The TNI Drug Law Reform Project promotes more effective and humane drug policies through dialogue and up-to-date analysis of developments in the region.The project was created amidst growing evidence that the decades long “War on Drugs” has failed. Current international drug control policies have not decreased drug consumption, curbed the planting of crops destined for the illicit market, or curtailed the expanding drug trade. Instead, they have marginalized drug users who are pushed out of reach of treatment programs, repressed farmers who may have no other means of survival, and overwhelmed criminal justice systems. Such policies have targeted users and small-scale traffickers, while large-scale criminal organizations have remained unrestrained.
Many countries in the region – most recently Mexico – have decriminalized small amounts of drugs for personal use. The moves have followed decisions by left-leaning governments to limit cooperation with the US in recent years.
Tom Kramer (1968) is a political scientist with 25-years of working experience on Myanmar and its border regions, which he has visited regularly since 1993. He first specialised in analysing ethnic conflict in Myanmar and the role of civil society to promote change. ...
The Drug War has failed. After more than 20 years of tirelessly pushing for the same policy, the efforts have not been able to bring the expanding illicit drug markets under control and instead have led to an unmanageable crisis in the judicial and penitentiary systems, human rights violations, the consolidation of criminal networks and the marginalization of drug users who are pushed out of reach of health care services. For these reasons, some Latin American countries are starting to explore a more effective and honest drug policy.
The organisation of Ricardo Vargas, who has been working with TNI since the beginning of the programme on issues of drugs and conflict in Colombia, alternative development, fumigations and coca cultivation.
The Centre for Research on Drugs and Human Rights (CIDDH) is a Civil Association based in Lima, Peru. Its main objectives are the promotion of debate and implementation of legal reform in drug control in Latin America.CIDDH’s board is composed of four experts with extensive experience in public policy in drug control. The CIDDH has close ties with the Transnational Institute (TNI) and the...
WOLA is TNI's long standing partner for work in Latin America. TNI been working with WOLA since the start of the programme and are currently working together to organise the informal policy dialogues in Latin America and a project on drug law reform in Latin America.