In November 2010, Ricardo Soberon, the director of CIDDH, was invited to participate to the Government Plan of one of the Peruvian presidential candidate, in order to design a proposal on drugs and drug trafficking. The evidence and human rights based approach promoted by CIDDH was well received in Peruvian media.
Belgium, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain are the traditional routes for the drug’s entry to the EU, but the International Narcotics Control Board said there had been a recent surge in cases of the UK being used as point of entry.
The South East European Drug Policy Network held its third meeting in Thessaloniki, Greece in March 2011, to share knowledge and experiences from across the region, and identify common problems and key priorities for drug policy advocacy.
Bolivian president Evo Morales has accused the United States and the United Nations of conspiring to defame his government in two drug reports. He said criticism over Bolivia's handling of the war on drugs were part of a strategy to falsely link his government to drug trafficking.
Mexican drug cartels now operate virtually uninhibited in their Central American backyard. U.S.-supported crackdowns in Mexico and Colombia have only pushed traffickers into a region where corruption is rampant, borders lack even minimal immigration control and local gangs provide a ready-made infrastructure for organized crime.
The war on drugs creates massive costs, resulting from the 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 evidence available, to deliver a safer, healthier and more just world.
During the 22nd International Harm Reduction Association’s Annual International Conference in Beirut, Lebanon, activists will unite to show to the world that all human rights must be respected and protected. Participants will stand on one foot on a small square — unable to put down the other foot for fear of prosecution, punishment and death — demonstrating just how little room there is to manoeuvre for those who use illicit drugs.
Brazil has signed an agreement with Bolivia to tackle cocaine production and trafficking in the country. The deal comes weeks after US and UN reports said Bolivia was not doing enough to tackle cocaine production and trafficking. Bolivian President Evo Morales rejected those claims, accusing the US of falsely trying to link his government to drug trafficking.