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ANPUD statement: The war on drugs is a war on us - June 26th is the reminder

THE WAR ON DRUGS IS A WAR ON US – 26TH JUNE IS THE REMINDER

“People do not lose their human rights because they use or sell drugs”

– UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. (ANPUD – Asian Network of People who use Drugs, 27.06.2018)

http://fileserver.idpc.net/library/26th%20June%202018_WOD%20is%20war%20on%20us.pdf

Mexiko. In bloody drug war, Mexico's new leader may try negotiating

CHILPANCINGO, Mexico (Reuters) - For the past 12 years, Mexico has fought violent drug gangs by deploying thousands of police, soldiers and intelligence officers to crack down on cartels and their leaders. 

If its new president-elect gets his way, however, negotiation may replace the hard-line strategy that critics say has only perpetuated violence. (Reuters, 02.07.2018)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mexico-election-crime/in-bloody-drug-war-mexicos-new-leader-may-try-negotiating-idUSKBN1JS1BP

US supports Colombia’s decision to resume aerial fumigation of coca

The United States government on Thursday reportedly expressed its support for the resumption of the aerial fumigation of coca, the base ingredient for cocaine, in Colombia.

According to Spanish news agency EFE, a spokesperson of the US Department of State said that “the United States believes that all tools must be used to “reverse the sharp increase in cocaine production.” (Colombia Reports, 28.06.2018)

https://colombiareports.com/us-supports-colombias-decision-to-resume-aerial-fumigation-of-coca/

Russland. Russia: Extortionate fine for airing drug legalization interview a repressive act of censorship

Reacting to the huge fine levied on independent Russian online newspaper 7x7for broadcasting an interview in which a politician expressed support for the legalization of drugs, Marie Struthers, Amnesty International’s Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, said: “The extortionate fine imposed on 7x7is ridiculous. This is an act of censorship and a blatant violation of freedom of expression that must be reversed immediately. (amnesty international, London, 21.06.2018)

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/06/russia-extortionate-fine-for-airing-drug-legalization-interview-a-repressive-act-of-censorship/

Kolumbien. Colombia to use drones to fumigate coca leaf with herbicide

Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos on Tuesday authorized the use of drones to fumigate coca leaves at low altitude using the herbicide glyphosate as part of the Andean nation’s battle to eliminate the plant’s use in cocaine production. (Reuters, 27.06.2018)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-colombia-drugs/colombia-to-use-drones-to-fumigate-coca-leaf-with-herbicide-idUSKBN1JM368

Philippinen. Ronald dela Rosa: 'The Rock' behind Duterte's drugs war

It might have fallen away from international headlines, but state-sanctioned drug war killings continue in the Philippines. As the former chief of police tells the BBC's Howard Johnson in Manila, it's provided a cover for anyone wanting to kill with impunity. (BBC, 27.06.2018)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-44598858

Mexiko/Niederlande. Mexican Groups Seek ICC Probe of Drug War Crimes by Military

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Human rights organizations called on International Criminal Court prosecutors Monday to investigate atrocities allegedly committed by the Mexican military in a crackdown on drug crime in the Chihuahua region. (New York Times, 11.06.2018)

https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2018/06/11/world/europe/ap-eu-international-court-mexico.html

Mexiko. Mexico Presidential Frontrunner Proposes Amnesty for Non-Violent Drug Traffickers to Counter Surging Bloodshed

The leading presidential candidate in Mexico’s election says scaling back the country’s militarised drug war could reduce bloodshed. Meanwhile, election candidates are being killed in huge numbers.

Mexico’s election process began in September 2017, with candidates and voters preparing for the country’s general and local elections, which will take place on July 1. The nine months following this declaration have seen widespread violence against politicians, with at least 113 policymakers or candidates being brutally murdered. Some were outspoken against cartel activity, while some were alleged to have been involved with trafficking. (Talking Drugs, UK, 13.06.2018)

https://www.talkingdrugs.org/mexico-drug-war-amnesty-for-traffickers

Philippinen. Duterte Harry's drugs war: how one family was destroyed 

The Filipino president’s brutal war on drugs has led to the killing of thousands of his poorest citizens – including many children. Here one family describe the death of a father and child in the crackdown. (Guardian, UK, 10.06.2018)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/10/rodrigo-duterte-harry-war-on-drugs-manila-murder

Bangla Desh. 188 NGOs call on the United Nations to condemn Bangladesh drug war

Civil society calls on the UN to take action in response to the killing of 130 people suspected of drug dealing by the Bangladeshi police. (IDPC, UK, 06.06.2018)

https://idpc.net/media/press-releases/2018/06/ngos-call-on-the-united-nations-to-condemn-bangladesh-drug-war

