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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)


Philippinen. President Duterte’s Son Cleared of Drug Trafficking, as Extrajudicial Killings Continue

As the extrajudicial killing of people for alleged drug offences continues in the Philippines, the president’s son has been cleared of trafficking - following a formal investigation. (Talking Drugs, UK, 02.05.2018)


Afghanistan. U.S. Expands Airstrikes on Afghan Opium Labs: Military Justifies Killing Civilians for Alleged Drug Offences

The U.S. is using airstrikes to destroy opium labs, and kill any people who happen to be present in them, as part of its counter-terror military policy in Afghanistan. (Talking Drugs, UK, 11.04.2018)


Kolumbien/USA. US Coast Guard Wants to Cut Rising Colombian Drug Trade at its Artery 

Traffickers use Colombia’s rivers that traverse through deep jungles to transport cocaine to ships in the Pacific Ocean. Most of the cocaine, 80 percent, is manufactured in makeshift labs set up within two kilometers of the windy jungle waterways. (OCCRP - The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, 07.05.2018)


Mexiko. Reports: Corruption that Kills: Why Mexico Needs an International Mechanism to Combat Impunity

In 2017, Mexico experienced its deadliest year in two decades, with homicides exceeding 25,000. Despite the many crimes which have been committed in Mexico, however, criminal accountability still remains virtually absent. The extraordinary violence Mexico is experiencing, and the questions it raises about collusion between state actors and organized crime, demand a commensurate response.

This report calls for an international mechanism—based inside the country, but comprised of national and international staff—which would have a mandate to independently investigate and prosecute atrocity crimes and the corrupt acts that enable them. (Open Society Justice Initiative, Mai 2018)


Kolumbien. Colombia misses coca crop substitution target by 40%

Colombia will fall short by 20,000 hectares in substituting illegal coca crops agreed to in a peace deal, according to President Juan Manuel Santos.

The country’s Defense Minister, Luis Carlos Villegas, told media in February last year that his government planned to substitute 50,000 hectares of coca, the base ingredient for cocaine, with legal crops by the end of 2017. (Clombia Reports, 01.05.2018)


Kolumbien. The battle over Colombia's coca fields (Video)

Despite the 2016 peace deal in Colombia, the country's cocaine trade is still flourishing.

Some blame the government for concentrating too hard on peace, others say that by going clean the Farc rebels have left a vacuum in the trade they once ruled.

Katy Watson visited Colombia's coca fields to hear from the people growing the crop, as well as those trying to stamp it out. (BBC, 19.02.2018, Video, 03:02)


Philippinen. 'I will arrest you': Duterte threatens ICC lawyer over 'war on drugs'

The Philippines leader has hit out at what he calls an international effort to paint him as a "ruthless and heartless violator of human rights". (sbs.com.au, Australien, 13.04.2018)


Afghanistan. U.S., Afghan forces expand air strikes on Taliban drug labs

KABUL (Reuters) - American and Afghan forces have expanded their air strikes against drug labs into western Afghanistan, aiming to choke Taliban revenue. (Reuters, 08.04.2018)


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)