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Colombia's War on Drugs fails in Cordoba, Guaviare, and Cauca

08 June 2010

The Colombian departments of Cordoba, Guaviare, and Cauca saw significant increases in coca cultivation in 2009, although national production dropped 16%,  El Tiempo reported Tuesday. According to a forthcoming United Nations report, coca production in the northern department of Cordoba rose from 1,710 to 2,700 hectares, a 58% increase, after… Read more

A Worrying Front in the War on Drugs

06 June 2010

This article by Patrick Gallahue in the Guardian's Comment is Free is based on his article published last month in the International Yearbook on Human Rights and Drug Policy . Last year, the US embarked on a controversial and ill-advised strategy for dealing with the Afghan drug trade. It placed 50 traffickers with links to the Taliban on a… Read more

Why the Vietnamese Don't Want to Go to Rehab

28 May 2010

Why the Vietnamese Don't Want to Go to Rehab: Drug treatment in Southeast Asia is brutal, exploitative, and practically worthless By Joe Amon, Human Rights Watch (Published in Foreign Policy , 28 May 2010) Excerpt This month, nearly 600 drug addicts broke out of a rehabilitation center in the northern Vietnamese city of Haiphong. The… Read more

Children in the Line of Fire in Ciudad Juárez

10 May 2010

Excerpt from a story published by Inter Press Service News Agency on May 10, 2010. CIUDAD JUÁREZ, Mexico, May 10, 2010 (IPS)   In Ciudad Juárez, the most violent city in Latin America, Mexico's war on drugs has left at least 110 children dead in the past three years, and over 10,000 have lost parents. Civil society organisations are… Read more

Children's Voices: Experiences and Perceptions of European Children on Drug and Alcohol Issues

01 May 2010

The European Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drug Addiction has launched a thematic paper on the perspectives of children affected by drugs and alcohol use and policies. The launch coincides with international children's day, June 1st. It is an important contribution and one delivered very much in the spirit of the UN Convention on the Rights of… Read more

Skin on the Cable: The Illegal Arrest, Arbitrary Detention and Torture of People Who Use Drugs in Cambodia, Human Rights Watch (2010)

25 January 2010

The Illegal Arrest, Arbitrary Detention and Torture of People Who Use Drugs in Cambodia In this 93-page report Human Rights Watch documents detainees being beaten, raped, forced to donate blood, and subjected to painful physical punishments such as "rolling like a barrel" and being chained while standing in the sun. Human Rights Watch also… Read more

Thailand: Convictions of Police in Drug Campaign Abuse a ‘First Step’

14 December 2009

Excerpt from a story originally published by Human Rights Watch on December 14, 2009 The conviction of eight police officers for crimes in anti-drug operations should be a catalyst for the Thai government to end police abuses, Human Rights Watch said today. On December 8, 2009, the Talingchan district court in Bangkok found Police Captain… Read more

Trinidad and Tobago and Belize propose the inclusion of the Crime of International Drug Trafficking in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, ICC (2009)

29 October 2009

The proposal, presented in the lead up to next year's Review Conference in Uganda, would place "The crime of international drug trafficking" alongside genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and crimes of aggression. It does not, however, have much support from States parties to the ICC and is unlikely to go forward for review. It is… Read more

Human Rights Council Resolution supporting Harm Reduction, Human Rights Council (2009) PDF document

25 September 2009

Resolution adopted by the Human Rights Council at its 12th regular session specifically supporting harm reduction measures in both preambular and operational paragraphs. This is the first time harm reduction has been explicitly supported by the Council. It had not been endorsed at the former Commission on Human Rights. Human Rights Council Res… Read more

The War on Drugs has Failed. Now we need a more Humane Strategy

06 September 2009

Excerpt from a commentary by  Former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso, published in   The Observer , 6 September 2009. It is time to admit the obvious. The "war on drugs" has failed, at least in the way it has been waged so far. In Latin America, the "unintended" consequences have been disastrous. Thousands of people have lost… Read more

The Needle and the Damage Done

24 June 2009

Excerpt from a commentary by Damon Barrett published in The Guardian, June 24, 2009. The World Drug Report shows we cannot tackle the drug trade without dealing with development justice and human rights  Friday is World Drug Day, intended "to inspire people to act against drug abuse and trafficking." Yesterday, to mark the event, the UN… Read more

Letter from UN Special Rapporteurs on Health and on Torture to the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs, Manfred Nowak & Anand Grover (2008) PDF document

10 December 2008

In this letter to the Chairperson of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) dated 10 December 2008, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment ,  Professor Manfred Nowak, and  Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of… Read more

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