Libanon. Lebanon's largest drug bust lines entire football field 

Counter Narcotics Unit seized more than 15,000 kg of hashish. (The National,  UAE, 04.06.2018)

https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/lebanon-s-largest-drug-bust-lines-entire-football-field-1.736899

Afghanistan. Taliban commander orders closure of opium labs in towns and cities 

Recording suggests movement fears local discontent as US airstrikes target facilities in built-up areas

A Taliban commander in the Afghan province of Helmand has ordered all drug labs to be moved out of the urban areas the insurgency controls as US airstrikes targeting the facilities are killing a rising number of civilians, according to a recorded conversation obtained by the Guardian. (The Guardian, UK, 28.05.2018)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/28/taliban-commander-orders-closure-of-opium-labs-in-towns-and-cities

Bangla Desh. War against drugs: Bangladesh police kill 86, arrest 7,000 people since May beginning

Bangladesh police have killed at least 86 people and arrested about 7,000 since launching a crackdown on drug trafficking this month, officials said on Monday, raising fears from rights activists of a Philippines-style war on drugs. (dnaindia.com. 28.05.2018)

http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report-war-against-drugs-bangladesh-police-kill-86-arrest-7000-people-since-may-beginning-2619679

Guatemala. Guatemala’s First Coca Farm Signals Expansion of CentAm ‘Experiments’

The first-of-its-kind discovery of a coca farm in Guatemala may be a sign that drug trafficking groups looking to cut risks and transport costs could be expanding experiments growing drug crops in Central America, a region that has traditionally been used to transit rather than produce drugs. (insightcrime.org, 29.05.2018)

https://www.insightcrime.org/news/brief/guatemala-coca-farm-new-sign-possible-criminal-group-experiments/

Rauschgiftkriminalität in Deutschland gestiegen

Konsum und Handel von Drogen haben in Deutschland zugenommen. Im Zusammenhang mit Cannabis und Kokain wurden die meisten Straftaten begangen. (Spiegel online, 23.05.2018)

http://www.spiegel.de/panorama/justiz/bka-lagebericht-zu-drogen-rauschgiftkriminalitaet-in-deutschland-gestiegen-a-1209100.html

Deutschland. Rauschgiftkriminalität erneut gestiegen

Wiesbaden – Die Rauschgiftkriminalität in Deutschland ist das siebte Jahr in Folge gestiegen. 2017 wurden rund 330.580 Drogendelikte registriert, wie die Bundesdrogenbeauftragte Marlene Mortler (CSU) und der Präsident des Bundeskriminalamts (BKA), Holger Münch, heute in Wiesbaden mitteilten. (aerzteblatt.de, 23.05.2018)

https://www.aerzteblatt.de/nachrichten/95376/Rauschgiftkriminalitaet-erneut-gestiegen

Afghanistan opium survey 2017 - Challenges to sustainable development, peace and security

UNODC und Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Ministry of Counter Narcotics, MCN/NSD, Narcotics Survey Directorate, Mai 2018

http://www.unodc.org/documents/crop-monitoring/Opium-survey-peace-security-web.pdf

Spanien. South of Spain in Grip of Drug Violence

Over the weekend, Spanish police seized more than 900 kilograms of cocaine and 15 tons of hashish, and dismantled an international drug trafficking group. Spanish drug gangs still seem unstoppable despite all this. (OCCRP - Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, 21.05.2018)

https://www.occrp.org/en/daily/8108-south-of-spain-in-grip-of-drug-violence

Bayern. Kokain unter Bananen: LKA macht spektakulären Drogenfund 

Das Bayerische Landeskriminalamt hat den spektakulärsten Ermittlungserfolg in seiner Geschichte präsentiert.

Die Ermittler haben Kokain mit dem illegalen Marktwert von rund 400 Millionen Euro gefunden.

Der Weg des Rauschgifts begann in Ecuador, wo es in Bananenkisten versteckt wurde. (sueddeutsche.de, 16.05.2018)

http://www.sueddeutsche.de/muenchen/drogen-fund-lka-kokain-1.3982842

Afghanistan. Taliban kill dozens of police in western Afghan province

HERAT, Afghanistan. Taliban fighters attacked Afghan bases in the western province of Farah, killing more than 30 police, officials said on Friday, as the insurgents stepped up their offensive in a region with vital opium smuggling routes into neighbouring Iran. (Reuters, 11.05.2018)

http://news.trust.org/item/20180511102444-9lv43/

Philippinen. How Duterte’s war on drugs feeds on his country’s worst fears

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody crackdown on drugs is pushing the country’s most vulnerable people even further towards the margins, says Global Commission on Drugs executive secretary Khalid Tinasti. (South East Asia Globe, 14.05.2018)

http://sea-globe.com/how-dutertes-war-on-drugs-feeds-on-his-countrys-worst-fears/

Philippinen. Philippines Prison Chief Says People Convicted of Minor Drug Possession Should be Executed

The Philippines correctional system chief has said anyone convicted of a drug offence – including personal possession - should be executed, as a bill reintroducing the death penalty gains overwhelming support in the House of Representatives.

