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Drug addiction in Afghanistan, once mostly limited to men who spent years as laborers or war refugees in Iran, has exploded into a nationwide scourge that affects millions of people, including a growing number of women and children. (Washington Post, 19.06.2017)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/opium-use-booms-in-afghanistan-creating-a-silent-tsunami-of-addicted-women/2017/06/19/6c5b16f2-3985-11e7-a59b-26e0451a96fd_story.html

The US ambassador to Colombia publicly aired his country's main grievances with regard to Colombia's peace agreement with the FARC guerrilla group, adding to growing pressure from the United States over the historic deal.

"The FARC have not complied, in my opinion, with their obligations under the agreement," US Ambassador to Colombia Kevin Whitaker said during a recent interview with El Tiempo.

Echoing earlier comments by other US officials, Whitaker argued that the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia – FARC) continue to encourage coca cultivation in certain areas of the country, and said that the demobilized rebel group should not be involved in government efforts to implement crop substitution programs for coca farmers. (InSight Crime, USA, 27.09.2017)

http://www.insightcrime.org/news-briefs/farc-not-complied-peace-agreement-us-ambassador-colombia

MANILA. Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson have met in Washington to discuss Manila's anti-drug war, a statement issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said here Thursday.

During the meeting at the State Department in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, the statement said the Philippines does not allow extrajudicial killings.

"Contrary to media reports, Cayetano also clarified to Tillerson that the Philippines does not have a state policy allowing extrajudicial killings, especially of illegal drug suspects," the statement read. (xinhuanet, China, 28.09.2017)

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-09/28/c_136645151.htm

Byron Allatog, 39, refuses to enforce controversial President's order to kill suspected narcotics traffickers on island of Cebu. (The Independent, UK, 09.10.2017)

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/rodrigo-duterte-war-on-drugs-police-chief-byron-allatog-philippines-a7990626.html

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has demoted the country's police from leading his drugs war, amid growing criticism of the bloody crackdown. (BBC, 12.10.2017)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41591534

MANILA. A group of Philippine lawyers on Wednesday filed an injunction with the Supreme Court to try to stop President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody war on drugs, calling it as an illegal campaign that lets police kill and circumvent legal procedures. (Reuters, 11.10.2017)

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-philippines-drugs-court/philippine-lawyers-ask-supreme-court-to-halt-illegal-war-on-drugs-idUKKBN1CG0KW

With the spotlight on President Duterte's war on drugs, what happens to those who escape the police shootouts?

We go inside the massive rehabilitation centre in Nueva Ecija to find out how drug rehabilitation works in the Philippines. (BBC, 13.01.2017, Video, 06:59)

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-asia-41599694/the-philippines-mega-rehab-centre-for-drug-addicts

Researchers at Florida International University's International Forensic Research Institute (IFRI) have zeroed in on a unique component of heroin that could pinpoint where it was grown, giving authorities a new tool to potentially disrupt the nation's opioid crisis.

(...) Researchers needed to find something unique in the heroin itself that could not be masked or eliminated in order to determine its point of origin – something the typical manufacturer wouldn't know to look for or care to mask. They zeroed in on the ratio of radiogenic strontium isotopes, which are naturally occurring in bedrock. Strontium isotopes can be found in different ratios among geographic regions depending upon the nature of geologic formation.

Using heroin samples of known geographic origin provided to them by the DEA, researchers were able to measure ratios of strontium isotopes in samples known to come from the four distinct regions. (phys.org, 28.09.2017)

https://phys.org/news/2017-09-discovery-authorities-track-heroin.html

Colombian officials and coca growers reached an agreement on Wednesday to temporarily halt the forced eradication of coca, the base ingredient of cocaine, in the northwest of the country. (Colombia Reports, 22.09.2017)

https://colombiareports.com/colombia-halts-coca-eradication-northeast-following-protests

The tough stance taken by the government against drug dealers has taken a deadly turn that has seen a significant rise in the number of victims being shot dead by law enforcement personnel, Amnesty International Indonesia has said. (The Jakarta Post, 19.09.2017)

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/09/19/80-people-killed-in-polices-war-on-drugs-amnesty-international.html

(...) “Colombia has paid a very high price, perhaps the highest of any nation and what is being seen is that the remedy has been worse than the disease,” said Santos to the delegates from all around the globe. (colombiareports.com, 19.09.2017)

https://colombiareports.com/colombias-president-santos-calls-change-approach-war-drugs-final-un-speech/

