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USA. Fentanyl is lethal and almost impossible to keep out of the country

Finding a needle in a haystack would be a lot easier. (The Economist, 25.01.2018)


Race & the Drug War (Video)

(7. International Drug Policy Reform Conference - Drug Policy Alliance October 11-14, 2017, USA, Video, Drugreporter, 16.01.2018, 10:13)


The Failed War on Drugs


(New York Times, OPED, 31.12.2017)


On The Hunt For Poppies In Mexico — America's Biggest Heroin Supplier

The mountains looming ahead are legendary in Mexico.

"Whether it was Morelos or Zapata, any figure in Mexican history who needed to escape authorities came here to the mountains of Guerrero," says Lt. Col. Juan Jose Orzua Padilla, the Mexican army spokesman in this region.

Today, it's not revolutionaries skulking through this formidable southern section of the Sierra Madre mountains — it's heroin traffickers. (NPR – National Public Radio, 14.01.2018)


Cannabis: Der neue Krieg gegen das Gras

US-Justizminister Sessions hat der Marihuana-Industrie den Kampf angesagt. Doch mit seinem Versuch, das Geschäft einzudämmen, hat er auch die Befürworter mobilisiert. (Zeit online, 11.01.2018)


Türkei. Turkey minister Soylu tells police to break drug dealers' legs

Turkey's Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu has been criticised for saying police should break the legs of drug dealers who are seen outside schools. (BBC, 04.01.2018)


Kolumbien. Colombia sends 2000 soldiers to port town to curb post-conflict violence

Colombia on Monday sent 2,000 soldiers to Tumaco, the port town that has seen violence skyrocket following a peace deal with the FARC, until last year the country’s largest guerrilla group. (...)

According to the UNODC, the town produces more than 23,000 hectares of the native plant that is the base ingredient for cocaine. This is more than 15% of all the coca grown in Colombia.

Local gangs, regional drug traffickers and at least four illegal armed groups are vying for control over the drug trade after the demobilization of the FARC.

Local coca farmers who want to take part in a crop substitution program have been attacked by the groups that benefit from the drug trade. (colombiareports.com, 08.01.2018)


Iran. Iran's easing of drug laws could halt execution of 5,000 prisoners

Lifting of capital punishment for some drug-trafficking offences set to be applied retrospectively to convicts on death row. (The Guardian, UK, 10.01.2018)


Gewalt in Mexiko: Vertrieben im eigenen Land
Mexikos Regierung ist schwach, und das nutzen Drogenbanden und Paramilitärs. Immer wieder werden Menschen regelrecht aus ihren Dörfern vertrieben. Im Süden des Landes sind derzeit Tausende bei bitterer Kälte auf der Flucht. (tagesschau.de, 04.01.2018) 

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)


Peru. Perú – Monitoreo de Cotivos de Coca 2016

(UNODC, November 2017)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)