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    Advierten sobre efectos de una excesiva represión antidroga

    25 Marzo 2015
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    El Reporte de Economía y Desarrollo (RED) del Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina parece afiliarse a una política de drogas afín con la impulsada por el gobierno uruguayo que apunta a despenalizar la venta de marihuana pero aplicando políticas de reducción del daño contra la salud. Advirtió que las políticas de represión excesiva contra el consumo y la comercialización de las drogas pueden llevar a un aumento de la violencia protagonizada por los narcotraficantes la que, finalmente, afectan la calidad de vida de la gente que nada tiene que ver con ese negocio. (¿Por qué es tan violento Río?)

  2. Why is Rio de Janeiro so dangerous?

    18 Febrero 2015
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    While Brazil has the dubious honor of having the highest homicide rate in the world – with 56,337 killings reported in 2013 – Rio has the most number of murders committed by police than any other Brazilian state. The mayor points to the widely held belief in the city that successful drug traffickers need to control a territory. "There is cocaine and marijuana in every western capital. But that crazy idea of thinking that traffickers need to dominate an area is one of our peculiarities [...]."

  3. Gangs at war over Swiss cannabis plantations

    17 Febrero 2015
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    The public prosecutor of St Gallen ordered the detention in custody of two suspects following a shooting at an industrial building in Altstätten which led to the discovery of a large cannabis plantation.

     
  4. Mexico: Challenging drug prohibition from below

    Sebastian Scholl
    13 Enero 2015
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    The horrific forced disappearance of 43 students in Iguala reveals how organised crime and corruption thrive in conditions of institutional or democratic weakness, shaped to a large extent by distinctive transnational relations (importantly, in this case, with the US). Fortunately groups like the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity are showing a burgeoning 'social power' that has the potential to change politics and policy in Mexico.

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    Justicia transicional para la reforma del régimen de prohibición de drogas

    23 Noviembre 2014
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    La instrumentación del régimen global de prohibición ha tenido una historia centenaria de violaciones a los derechos humanos y extorsión a la soberanía de México desde principios del siglo XX. Ante el costo humano de la Guerra contra las Drogas, diversos grupos ciudadanos han pugnado separadamente por 1) la reforma de las políticas contra las drogas mediante su regulación y la instrumentación de políticas de reducción de daño y 2) garantizar el acceso a la justicia y la reconciliación de las comunidades y personas que han sido víctimas de la violencia relacionado con la Guerra, mediante redes sociales, actos públicos y litigios estratégicos.

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    Legalizar la marihuana medicinal no conlleva más delitos en EE UU

    30 Marzo 2014
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    medical-marijuana3Una de las razones fundamentales por la que muchos Estados de Estados Unidos no han legalizado todavía la marihuana para su uso medicinal es por el temor a que hacerlo suponga un aumento de los delitos criminales. Pero un último estudio realizado por la universidad de Texas contradice esta creencia y ha concluido que legalizar la sustancia “no aumenta el número de crímenes e, incluso, reduce los homicidios”. La investigación, publicada en PLOS ONE, abre de nuevo el debate. La marihuana para usos medicinales fue aprobada por primera vez en EE UU en 1996.

  7. Legalizing medical marijuana may actually reduce crime, study says

    26 Marzo 2014
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    Legalizing medical marijuana causes no increase in crime, according to a new study. In fact, legalized medical pot may reduce some violent crime, including homicide, University of Texas at Dallas researchers wrote in a journal article published this week. The study appears to settle concerns, simmering since the first states approved medical marijuana nearly two decades ago, that legalization would lead to more crime.