Offiziell haben die Paramilitärs bereits vor zehn Jahren unter dem damaligen kolumbianischen Präsidenten Alvaro Uribe die Waffen niedergelegt. In Wirklichkeit aber wurden in den 52 Jahren des Bürgerkriegs aus den ursprünglich gegen die linken FARC-Rebellen kämpfenden rechten Gruppen der Paramilitärs heute kriminelle Organisationen, die ihr Geld mit Drogenhandel verdienen. (arte, Reportage, 21.04.2017, online bis 19.03.2020, Video, 24:29)

https://www.arte.tv/de/videos/074734-000-A/kolumbien-der-krieg-danach/

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said he will have his son killed if drug trafficking allegations against the younger politician are true, and that the police who carry out the hit will be protected from prosecution. (The Telegraph, UK, 21.09.2017)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/09/21/philippines-rodrigo-duterte-says-son-will-killed-involved-drugs/

The Commission of Human Rights has condemned thousands of police killings and has been criticised strongly by President Rodrigo Duterte. (The Guardian, UK, 13.09.2017)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/13/philippines-budget-agency-investigating-drug-war

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) has urged President Rodrigo Duterte to uphold the international human rights obligations of the Philippines, as he expressed “grave concern” over the state leader’s “open support for a shoot-to-kill policy” against suspects. (inquirer.net, 12.09.2017)

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/930063/un-human-rights-zeid-raad-al-hussein-president-duterte-philippines-drug-war

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s son denied any involvement in a drug smuggling case that is captivating the nation.

Paolo Duterte, the vice mayor of Davao City, on Thursday appeared before a Senate committee investigating how 604 kilograms (1,330 pounds) of the drug known as crystal meth slipped through the Bureau of Customs in May. A broker who handled the shipment initially said his customs transactions were facilitated by a group claiming to have links with Paolo Duterte and his brother-in-law, Manases Carpio. (Bloomberg Politics, 07.09.2017)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-07/duterte-s-son-denies-meth-smuggling-claims-as-case-rivets-manila

In reality, Kian delos Santos's death is no more remarkable or tragic than the deaths of the thousands of other people who have been gunned down in the Philippines in the past year — victims of President Rodrigo Duterte's so-called war on drugs.

What makes the 17-year-old's death unusual is the fact that the moments leading up to it were filmed on a CCTV camera. (abc.net, Australien, 06.09.2017)

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-06/kian-delos-santos-caught-in-crossfire-of-dutertes-war-on-drugs/8877296

Peace accords signed between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, better known as FARC, have ended a half-century conflict that killed 260,000 people and displaced another six million.

But it does not mean an end to Colombia’s violence. FARC’s smaller revolutionary cousin, the ELN, or National Liberation Army, has agreed a temporary ceasefire but has not yet laid down its weapons. Neither do the peace accords disband the rightwing paramilitaries who carried out the bulk of the killings during the civil war. They have transformed into criminal gangs that control significant swaths of territory in which the state has little presence. (IRIN, 08.9.2017)

http://www.irinnews.org/in-depth/colombia-s-troubled-peace-1

When it comes to the opioid overdose crisis, there is a disconnect between lawmakers and the people they aim to protect, especially if those people are selling heroin. There has been a push to pass harsh penalties against those who provide fentanyl-laced heroin that results in an overdose. Here’s the problem: it’s virtually impossible to find heroin in its pure form. What’s more, people who use heroin have very little control over whether or not their products have been adulterated. (DPA – Drug Policy Alliance, USA. 30.08.2017)

http://www.drugpolicy.org/blog/because-drug-war-there-virtually-no-heroin-without-fentanyl-many-places

The death of the 17-year old has drawn huge domestic attention to allegations by activists that police have been systematically executing suspected users and dealers. (South China Morning Post, 26.08.2017)

http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2108398/justice-kian-mourners-remember-philippine-teen-shot-dead

Mehr als 12 000 Menschen sind alleine in den ersten sieben Monaten 2017 von den Drogenkartellen in Mexiko schon ermordet worden.

Auch exklusive Strandorte wie Los Cabos sind neuerdings nicht mehr sicher.

Das Militär ist nach zehn Jahren Drogenkrieg des Kämpfens müde. Neue Strategien fehlen. (sueddeutsche.de, 19.08.2017)

http://www.sueddeutsche.de/panorama/mexiko-alles-total-ausser-kontrolle-1.3627921

President continues controversial declarations telling officers they are free to kill anyone who is violent while being detained. (Guardian, UK, 28.08.2017)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/28/philippines-duterte-orders-police-to-kill-idiots-who-resist-arrest

Die indonesische Polizei hat laut Amnesty in diesem Jahr 60 mutmaßliche Drogenhändler erschossen. Damit folge das Land dem Beispiel der Philippinen. (Zeit online, 16.08.2017)

http://www.zeit.de/politik/ausland/2017-08/amnesty-international-indonesien-drogenhaendler-getoetet-polizei

What would you do if a group of policemen showed up at your doorstep and asked you to pee into a plastic cup for an on-the-spot drug test that could reveal whether or not you had taken shabu or marijuana in the last seven days? 

