Brazil's police have completed an operation to clear Rio de Janeiro's biggest slum, Rocinha, of drug gangs. Pacification has been generally welcomed in favelas, where residents have seen a drop in crime.
After a few years of relative peace under the rule of a mafia boss, the Colombian city of Medellín, birthplace of the first great narco-trafficking cartel, has seen violent crime soar once again. The culprits are from a new generation of urban youth specializing in protection rackets, drug…
MEXICO CITY - Former President Vicente Fox suggested Friday that Mexican authorities consider calling on drug cartels for a truce and offering them amnesty, speaking out a day after an apparent cartel attack on a casino killed 52 people.
An increasing number of policy makers worldwide are declaring that the existing approach to drug policies, which focuses on the use of law enforcement, has failed to prevent illicit drug use and supply.
EHRN is organising a parallel event at the Commission on the Status of Women to present recommendations to the Commission on violence against women who use drugs and/or are engaged in sex work in Eurasia.
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.
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…
Concerned by the proliferating number of human rights abuses that occur under the auspices of the war on drugs, the campaign draws attention to drug users, minorities, young people and other people caught in the cross fire. Each month, the page will highlight a different type of human rights…
The Prague Declaration was prepared for the conference 'Urban Drug Policies in the Globalised World' and outlines the key principles on which local policies should be based to promote a health and rights based approach to the drug problem.
By establishing another federal security force made up of elements with primarily military training, la gendarmería, México president Peña Nieto is following in the footsteps of his predecessors to militarize public security in the country.