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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)


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)


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

(Talking Drugs, UK, 14.12.2017)


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)


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)


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)


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)

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


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


Indonesien. Indonesia's Drug Czar is Threatening a Duterte-Style War on Drug Dealers

The head of Indonesia’s National Narcotics Agency (BNN) said Thursday that police should be prepared to shoot suspected drug dealers on the spot. His comments are the latest indication that senior officials in the country favor the sort of extrajudicial approach to suppressing the drug trade underway in the Philippines. (TIME, 20.10.2017)


Afghanistan. Afghan Opium Production Reaches Record High

Afghanistan, the world’s largest producer of opium, has harvested a record crop this year that more than doubled last year’s production, a bad omen for fighting terrorism and organized crime, officials say.

Salamt Azimi, the country’s minister for counter-narcotics, told VOA's Pashto service that insecurity kept the government from implementing poppy eradication programs, leading to a 64 percent jump in land dedicated to the lucrative crop to 340,000 hectares. (Voice of America, 24.10.2017)


Afghan Taliban Awash in Heroin Cash, a Troubling Turn for War

KABUL, Afghanistan — The labs themselves are simple, tucked into nondescript huts or caves: a couple-dozen empty barrels for mixing, sacks or gallon jugs of precursor chemicals, piles of firewood, a press machine, a generator and a water pump with a long hose to draw from a nearby well.

They are heroin refining operations, and the Afghan police and American Special Forces keep running into them all over Afghanistan this year. Officials and diplomats are increasingly worried that the labs’ proliferation is one of the most troubling turns yet in the long struggle to end the Taliban insurgency. (New York Times, 29.10.2017)


Philippinen. Philippines: Police Deceit in ‘Drug War’ Killings - Duterte, Senior Officials Behind Evident Crimes against Humanity

(Manila) – Philippine police are falsifying evidence to justify unlawful killings in a “war on drugs” that has caused more than 7,000 deaths, Human Rights Watch said today in a new report. President Rodrigo Duterte and other senior officials have instigated and incited killings of mostly urban poor in a campaign that could amount to crimes against humanity. (HRW – Human Rights Watch, 02.03.2017)


(...) Until recently the Cauca mountains and the surrounding plains, like many rural areas in Colombia, used to be dominated by the country's biggest guerrilla group the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

But in August, the group gave up the last of its arms as part of a peace accord, signed last year with the Colombian government, ending a war that lasted more than five decades.

While the war with FARC is over, the group's transition to a peaceful political entity has left a power vacuum in much of Colombia's countryside that the government is struggling to fill. (Al Jazeera, 24.10.2017)


Iran’s police force has seized more than 400 tons of illegal drugs since March.

The United Nations says Iran's security forces are making three-quarters of the world’s opium seizures and a quarter of global heroin seizures.

But people there are still able to feed their addiction. (Al Jazeera, 23.10.2017, Video, 02:59)


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)


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)