Bureau of Corrections Director General Ronald Dela Rosa, who took on the senior role in late April 2018, said that people convicted of any drug offence should go "straight to lethal injection". Dela Rosa specifically noted that this should include people found in possession of small quantities of illegal drugs for personal use (...).

His statement came days after the country’s House of Representatives voted to approve the final reading of a bill that would introduce the death penalty for several drug-related offences, including one drug possessionoffence. (Talking Drugs, UK, 15.05.2018)

https://www.talkingdrugs.org/philippines-prison-chief-drug-possession

Philippinen. President Duterte’s Son Cleared of Drug Trafficking, as Extrajudicial Killings Continue

As the extrajudicial killing of people for alleged drug offences continues in the Philippines, the president’s son has been cleared of trafficking - following a formal investigation. (Talking Drugs, UK, 02.05.2018)

https://www.talkingdrugs.org/duterte-son-cleared-of-drug-trafficking-now

Afghanistan. U.S. Expands Airstrikes on Afghan Opium Labs: Military Justifies Killing Civilians for Alleged Drug Offences

The U.S. is using airstrikes to destroy opium labs, and kill any people who happen to be present in them, as part of its counter-terror military policy in Afghanistan. (Talking Drugs, UK, 11.04.2018)

https://www.talkingdrugs.org/US-airstrikes-civilians-in-afghan-opium-labs

Kolumbien/USA. US Coast Guard Wants to Cut Rising Colombian Drug Trade at its Artery 

Traffickers use Colombia’s rivers that traverse through deep jungles to transport cocaine to ships in the Pacific Ocean. Most of the cocaine, 80 percent, is manufactured in makeshift labs set up within two kilometers of the windy jungle waterways. (OCCRP - The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, 07.05.2018)

https://www.occrp.org/en/daily/8043-us-coast-guard-wants-to-cut-rising-colombian-drug-trade-at-its-artery

Mexiko. Reports: Corruption that Kills: Why Mexico Needs an International Mechanism to Combat Impunity

In 2017, Mexico experienced its deadliest year in two decades, with homicides exceeding 25,000. Despite the many crimes which have been committed in Mexico, however, criminal accountability still remains virtually absent. The extraordinary violence Mexico is experiencing, and the questions it raises about collusion between state actors and organized crime, demand a commensurate response.

This report calls for an international mechanism—based inside the country, but comprised of national and international staff—which would have a mandate to independently investigate and prosecute atrocity crimes and the corrupt acts that enable them. (Open Society Justice Initiative, Mai 2018)

https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/reports/corruption-kills-why-mexico-needs-international-mechanism-combat-impunity

Kolumbien. Colombia misses coca crop substitution target by 40%

Colombia will fall short by 20,000 hectares in substituting illegal coca crops agreed to in a peace deal, according to President Juan Manuel Santos.

The country’s Defense Minister, Luis Carlos Villegas, told media in February last year that his government planned to substitute 50,000 hectares of coca, the base ingredient for cocaine, with legal crops by the end of 2017. (Clombia Reports, 01.05.2018)

https://colombiareports.com/colombia-misses-coca-crop-substitution-target-by-40/

Kolumbien. The battle over Colombia's coca fields (Video)

Despite the 2016 peace deal in Colombia, the country's cocaine trade is still flourishing.

Some blame the government for concentrating too hard on peace, others say that by going clean the Farc rebels have left a vacuum in the trade they once ruled.

Katy Watson visited Colombia's coca fields to hear from the people growing the crop, as well as those trying to stamp it out. (BBC, 19.02.2018, Video, 03:02)

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-latin-america-43815159/the-battle-over-colombia-s-coca-fields

Philippinen. 'I will arrest you': Duterte threatens ICC lawyer over 'war on drugs'

The Philippines leader has hit out at what he calls an international effort to paint him as a "ruthless and heartless violator of human rights". (sbs.com.au, Australien, 13.04.2018)

https://www.sbs.com.au/news/i-will-arrest-you-duterte-threatens-icc-lawyer-over-war-on-drugs

Afghanistan. U.S., Afghan forces expand air strikes on Taliban drug labs

KABUL (Reuters) - American and Afghan forces have expanded their air strikes against drug labs into western Afghanistan, aiming to choke Taliban revenue. (Reuters, 08.04.2018)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-drugs/u-s-afghan-forces-expand-air-strikes-on-taliban-drug-labs-idUSKBN1HF0HQ