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Some 500 officers took part in the operation in an area where crack cocaine has been consumed freely. (BBC, 21.05.2017)


A British prison has become the world's first to use a new system designed to stop drones flying over perimeter walls to drop contraband into jails. (The Telegraph, UK, 16.05.2017)


Ministers and officials from Mekong countries - Cambodia, China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam - and UNODC have come together, in Phnom Penh, to endorse a new strategy to address regional drug challenges. 

The Mekong region has a persistent and evolving drug problem. Alarmingly, production and trafficking of methamphetamine and heroin within and from the region are now estimated to generate over US $40 billion annually, with the latest data showing that the flow of illicit drugs and precursor chemicals continues to rise across all six countries. (UNODC, 11.05.2017)


Cocaine traffickers’ efforts to launder profits by creating agricultural land results in loss of millions of acres, researchers say. (The Guardian, UK, 16.05.2017)


Javier Valdez war in Mexiko bekannt für seine Enthüllungen über Drogenbanden. Nun wurde der Journalist ermordet - er hatte damit gerechnet. (Spiegel online, 16.05.2017)


A Mexican woman who led a search for the disappeared is killed after a gang member escapes from jail. (BBC, 12.05.2017)


(...) The result is a cocaine market so saturated that prices have crashed and unpicked coca leaves are rotting in the fields, according to Luis Carlos Villegas, Colombia’s defence minister. “We’ve never seen anything like it before,” said Villegas.(Washington Post, 08.05.2017)


51 people die on an average day in Mexico's war on drugs. But neither drugs nor drug trafficking are decreasing, while human rights violations have soared. (opendemocracy.net, UK, 07.05.2017)


A Mexican newspaper has closed down following the killing of several journalists, seemingly by drug cartels – highlighting the dangerous and volatile situation for the press in that country.

El Norte de Ciudad Juarez (“El Norte”) - a newspaper based in the state of Chihuahua, which borders the US - published their final printed edition on April 2. The last issue featured a letter titled “¡Adiós!” (Goodbye!), where the publication’s owner, Oscar Cantú, expressed his frustration towards the “punishments from individuals and governments” that journalists have received for highlighting “their wrongful practices and acts of corruption”. (Talking Drugs, UK, 03.05.2017)


Arley Lopez, a Colombian, was seized on Wednesday by Farc gunmen in southern Guaviare province, where he was working to switch coca for legal crops. (The Guardian, 04.05.2017)


Ein ehemaliger Polizist will im Auftrag des philippinischen Staatsoberhauptes gemordet haben. Lange leugnete er die Taten, jetzt packt er aus. Seitdem ist er auf der Flucht vor Rodrigo Duterte. (faz.net, 20.04.2017)


Ein philippinischer Anwalt hat beim ICC Beschwerde gegen Präsident Duterte eingelegt. Wegen Mordes und Verbrechen gegen die Menschlichkeit.

Darum geht es: Der philippinische Präsident Rodrigo Duterte soll Morde angeordnet und Verbrechen gegen die Menschlichkeit begangen haben. Die Vorwürfe betreffen Dutertes frühere Zeit als Bürgermeister von Davao, aber auch der Zeit seit Juli 2016, in der er Präsident des Landes ist. Die beim Internationalen Strafgerichtshof in Den Haag (ICC) vom philippinischen Anwalt Jude Sabio eingereichte Beschwerdeschrift umfasst 77 Seiten. (philippinenmagazin.de, 25.04.2017)


The father of 2015 Miss World Philippines has become the latest victim in a war on drugs that has claimed over 8000 lives since president Rodrigo Duterte took power last year.(The Telegraph, UK, 24.04.2017)


A Filipino lawyer has asked The Hague’s International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Netherlands to charge the president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, and 11 other officials with mass murder and crimes against humanity over the killings of thousands over the past three decades. (Newsweek, 24.04.2017)


A Filipino lawyer asked the International Criminal Court in The Hague to prosecute President Rodrigo Duterte and 11 other Philippine officials over the killings of thousands of people over three decades. (The New York Times, 24.04.2017)


New hit squad set to tackle rising number of incidents while prisons minister vows to put people orchestrating drop-offs ‘behind bars’.

A special unit has been set up in an attempt to crack down on a surge in the number of drones smuggling drugs and mobile phones into prisons in England and Wales. (The Guardian, 17.04.2017)


When the Obama administration launched a sweeping policy to reduce harsh prison sentences for nonviolent drug offenders, rave reviews came from across the political spectrum. Civil rights groups and the Koch brothers praised Obama for his efforts, saying he was making the criminal justice system more humane. (Washington Post, 08.04.2017)


Seven Albanian drug trafficking suspects were arrested after authorities chased their speedboat for nearly 22 hours across the Mediterranean Sea in a movie-like operation involving high speed boats, helicopters and planes. (ORCCP, 12.04.2017)


The Drug Enforcement Administration takes billions of dollars in cash from people who are never charged with criminal activity, according to a report issued today by the Justice Department's Inspector General. (Washington Post, 29.03.2017)


A growing gang war over drugs is fuelling bloodshed in Brazil's neglected and overcrowded prisons. (Al Jazeera, 27.03.2017)



Vice President Leni Robredo of the Philippines, opposition leader and a critic of the killings, presented a video at a side event at the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs meeting in Vienna.

Leni Robredo, Vice President of the Philippines, delivered this video address opposing the extrajudicial killings taking place under the Duterte administration. The video is to be played at "Human Rights Challenge: Responding to Extrajudicial Killings in the Drug War," a side session organized by the UN-accredited NGO DRCNet Foundation (popularly known as "StoptheDrugWar.org") for the 60th UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs annual meeting. The session will take Thursday, March 16, 2017. (stopthedrugwar.org), 13.03.2017, Video, 05:51)


The attorney general of Mexico's Pacific coast state of Nayarit, hard hit by drug cartel violence in recent years, has been arrested in San Diego on U.S. narcotics trafficking conspiracy charges, federal officials said on Wednesday. (Reuters, 29.03.2017)


The number of people being arrested for drug trafficking has reached an unprecedented level in Nepal, suggesting the country may be becoming a regional drug transit hub. (Talking Drugs, UK, 28.03.2017)


US-Grenzer ließen einen 16-Jährigen Metamphetamin trinken. Kurz darauf war er tot. Jetzt zahlen die USA der Familie eine Million Dollar. (taz.de, 24.03.2017)


Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody crackdown on the drug trade has made global headlines. But less well publicised is the country's urgent need for rehabilitation facilities. (BBC, 20.03.2017)


Metro Manila. Vice President Leni Robredo said targets of police anti-drug operations are beaten if they ask for a search warrant or, worse, have their relatives snatched as collateral if they go into hiding.

In a YouTube video for the annual meeting of the 60th United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs on March 16, Robredo revealed incidents of alleged abuse in the Duterte administration's war on drugs.  (CNN Philippines, 15.03.2017)