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Foreign governments are keeping noticeably quiet as the Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte is leading one of the world’s bloodiest anti-drug campaigns. (The Guardian, UK, 05.01.2017)


Budi Waseso, head of the National Narcotics Agency, said they are cooperating with the military to combat drug menace. (IBT, 21.12.2016)


Obama’s drug war legacy is underappreciated. But it now hangs in the balance — thanks to Trump. (vox.com, 19.12.2016)


Das UN-Hochkommissariat für Menschenrechte hat Ermittlungen gegen den philippinischen Präsidenten, Rodrigo Duterte, gefordert. Er habe zugegeben, Menschen getötet zu haben. (Tagesspiegel, 20.12.2016)


The war on drugs creates massive costs, resulting from an enforcement-led approach that puts organised crime in control of the trade.

It is time to count these costs and explore the alternatives, using the best available evidence, to deliver a safer, healthier and more just world.


President Rodrigo Duterte defends law enforcers from allegations of human rights abuses during police operations. (Al Jazeera, 13.12.2016)


Colombia's Farc rebel group expels commanders who rejected the peace deal with the government. (BBC, 15.12.2016)


The Philippines president says he shot dead three men, hours after a spokesman denied the claims. (BBC, 16.12.2016)


More than 1,000 people have been killed every month during the first six months of Duterte’s term. (Al Jazeera, 16.12.2016)


Große Mengen an Gewehren und Pistolen verkauft: Eine US-Schwesterfirma des deutschen Rüstungskonzerns Sig Sauer liefert nach Mexiko. (die tageszeitung, 14.12.2016)


Duterte says he used to patrol Davao city on a motorbike when he was the mayor looking to confront drug pushers. (ibtimes.co.uk, 14.12.2016)


The EU’s law enforcement agency, Europol, has publicised details of an ongoing strategic initiative countering drug trafficking in the Mediterranean: Operation Rose of the Winds. (talkingdrugs.org, UK, 12.12.2016)


Widely supported at first, former president's strategies came to be heavily criticised as casualty figures rose. (aljazeera.com, 11.12.2016)


Inside President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal antidrug campaign in the Philippines, our photojournalist documented 57 homicide victims over 35 days. (New York Times, 07.12.2016, Photographs and Text by DANIEL BEREHULAK)


Philippine drug war and impending public health crisis

Macarayan, Erlyn et al.

The Lancet , Volume 388 , Issue 10062 , 2870


The President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, has used his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech to call for the world to "rethink" the war on drugs. (BBC, 11.12.2016)


The Philippines Congress is fast-tracking a bill to reinstate the death penalty before the Christmas break starting on 16 December 2016.

We have drafted a letter to members of Congress urging them not to pass the bill. (IDCP,01.12.2016)


(...) a troubling picture of the profile of those being targeted is emerging. (BBC, 03.12.2016)


Raffy Lerma is a photo-journalist documenting the nightly killings in the Philippines' government's war on drugs. (BBC, 04.12.2016, Video, „The Nightshift, 04:48)


Amid a 10-year crackdown on cartels, the drug trade continues and factions have splintered – leaving Sinaloa and CJNG facing off in Colima state. (The Guardian, UK, 28.11.2016)


(...) Justice Minister Paiboon Koomchaya continues to look for a policy that somehow acknowledges both a common disgust with the "war", and the fact that the public is becoming better educated and more tolerant of its actual dangers. (EDITORIAL BANGKOK POST EDITORIAL COLUMN, 22.11.2016)


(...) this unofficial, effectively autonomous state within Myanmar used to be called the Wild Wa, and as the BBC's Jonah Fisher found, drugs, money and the wildlife trade are flourishing. (BBC, 17.11.2016)


Godlee Fiona, Hurley Richard. The war on drugs has failed: doctors should lead calls for drug policy reform BMJ 2016; 355 :i6067


23 October 2016 - Opium production in Afghanistan rose by 43 per cent to 4,800 metric tons in 2016 compared with 2015 levels, according to the latest Afghanistan Opium Survey figures released today by the Afghan Ministry of Counter Narcotics and the UNODC. The area under opium poppy cultivation also increased to 201,000 hectares (ha) in 2016, a rise of 10 per cent compared with 183,000 ha in 2015.

Relations between Washington and Manila deteriorate further over Duterte's policies. (Newsweek, 01.11.2016)

Officials in Manila say data being used to support President Duterte’s anti-drug campaign is flawed. (Reuters Investigates, 18.10.2016)