Latin America has long promoted a war on drugs approach. However, the significant levels of violence, as well as other health and social harms related to repressive drug control have led several countries across the region to call for an open debate on drug policy across the region. Uruguay has moved a step further by legally regulating its cannabis market.
IDPC requests that President Santos ensure that the government respects the peace process, including the crop substitution agreements, support genuine dialogue with local communities and cease forced eradication in areas where such agreements have been signed or are being negotiated.
Human Rights Watch analysis has found that Guatemala’s lack of effort to ensure access to palliative care condemns many patients with pain to needless suffering, with devastating consequences for them and their families.
Processing coca leaves into coca paste is considerably more profitable for farmers than selling unprocessed leaves. However, paste is not covered by the judicial immunity granted as part of the peace deal, leaving farmers with a legal dilemma.
The conference brought together an array of international policy makers to focus on two primary issues; the growing significance of the internet as a platform for illicit drug transactions and the increasing use of synthetic drugs.