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    Hoja de coca y racismo

    Rodrigo Uprimny Yepes
    31 January 2011

    mascar-cocaEs una lástima que tres democracias, que en muchos aspectos son admirables, como Estados Unidos, Suecia y el Reino Unido, se opongan a la propuesta de Bolivia de legalizar internacionalmente la masticación de la hoja de coca o mambeo.

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    Presidente recomienda a la JIFE consumir coca

    19 March 2013
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    El presidente Evo Morales recomendó a la Junta Internacional de Fiscalización de Estupefacientes (JIFE) consumir la hoja de coca para que sean “más inteligentes” y “para que su trabajo sea más eficientes”. El Mandatario dijo que la lucha contra las drogas en Bolivia es más eficiente, por lo que no necesita de bases militares ni el control de la Agencia Antinarcóticos de Estados Unidos (DEA) para reducir las plantaciones de coca, principal elemento para la elaboración de cocaína.

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    Hoja de coca: inmigrante clandestina

    Pablo de Llano
    11 September 2011
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    La hoja de coca, una planta prohibida por la ONU, es ilegal en España. Inofensiva según estudios científicos, pero catalogada como estupefaciente. Este estimulante natural, ingrediente base de la cocaína, se vende en puntos de Madrid. Es un comercio ilegal que conocen pocos y se practica con discreción.

  4. Let Me Chew My Coca Leaves

    Evo Morales Ayma
    14 March 2009
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    In 1961, the United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs placed the coca leaf in the same category with cocaine — thus promoting the false notion that the coca leaf is a narcotic — and ordered that “coca leaf chewing must be abolished within 25 years from the coming into force of this convention.” Bolivia signed the convention in 1976, during the brutal dictatorship of Col. Hugo Banzer, and the 25-year deadline expired in 2001. Mistakes are an unavoidable part of human history, but sometimes we have the opportunity to correct them. It is time for the international community to reverse its misguided policy toward the coca leaf.

  5. Bolivia to defend coca leaf at UN

    10 March 2008
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    Bolivian officials at a conference on illegal drugs in Vienna are planning to ask the UN to remove the coca plant from its list of dangerous drugs. The UN's International Narcotics Control Board has called on Bolivia to ban coca chewing, and the use of the plant in products such as tea. Bolivia says such a ban would be an attack on its culture.

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    Let Me Chew My Coca Leaves

    Evo Morales Ayma
    14 March 2009
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    evo-morales-coca-unIn 1961, the United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs placed the coca leaf in the same category with cocaine — thus promoting the false notion that the coca leaf is a narcotic — and ordered that “coca leaf chewing must be abolished within 25 years from the coming into force of this convention.” Bolivia signed the convention in 1976, during the brutal dictatorship of Col. Hugo Banzer, and the 25-year deadline expired in 2001. Mistakes are an unavoidable part of human history, but sometimes we have the opportunity to correct them. It is time for the international community to reverse its misguided policy toward the coca leaf.

  7. Bolivia defends coca consumption at U.N. meeting

    11 March 2012
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    Bolivian President Evo Morales defended Bolivians' right to chew coca leaves, the main ingredient of cocaine, on Monday, saying it was an ancient radition and the world's No. 3 cocaine producer was working to fight drug trafficking. Holding up a coca leaf to help underline his message at a United Nations anti-drugs meeting in Vienna, the leftist leader, a former coca leaf farmer, said coca leaf producers were not "drug dealers" and it was not the same as cocaine.

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    Bolivia aguarda que ONU levante veto a la coca

    10 January 2011
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    El gobierno boliviano espera que hasta el próximo 31 de enero la ONU se pronuncie a favor de levantar el veto que desde 1961 impuso al masticado de coca, una práctica ancestral entre los indígenas de Bolivia. El canciller David Choquehuanca dijo el lunes que el último día de enero vence el plazo a una enmienda que presentó el presidente Evo Morales a finales de 2008 al artículo 49 de la Convención sobre Estupefacientes de 1961 que penaliza a la coca por ser materia prima de la cocaína.

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    Iberoamericana: Hoja de coca, patrimonio de Bolivia y Perú

    29 October 2011
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    La XXI Cumbre Iberoamericana aprobó el sábado un comunicado que declara a la hoja de coca como patrimonio natural de Bolivia y Perú. La propuesta había sido hecha originalmente por el presidente boliviano Evo Morales, pero sólo mencionaba a su país. Cuando la moción se puso en consideración, el canciller peruano Ricardo Rocangliolo solicitó que se incorporara también a Perú en la declaración.

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    Bolivia to withdraw from drugs convention over coca classification

    Mattia Cabitza in La Paz
    24 June 2011
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    Bolivia is set to withdraw from an international narcotics convention in protest at its classification of coca leaves as an illegal drug. President Evo Morales, who is also the leader of one of the country's main coca producers' unions, has asked Congress to pass a law that would take Bolivia out of the 1961 United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs. The government says that the convention contravenes the Bolivian constitution, which states that the country is obliged to preserve and protect the chewing of coca leaves as a cultural heritage and ancestral practice.