That is the question residents of Lupang Pangako in Barangay Payatas have been grappling with since June when groups of policemen started going house-to-house, armed with do-it-yourself drug testing kits that show, within seconds, that a person is either positive or negative for the use of those banned substances. (ABS-CBN, 21.08.2017)

http://news.abs-cbn.com/focus/08/20/17/in-payatas-police-do-house-to-house-drug-testing

MANILA.  UNICEF Philippines is deeply concerned about the impact of the war on drugs on Filipino children. The death of 17-year-old Kian Delos Santos during the drug raid in Caloocan City and the circumstances of his untimely death in relation to the State’s war on drugs are deeply disturbing. (UNICEF, 22.08.2017)

https://www.unicef.org/media/media_100687.html

In a letter to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC), a global network of 177 NGOs, expresses strong support for the Peace Accord signed by the Colombian government and the FARC, while also expressing deep concern regarding intensified, and increasingly militarized, forced coca eradication efforts, especially in areas where communities have already signed crop substitution agreements. (International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC), 18.08.2017)

http://idpc.net/media/press-releases/2017/08/global-ngos-express-concern-about-forced-eradication-in-colombia

President admits 'abuses' in war on drugs as demonstrators say death toll has now reached 13,000.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/08/thousands-demand-killings-duterte-drug-war-170821124440845.html

"Diese Kampagne (von) Shoot-to-Kill wird bis zu meinen letzten Tag bleiben,"

"Ich interessiere mich nicht für Menschenrechte, glauben Sie mir."
"Wenn ein Verdächtiger eine Pistole herauszieht, töte ihn, wenn er es nicht tut, töte ihn sowieso."
Das sind Worte aus dem philippinischen Präsidenten Rodrigo Duterte. Seit seinem Amtsantritt im Juni 2016 ist die geschätzte Zahl der von Polizei oder Paramilitärs Getöteten bereits auf über 7000 von Polizei und Vigilanten gestoßen. Diese Morde werden durch Dutertes „Shoot-to-Kill-Politik“ gefördert.

Die Gefängnisse sind überfüllt mit Menschen, die sich nur aus der Angst vor dem Töten selbst anzeigen.  Duterte führt einen Krieg gegen Drogen -  mit einer eklatanter Missachtung des Lebens Anderer und der Menschenrechte. Polizei und Paramilitärs führen seine Befehle aus und ignorieren vorsätzlich das Recht der Menschen auf einen ordnungsgemäßen, fairen Prozess. Duterte ermutigt sowohl die Polizei als auch die Zivilbevölkerung, bei jeden Verdacht auf Drogenhandel oder sogar Drogenkonsum zu töten, was zu zahlreichen Todesfällen führt, einschließlich derjenigen, die zu Unrecht verdächtigt wurden, darunter Kinder und unschuldige Umstehende.
Da die Philippinen eine Unterzeichnerpartei des Römischen Statuts sind, ist der Internationale Strafgerichtshof für Verbrechen gegen die Menschlichkeit, Völkermord, Kriegsverbrechen oder Verbrechen auf seinem Gebiet zuständig. Wir fordern den Internationalen Strafgerichtshof auf, Dutertes Verbrechen gegen die Menschlichkeit zu untersuchen, vor allem dafür, dass er außergerichtlichen Tötungen angeordnet und unterstützt hat, sowohl während seiner Zeit als Bürgermeister von Davao City und nun als Präsident der Philippinen. Der philippinische Senat hat eine Untersuchung über diese außergerichtlichen Tötungen begonnen, aber ist nicht in der Lage, eine wirksame und unparteiische Untersuchung durchzuführen. … Die Mehrheit der Senatoren im Justizkomitee sind Unterstützer des Präsidenten selbst, und das verspricht nicht einen unvoreingenommenen Blick auf die aktuelle Situation, in der das Land sich befindet. Darüber hinaus hat Duterte gedroht, das Kriegsrecht zu erklären, wenn die philippinische Justiz seinen Krieg gegen Drogen beeinträchtigt. Die Menschen der Philippinen verdienen Gerechtigkeit. Ihr Recht auf Leben, Freiheit und Sicherheit der Person mussdie wiederhergestellt und nicht länger bedroht werden. Als unparteiisches Gremium fordern wir den Internationalen Strafgerichtshof auf, diese Tötungen zu untersuchen und ggf. zu verfolgen.
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