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  1. Fixing a broken system

    • Juan Carlos Garzón Vergara
    30 December 2014
    Report

    Despite efforts by governments in Latin America, illicit drugs continue to provide one of the largest incomes for criminal organizations, enabling them to penetrate and corrupt political and social institutions.

  2. A breakthrough in the making?

    • Amira Armenta, Pien Metaal, Martin Jelsma
    25 June 2012

    Remarkable drug policy developments are taking place in Latin America. This is not only at the level of political debate, but is also reflected in actual legislative changes in a number of countries. All in all there is an undeniable regional trend of moving away from the ‘war on drugs’. This briefing ex­plains the background to the opening of the drug policy debate in the region, summa­rises the most relevant aspects of the on­going drug law reforms in some countries, and makes a series of recommendations that could help to move the debate forward in a productive manner.

     

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    Un proceso en ciernes

    • Amira Armenta, Pien Metaal, Martin Jelsma
    25 June 2012

    dlr21sEl debate político sobre las drogas en Amé­rica Latina está dando pasos notorios. Los cambios legislativos que están introdu­ciendo varios de los países de la región revelan tam­bién una tendencia innegable a alejarse de la “guerra contra las drogas”. Este informe ex­plica los antecedentes de la apertura del de­bate sobre las políticas de drogas en la región, resume los aspectos más relevantes de las reformas a las leyes de drogas que actual­mente cursan en algunos países y propone una serie de recomenda­ciones de políticas que podrían ayudar a avanzar el debate de manera productiva.

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  4. Reimagining Drug Policy in the Americas

    27 June 2014

    Latin America is now at the vanguard of international efforts to promote drug policy reform: Bolivia has rewritten its constitution to recognize the right to use the coca leaf for traditional and legal purposes, Uruguay has become the first nation in the world to adopt a legal, regulated Cannabis market, and Colombia, Mexico, Guatemala, and Ecuador are openly critiquing the prevailing international drug control paradigm at the UN. And now with the United States itself relaxing its marijuana laws state by state, the U.S. prohibitionist drug war strategies are losing credibility in the region.

     

  5. Consertando um sistema falido

    • Juan Carlos Garzón Vergara
    28 December 2014
    Policy briefing

    Apesar dos esforços dos governos latino-americanos, as drogas ilícitas continuam a representar uma das maiores fontes de receita para as organizações criminosas, lhes permitindo penetrar instituições políticas e sociais corruptas. As organizações criminosas exploram as vulnerabilidades do Estado e tiram proveito da incapacidade dos governos de garantir a segurança de seus cidadãos. Com poucas exceções, a fraca capacidade dos governos latino-americanos se reflete em altos índices de homicídios, níveis notórios de impunidade, e o sentimento de desconfiança que os cidadãos alimentam sobre as instituições judiciárias e policiais.

  6. Where Is Brazil in the Global Drug Debate?

    Ilona Szabo
    12 April 2012
    Other news

    At the upcoming Summit of the Americas, President Dilma has an unprecedented opportunity to contribute to building a new architecture for global drug policy. She can make a decisive break with the past. A new approach would emphasize public health, social justice and cultures of peace rather than repression, enforcement and war. If Brazil is to consolidate its international legitimacy and position as promoter of human rights, it needs to adopt more humane policies back home.

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    Carta abierta a los Ministras y Ministros responsables de la seguridad pública de las Américas

    25 November 2013
    Press release

    Las organizaciones defensoras de los derechos humanos firmantes, nos dirigimos a Ustedes en ocasión de esta IV Reunión de Ministros en Materia de Seguridad Pública de las Américas (MISPA) para dar seguimiento al llamado hecho a los gobiernos de la región en ocasión de la XLIII Asamblea General de la OEA del pasado mes de junio, de hacer una revisión de la orientación de las políticas de drogas que vienen llevándose adelante en las Américas.

    La carta en PDF con la lista de firmantes

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    Open letter to Ministers Responsible for Public Security in the Americas

    25 November 2013
    Press release

    We, the undersigned human rights organizations, address you on this Fourth Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Public Security (MISPA) to follow up on the call upon governments to revise the orientation of drug policies that are being implemented in the Americas. This request for the governments took place during the 43rd Session of the OAS General Assembly which took place last June.

    Read the letter (PDF) and see the signatories

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    Drogas: um novo olhar

    Ilona Szabó de Carvalho e Pedro Abramovay
    08 January 2015
    Other news

    Não se falou em política de drogas nos debates do segundo turno das eleições presidenciais. O Brasil, de modo atípico, tem ficado para trás. O custo do atraso é claro: temos o mais alto número de homicídios do mundo e somos o terceiro maior encarcerador do planeta. Enquanto isso, drogas estão mais baratas e acessíveis e o consumo só faz aumentar. Essa política fracassou. E é possível mudar. (Governo descarta debater liberação das drogas, diz Cardozo)

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    Consumo y consumidores de drogas con Catalina Pérez Correa

    14 April 2015

    CatalinaPrezCon el apoyo de Editorial Fontamara dialogamos con Catalina Pérez Correa sobre el libro "Consumo, consumidores de drogas y las respuestas estatales en América Latina" obra donde participan los integrantes del Colectivo de Estudios Drogas y Derecho (CEDD) un equipo multinacional de investigadores con el propósito de analizar el impacto en materia de drogas controladas.

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  11. More South America teens using cocaine: Report

    04 May 2015
    Other news

    The Organization of American States' (OAS) latest drug consumption report highlights shifting trends in drug use among youths in the Western Hemisphere. One noteworthy trend is changing cocaine consumption among high school students in South America, when compared to the United States -- the region's largest overall drug consumer. While cocaine use among US high school students has declined since peaking in 1998, consumption in South America has increased, most notably in Argentina and Uruguay, and less so in other nations like Chile and Brazil.