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.
The UN special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples reports that drug cartels in Mexico are using indigenous children as a tool in their larger fight against the authorities to maintain control of the drug supply chain.
A broad coalition of patients, health professionals, researchers and experts in public health underscored that eliminating viral hepatitis will not take place unless people who use drugs have effective access to prevention and treatment services.
The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) will convene three panels of leading human rights defenders, security analysts, and practitioners from the United States and Colombia to discuss the accords and to address questions surfacing from former conflict zones, Bogota, and the international community.
This conference aims to bring together a group of researchers who have done historical and ethnographic research on the modalities and effects of drug regulation and prohibition in the Americas as well as on the social violence related