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  1. A Small Case in Spain Is a Big Victory for Smarter Drug Policy

    04 May 2017
    Article

    The legal approach to coca has been one of the most challenging topics in the current international drug control system, due to the plant’s connection to both commercial cocaine and ancient Andean traditions. Yet it’s rare for a case related to the coca leaf to come before a European court, in a region where those traditions are rarely discussed.

  2. Some Arab governments are rethinking harsh cannabis laws

    12 April 2017
    In the media

    The Economist - In much of the Middle East and north Africa, where the law often lumps pot in with harder drugs, possession of a single joint can lead to jail. But some governments are acknowledging the harmful effects of their policies and thinking about reform.

  3. Southeast Asian advocacy fellowship program on drug policy reform

    28 March 2017
    Article

    We are calling for applications from those working in sectors related to drug policy in order to increase their understanding of international drug policy reform issues, to improve their advocacy skills, and to enhance their capacity in working with the media on drug policy.

  4. Absolution in a judicial case of coca leaf in Spain

    23 March 2017
    Press release

    The legal victory in a small Spanish city is a great step for the legitimacy of the use of coca leaf, an ancestral practice that today has been recognized by a Spanish court

  5. Kriminalisasi ganja di Indonesia lebih banyak menimbulkan dampak buruk dibandingkan dampak positif

    Dania Putri, Tom Blickman
    09 March 2017
    Article

    Also available in English

    Penyebaran ganja sintetis tidak akan berhenti selama ganja masih berstatus ilegal. Langkah yang lebih tepat adalah perancangan regulasi untuk konsumsi dan produksi ganja.

  6. Criminalizing cannabis in Indonesia might do more harm than good

    Dania Putri, Tom Blickman
    09 March 2017
    Article

    Tersedia juga dalam Bahasa Indonesia

    Synthetic cannabinoids will continue to spread as long as cannabis remains illegal. A better approach would be to develop a regulatory framework for the use and production of natural cannabis.

  7. Drugs and bullets in Myanmar

    08 February 2017
    In the media

    As more people in Kachin fall victim to drug abuse, Christian group Pat Jasan is taking matters into its own hands.

  8. Rodrigo Duterte: A Fascist Original

    Walden Bello
    19 January 2017
    Article

    Despite his bloody reign, Duterte remains popular, with the latest domestic poll giving him a trust rating of “excellent.” What makes Duterte tick? What drives many of his admirers to exclaim that they’re ready to die for him?

  9. Statement of Kachin State drug users

    15 December 2016
    Declaration

    Drug users from Kachin came together last November to discuss the challenges and difficulties they experience and identify possible solutions to their problems. Read their statement and recommendations. 

  10. The Farmer's voice at UNGASS

    28 October 2016
    Multi-media
  11. UNGASS 2016: in de Weense houdgreep

    Pien Metaal
    13 October 2016
    Article
  12. A failing drug war triggers new approach in Thailand and Myanmar

    06 August 2016
    In the media

    The Straits Times

  13. Call to United Nations to take immediate action on the extrajudicial killings in the Philippines

    05 August 2016
    Press release

    Civil society groups from across the globe, including prominent human rights NGOs, have called on UN drug control authorities to urge an immediate stop to the extrajudicial killings of suspected drug offenders in the Philippines. Since 10th May 2016, more than 700 people have been killed by police and vigilantes in the Philippines for being suspected of using or dealing drugs, as a direct result of recently-elected President Duterte’s campaign to eradicate crime within six months.

  14. The opium bulbs of Myanmar: drug crop or lifeline for poor farmers?

    22 June 2016
    In the media

    The Guardian - Rural development programmes to wean poppy farmers off their illicit crop contend with lack of roads, water and power in remote areas plagued by militias

  15. New Report Offers Strategies for Regulating Cannabis in Ways that Uphold and Modernize International Law

    16 June 2016
    Press release

    As an increasing number of jurisdictions consider whether and how to legalize and regulate access to cannabis, tensions are growing between these initiatives and countries’ obligations under the UN drug control conventions. A groundbreaking new report produced by a coalition of legal and drug policy experts offers strategies for countries exploring regulatory approaches to cannabis to do so in ways that ensure that their domestic reforms align with their international legal obligations.

  16. Region's harsh drug policy slammed by experts

    05 May 2016
    In the media

    The Globe - Southeast Asia - Following a UN conference on drugs last month, countries in the region are being accused of sticking with ineffective and harmful anti-drug policies

  17. Cannabis and the Conventions: UNGASS and Beyond

    25 April 2016
    Multi-media

    With an increasing number of jurisdictions enacting or contemplating reforms creating legal access to cannabis for purposes other than exclusively "medical and scientific," tensions regarding the drug conventions and evolving law and practice in Member States continue to grow.

  18. ကခ်င္ မူးယစ္ျပႆနာ ႀကီးထြား

    22 April 2016
    In the media

    Voice of America - Burmese- ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံေျမာက္ပုိင္း ကခ်င္ျပည္နယ္မွာ လက္နက္ကိုင္ ပဋိပကၡေၾကာင့္ ေသဆုံးရတဲ့ လူဦးေရထက္ မူးယစ္ေဆးဝါးေၾကာင့္ ေသဆုံးရသူ အေရအတြက္က ပိုမ်ားေနတယ္လို႔ အေမရိကန္ျပည္ေထာင္စု အေျခစိုက္ Transnational Institute (TNI) အဖြဲ႔က ထုတ္ျပန္တဲ့ အစီရင္ခံစာ မွာ ေဖၚျပလုိက္ပါတယ္။ ဒီျပႆနာေတြကို ေလ်ာ့က်သြားေအာင္ NLD အရပ္သား အစိုးရသစ္ လက္ထက္မွာ လုပ္ေဆာင္ဖို႔လိုေၾကာင္း TNI အဖြဲ႔က တိုက္တြန္းလိုက္ပါတယ္။ ဆက္သြယ္ေမးျမန္းထားတဲ့ ကိုဉာဏ္ဝင္းေအာင္က တင္ျပပါမယ္။

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