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    Evo: En 2012 se logrará despenalizar la coca

    26 December 2011
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    morales-huayna-picchuEl presidente Evo Morales vaticinó ayer que 2012 será el año en que en la Organización de las Naciones Unidas (ONU) se ganará la batalla de despenalización de la hoja de coca, logrando con esto que el pijcheo o acullico sea reconocido como de uso tradicional de los países andinos. El Mandatario comentó el hecho a propósito del cada vez mayor reconocimiento internacional que hoy se hace a la quinua, antes vista como “alimento del indio”, pero hoy apreciada por su valor nutritivo. “Son pasos importantes que damos y hacemos historia”, agregó el gobernante.

  13. Bolivia, the coca leaf and the right to reserve

    Pien Metaal
    02 January 2012
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    Just before ending 2011, Bolivia presented the formal notification to the United Nations secretariat in New York, announcing their re-adherence to the 1961 UN Single Convention, including a reservation on the use of coca leaf in its natural form, such as coca chewing and infusions. This step was expected to happen, after Bolivia withdrew in June 2011 from the Treaty in an attempt to reconcile its international obligations with its 2008 Constitution. From the day the re-adherence was received in New York, according to the procedure and established practice, it will take 30 days for Bolivia to again become a full member of the 1961 Convention. In other words, on January 28, 2012, the re-adherence will be a fact.

  14. "Let Me Chew My Coca Leaves"

    15 March 2009
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    The first day at the Commission on Narcotic Drugs was marked by the announcement of President Evo Morales of Bolivia that he would start the process to remove the coca leaf from the 1961 Single Convention as well as the suspension of the paragraphs of that convention that prohibit the traditional chewing of coca leaf. Holding up a coca leaf in front of delegates at the UN summit on drugs he underlined his demand.

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    Coca chewing out of the UN convention?

    01 March 2010

    This briefing offers some background on the issue to amend the UN Single Convention towards a more coherent and realistic stance on the ancient tradition of coca leaf chewing. The issue was raised by Bolivia and adopted at the July 2009 ECOSOC meeting. Noticing confusion amongst some countries about the motives and impact of such amendment, this briefing aims to shed some light on the case.   

     

  16. Bolivia wins a rightful victory on the coca leaf

    11 January 2013
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    Today the Plurinational State of Bolivia can celebrate a rightful victory, as the country can become formally a party again to the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, but without being bound by its unjust and unrealistic requirement that “coca leaf chewing must be abolished.” This represents the successful conclusion of an arduous process in which Bolivia has sought to reconcile its international treaty obligations with its 2009 Constitution, which obliges upholding the coca leaf as part of Bolivia’s cultural patrimony.

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    Bolivia obtiene una merecida victoria respecto a la hoja de coca

    11 January 2013
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    Hoy, el Estado Plurinacional de Bolivia puede celebrar una merecida victoria, ya que el país vuelve a integrarse formalmente a la Convención Única de 1961 sobre Estupefacientes, pero sin estar atado a su injusto e irrealista requerimiento de que la “masticación de hoja de coca quedará prohibida”. Ello representa la exitosa conclusión de un arduo proceso en el cual Bolivia ha tratado de reconciliar sus obligaciones correspondientes a tratados internacionales, con su Constitución promulgada en 2009, la cual le obliga a defender la hoja de coca como parte del patrimonio cultural del país.

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    JIFE resalta reducción de coca, pero critica defensa de la hoja

    Susan Schaefer
    06 March 2013
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    La ONU reconoce los logros alcanzados por Bolivia mediante su estrategia antidrogas, especialmente la reducción de los cultivos ilícitos de coca, que en 2011 fue del 12% respecto a 2010. Pero a pesar de estos progresos, la Junta Internacional de Fiscalización de Estupefacientes (JIFE) en su informe anual 2012, resalta sus serias reticencias a la actuación de Bolivia respecto a la Convención de 1961 cuando la denunció y se salió de ella, para volver a adherirse este año con una reserva respecto a la coca.

  19. Bolivia’s Morales wants UN to lift ban on chewing coca leaves in 2012

    26 December 2011
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    Bolivian President Evo Morales believes that in 2012 the United Nations will finally agree that chewing of coca leaves is a legal ancient tradition of all people living in the Andes. Bolivia signed an agreement with the United Nations in 1961 that gave the country 25 years to eradicate the growing of coca. “I am convinced that next year we will win this international ‘fight’ for the recognition of chewing coca leaves as a tradition of peoples in Latin America, living in the Andes,” Morales said in an interview

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    El canciller boliviano defiende el derecho de su pueblo a mascar coca

    08 February 2012
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    david-choquehuanca3El canciller boliviano, David Choquehuanca, defendió hoy en Madrid el derecho de su pueblo a "acullicar" (mascar) coca, una práctica ancestral que es parte de sus raíces culturales, y agregó que, "así como una planta sin raíces se muere, un pueblo que no defiende su cultura está destinado a perecer".

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