings in a campaign that could amount to crimes against humanity.

Human Rights Watch research has found that police are falsifying evidence to justify the unlawful killings. Despite growing calls for an investigation, Duterte has vowed to continue the campaign.

Large-scale extrajudicial violence as a crime solution was a marker of Duterte’s 22-year tenure as mayor of Davao City and the cornerstone of his presidential campaign. On the eve of his May 9, 2016 election victory, Duterte told a crowd of more than 300,000: “If I make it to the presidential palace I will do just what I did as mayor. You drug pushers, holdup men, and do-nothings, you better get out because I'll kill you.” (HRW, Themenseite Philippines’ ‘War on Drugs’, 2017)

https://www.hrw.org/tag/philippines-war-drugs

Philippinen. Philippines: Rodrigo Duterte orders police back into deadly drug war - President had stood down police less than two months ago in response to rising opposition to controversial campaign

The Philippines’ president, Rodrigo Duterte, has told human rights groups criticising his deadly anti-drug war to “go to hell” after ordering police back to the frontlines of the crackdown. (The Guardian, UK, 06.12.2017)
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/06/philippines-rodrigo-duterte-orders-police-back-into-deadly-drug-war

In the Philippines and beyond, the war on drugs fuels the HIV epidemic. Let’s end it.

Today, on World AIDS Day, we call on governments, communities and families to stand with people living with HIV. Taking this stand means acting to protect the dignity and value of every life. This means not attacking nor marginalising people in situations of vulnerability; including gay men and other men who have sex with men, sex workers, transgender people and people who inject drugs. It also means ending the war on drugs, which continues to rage in many parts of the world. (IDCP, ANPUD, APCOM, 01.12.2017

http://idpc.net/blog/2017/12/in-the-philippines-and-beyond-the-war-on-drugs-fuels-the-hiv-epidemic-let-s-end-it

Malaysia. Follow Duterte and just shoot drug pushers, M’sian MP tells Parliament

KUALA LUMPUR — A Malaysian parliamentarian has called on his country to emulate Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte in ordering extrajudicial killings on drug pushers.

“I am very serious about this. Just shoot them, like they do in the Philippines,” said lawmaker Bung Moktar Radin from the ruling United Malays National Organisation (Umno), while praising the way the Philippines has taken on its controversial war on drugs. (Today, Singapur, 02.12.2017)

http://www.todayonline.com/world/follow-duterte-and-just-shoot-drug-pushers-msian-mp-tells-parliament

Mexiko. Decapitated Heads Found in Cooler Outside Mexican Broadcaster in Guadalajara

(...) According to Spanish newspaper El País, the CJNG has now replaced Sinaloa as the largest cartel in the country and the least impacted by security forces. Government statistics indicate 2017 is likely to become Fehler! Linkverweis ungültig. since records began in 1997 due to an increase in the number of homicides largely related to drug crime. (Newsweek, 29.11.2017)

http://www.newsweek.com/decapitated-heads-found-cooler-outside-mexican-broadcaster-guadalajara-725449

Philippinen. The Philippines: when the police kill children

The story of Kulot, one of the many teenagers suspected to have been killed as part of President Duterte's war on drugs.  (Al Jazeera, 02.12.2017)

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2017/12/philippines-police-kill-children-171201095145571.html

Afghanistan. U.S. strikes on Taliban opium labs won't work, say Afghan farmers

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan/KABUL (Reuters) - As U.S. and Afghan forces pound Taliban drug factories this week, farmers in the country’s largest opium producing-province and narcotics experts say the strategy just repeats previous failed efforts to stamp out the trade. (Reuters, 23.11.2017)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-drugs/u-s-strikes-on-taliban-opium-labs-wont-work-say-afghan-farmers-idUSKBN1DN18Q?il=0

Philippinen. SC tackles drug war: Were rights violated?

MANILA. Does the government’s war on drugs violate rights of the people?

Supreme Court (SC) justices raised this question yesterday as they started hearing in oral arguments the petitions assailing the Philippine National Police (PNP)’s anti-narcotics operations that have been marred by killings of thousands of drug suspects. (The Philippine Star, 22.11.2017)

http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/11/22/1761341/sc-tackles-drug-war-were-rights-violated

Mexiko. A Mexican Town Wages Its Own War on Drugs

When the authorities could no longer be trusted, Nestora Salgado organized a citizens’ police force. Did she go too far? (The New Yorker, 27.11.2017)

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/11/27/a-mexican-town-wages-its-own-war-on-drugs

Philippinen. Philippine anti-drug agency chief vows 'rule of law'

The new chief of the Philippines' anti-drug agency has promised a fresh approach to the controversial war on drugs, "based on the rule of law".

Aaron Aquino said that since he took over in August, only one suspect had been killed in 1,341 operations.

Thousands have died in the anti-drug campaign since it was launched by President Rodrigo Duterte in 2016.

Rights groups say Mr Duterte has sanctioned extrajudicial killings by vigilantes and by police. (BBC, 23.11.2017)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42076546

Afghanistan. US hits Taliban drug labs in Afghanistan under new strategy

KABUL. American aircraft have targeted drug producing facilities in Afghanistan for the first time under a new strategy aimed at cutting off Taliban funding, the top U.S. general in the country said Monday.

Gen. John Nicholson said the raids were carried out Sunday in the southern Helmand province, as part of the strategy unveiled by President Donald Trump in August. Afghan and American aircraft — including B-52 bombers dropping 2,000-pound bombs and F-22 attack planes — took part in the raids. (The Miami Herald, 20.11.2017)

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/article185583658.html

USA. Why Donald Trump’s wall won’t keep heroin out of America

The evidence suggests a wall would do little to stem the flow of drugs across the border. (The Economist, 13.11.2017)

https://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2017/11/transparent-hype

Kolumbien. This is the largest single drug seizure in Colombia's history (Video)

Colombian police have discovered 12 tonnes of cocaine in the largest single drug seizure in the country's history.

The drugs were found buried in four banana plantations in the north of the country, close to the routes used to smuggle cocaine to the US. (BBC, 09.11.2017, Video, 00:48)

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/41926140/this-is-the-largest-single-drug-seizure-in-colombia-s-history

Moving Away from the War on Drugs: An Interview with Dr Alex Wodak

The war on drugs in not over yet. But there seems to be some glimmering light at the end of the tunnel, with the major drug law reforms that have been taking place globally over recent years. (sydneycriminallawyers.com, 09.11.2017)

https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/blog/moving-away-from-the-war-on-drugs-an-interview-with-dr-alex-wodak/

Philippinen. Concern Growing in Asia, US, World Over Philippines Extrajudicial Drug War Killings

In Advance of ASEAN Summit, More Than 270 NGOs, Political Leaders, Human Rights and Health Advocates Call for International Pressure -- and for Justice. (stopthedrugwar.org, USA, 09.11.2017)

https://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/2017/nov/09/concern_over_philippine_killings

Kolumbien. Colombia, UNODC Sign 'Historic' Agreement on Coca Policy

Colombia and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) signed an agreement to cooperate on the Andean nation's coca reduction strategy. But the plan's success will likely depend on the Colombian government's uncertain ability to provide a promised investment of hundreds of millions of dollars over the next few years. (Insight Crime, USA, 03.11.2017)

http://www.insightcrime.org/news-briefs/colombia-unodc-sign-historic-agreement-over-coca-policy

The Gendered Impacts of the War on Drugs (Video)

How does the war on drugs affect women? Is it really so different from how it affects men? Our knowledge was very limited before we interviewed the participants of an international workshop in Budapest. (Drug Reporter, 17.09.2017, Video, 13:38)

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