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    Dangerous Weapons

    29 June 2012
    Report

    Across the world, citizens and social movements are mounting strong and effective campaigns to fight the environmental and social abuses of transnational corporations.

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    The European Union and the Global Land Grab

    29 June 2012
    Paper

    This fact sheet highlights the involvement of the EU in the global land grab, both directly through the involvement of European capital and corporations in the acquisition of land and indirectly through EU policies that commodify land.

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    Cannabis production and markets in Europe

    26 June 2012

    insights-cannabisThis study brings together available evidence to provide a comprehensive analysis of cannabis production and markets across the EU. It combines information from EMCDDA routine reporting — data on patterns of prevalence and use, seizures, police reports, drug-law offences, cannabis potency and retail market prices — with literature on cannabis markets to create an in-depth analysis of the issue in a European context.

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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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    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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    The War on Drugs and HIV/AIDS

    24 June 2012

    The global war on drugs is driving the HIV pandemic among people who use drugs and their sexual partners. Throughout the world, research has consistently shown that repressive drug law enforcement practices force drug users away from public health services and into hidden environments where HIV risk becomes markedly elevated. Mass incarceration of nonviolent drug offenders also plays a major role in spreading the pandemic. Today, there are an estimated 33 million people worldwide living with HIV – and injection drug use accounts for one-third of new HIV infections outside of sub-Saharan Africa.

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    The Alternative World Drug Report

    24 June 2012

    alternative-wdrThe Alternative World Drug Report, launched to coincide with publication of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime’s 2012 World Drug Report, exposes the failure of governments and the UN to assess the extraordinary costs of pursuing a global war on drugs, and calls for UN member states to meaningfully count these costs and explore all the alternatives.

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    The War on Drugs and HIV/AIDS

    24 June 2012

    La guerra global a las drogas está impulsando la pandemia del VIH entre las personas que usan drogas y sus parejas sexuales. En todo el mundo, la investigación científica ha demostrado consistentemente que las prácticas represivas de aplicación de ley de drogas distancian a los usuarios de drogas de los servicios de salud pública y los obliga a permanecer en entornos ocultos donde el riesgo del VIH se eleva notablemente. El encarcelamiento masivo de infractores no violentos a la ley de drogas también juega un papel importante en la diseminación de la pandemia. Hoy en día, se estima que 33 millones de personas en todo el mundo viven con el VIH, y las personas que se inyectan drogas representan aproximadamente la tercera parte de las nuevas infecciones de VIH que se producen fuera del África subsahariana.

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    Expert Seminar on the Future of the UN Drug Conventions

    22 June 2012

    prague-expert-seminarAs the debate on drug policy and law reform gathers momentum on the international stage, the failings of the three UN drug control conventions (1961, 1971  and 1988) have come into stark relief. Criticisms of the global drug control regime established by the drug treaties have now entered the mainstream public discourse and political debate. The discussions around treaty reform that would allow or facilitate a wider spectrum of approaches to drugs are assuming a degree of urgency.

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    Partners in Crime

    • P. Gallahue, R.Saucier, D. Barrett
    20 June 2012

    partners-in-crimeMillions of dollars in international aid for drug enforcement is spent in countries with extremely poor human rights records and with little or no accountability for the resulting abuses, according to a this investigative report  carried out by the UK-based drugs and human rights organisation, Harm Reduction International. The report tracks drug enforcement funding from donor states, often via the United Nations, to countries where executions, arbitrary detention, physical abuse and slave labour are weapons in the war on drugs.

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    Drug consumption rooms

    • Eberhard Schatz, Marie Nougier
    19 June 2012

    drc-briefing-idpcFor the past 10 to 20 years, drug consumption rooms (DCRs) have become an integrated part of the drug treatment and harm reduction strategy in a variety of countries in Western Europe, North America and Australia. However, they have not yet been established in the majority of countries worldwide.

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    Bio-Economies

    • Ronnie Hall, Joseph Zacune
    19 June 2012

    The European Commission's promotion of 'bioeconomies' as a central focus at Rio+20 is more about protecting banking, biotech, manufacturing, agribusiness and energy sectors then defending vulnerable communities and the environment. 

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    Drugs, crime and punishment

    • Gloria Lai
    19 June 2012

    dlr20Proportionality is one of the key principles of the rule of law aiming to protect people from cruel or inhumane treatment. The principle has been established in interna­tional and regional human rights agree­ments and many countries have adopted reflections of it in their constitution or penal code. Its applica­tion to drug-related offences is firstly the responsibility of the legislators, in defining the level of penalisa­tion of certain behaviours. The level of penalisation should be deter­mined according to the severity of damage that a certain behaviour causes to others or to society.

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    Capital transnacional vs Resistencia de los pueblos

    15 June 2012
    Report

    Este número especial de “América Latina en Movimiento” de ALAI muestra el funcionamiento del capital transnacional, los sectores en los que actúa, su lógica globalizada, la estructura de su promiscua relación con los poderes públicos a todos los niveles, la magnitud de los abusos y su irresponsabilidad social, económica y ambiental.

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    Transnational Capital vs People's Resistance

    15 June 2012
    Report

    How does transnational capital function? Where does it operate? What globalised logic does it follow? What is the magnitude of its abuses and its social, economic and environmental irresponsibility? And what challenge do we see emerge for us, the people?

     
  16. Drogas, crimen y castigo

    • Gloria Lai
    10 June 2012
    Policy briefing

    El principio de la proporcionalidad es un elemento clave del derecho internacional y se debería aplicar en todos los casos, incluidos los de delitos de drogas.

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    Burma at the Crossroads

    05 June 2012
    Policy briefing

    The people of Burma are at a critical juncture in their struggle for democracy and ethnic reform. Decisions taken by leading parties and protagonists in the months ahead could well define the direction of national politics for many years to come.

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    Cannabis as an Adjunct to or Substitute for Opiates in the Treatment of Chronic Pain

    • Philippe Lucas
    31 May 2012

    publicationThere is a growing body of evidence to support the use of medical cannabis as an adjunct to or substitute for prescription opiates in the treatment of chronic pain. When used in conjunction with opiates, cannabinoids lead to a greater cumulative relief of pain, resulting in a reduction in the use of opiates (and associated side-effects) by patients in a clinical setting. Additionally, cannabinoids can prevent the development of tolerance to and withdrawal from opiates, and can even rekindle opiate analgesia after a prior dosage has become ineffective.

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    Drogas, crimen y castigo

    • Gloria Lai
    31 May 2012

    dlr20sLa proporcionalidad es uno de los prin­ci­pios fundamentales del Estado de derecho para proteger a las personas de tratos crue­les e inhumanos. El principio está estableci­do en acuerdos internacionales y regionales sobre derechos humanos, y muchos países han adoptado observaciones al respecto en su constitución o código penal. Su aplica­ción en delitos relacionados con drogas depende, en primer lugar, de los responsa­bles de la legisla­ción, puesto que ellos son los encargados de definir el nivel de penali­zación de determinadas conductas.

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    Modernising the global drug control system – Can Europe lead?

    28 May 2012

    The seminar entitled “Modernising the global drug control system – Can Europe lead?” was organised in the European Parliament by the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC), and the Global Commission on Drug Policy, and co-hosted by the Member of European Parliament (MEP) Nikos Chrysogelos. The event aimed to present the recommendations of the Global Commission and discuss the role that the European Union (EU) could play in current drug policy reform debates taking place within Europe and around the world. The seminar also comes at a time when the EU is working on drafting a new Drug Strategy to replace the one that will expire at the end of 2012.

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