  8. Why the mayor of Copenhagen wants to get into the marijuana business

    02 Marzo 2014
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    The city of Copenhagen should be growing its own weed, said its mayor. According to Social Democrat Frank Jensen, the Danish capital can only get a grip on its huge trade in Cannabis if the state itself muscles in and displaces the pushers. Aware that a municipal government peddling its own grass might sound a little crunchy, Jensen is emphasizing the proposal's seriousness. "This isn’t a hippie proposal," he told newspaper Berlingske. "It's being discussed by people in suits and ties." (Editorial: Legalize marijuana on a trial basis)

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    Ministro do STF defende debate público sobre descriminalização da maconha

    18 Diciembre 2013
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    O ministro do STF (Supremo Tribunal Federal) Luís Roberto Barroso, disse que um debate sobre a descriminalização da maconha se faz necessário para reduzir o poder do tráfico e evitar que jovens com bons antecedentes sejam presos e saiam dos presídios "pós-graduados em criminalidade". De acordo com o ministro, "boa parte das pessoas" que cumpre pena por tráfico foi apanhada com pequenas quantidades de maconha. (Leia também: Comissão aprova mudanças no Código Penal sem tocar questão da descriminalização das drogas)

  10. Do Falling Murders in Rio Mean Success for Brazil's UPPs?

    18 Diciembre 2013
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    Homicides have fallen 65 percent in the Rio de Janeiro favelas where Police Pacification Units have been installed during four years of the flagship scheme -- an impressive figure, but one that could just indicate a displacement of violence to other regions. A study by Rio's Public Security Institute (ISP) looked at 22 Rio neighborhoods where Police Pacification Units (UPPs) have been in operation for more than a year.

  11. Why do Brazilian police kill?

    20 Noviembre 2013
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    An average of five people were killed by police every day in Brazil last year, according to an annual security report, revealing an entrenched culture of violence within the country's security forces. Brazil's Forum of Public Security joined forces with US non-governmental organization (NGO) Open Society Foundations to conduct an in-depth study of police killings as part of its annual report, concluding that the country's security forces are beset by a "culture of violence."

  12. Whither Rio de Janeiro’s Police Pacification Units?

    18 Noviembre 2013
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    Rio de Janeiro’s Pacification Police Units (UPP) are celebrating their fifth year in 2013. They do so with generally positive approval ratings from the media and society as a whole. A recent study by Instituto Data Favela indicates that 75% of favelas inhabitants approve of the UPPs. Notwithstanding major crises and criticism, the UPP constitute the single most important public security initiative in the state. And yet the persistent informality of the UPP may eventually undermine its sustainability. (See also: Rio slum pacification police accused of torture, murder)

  13. Let the gangs wither and the state turn a profit

    04 Noviembre 2013
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    As a law enforcement professional, I was waiting impatiently for the government’s recommendations for fighting gang crime. I’ve been especially impatient to see what kind of initiative they would come up with to attack the root of the problem: the cannabis trade. My disappointment when they announced what it was as great as my impatience had been. The right approach would have been to rob criminals of their source of income.

  14. Rio police charged over torture and death of missing favela man

    02 Octubre 2013
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    Ten police in Rio de Janeiro have been charged with the torture and killing of a resident of the city's biggest favela in a case that has highlighted anger about extrajudicial killings. For more than two months, Amarildo de Souza was simply classified as "missing", but the suspicious circumstances of his disappearance and the notorious record of Rio's police sparked demonstrations that forced the authorities to respond.

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    El Bronx sigue caliente

    29 Septiembre 2013
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    bronx-bogota3La muerte de Óscar Javier Molina, dejó ver que las mafias y la incapacidad de ejecución han puesto en riesgo una de las políticas más ambiciosas de la administración Petro. Jorge Rojas, secretario de Integración Social, dijo que "durante este proceso ha habido una presencia permanente del Distrito, pero tenemos que admitir que desde el mes de julio esa presencia perdió vigor". Una pérdida de vigor relacionada con el recrudecimiento de las dinámicas mafiosas y una institucionalidad paquidérmica.

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    Salud pública, seguridad y DDHH

    Luis José Gallo Imperiale - Senador de Asamblea Uruguay - FLS - FA
    31 Mayo 2013
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    La iniciativa relativa a la regulación y control por parte del Estado del cannabis y sus derivados se ha visto fortalecida en los últimos días con el informe que la OEA elevó a los presidentes latinoamericanos, donde se recomienda que tarde o temprano se deberán tomar acciones en relación a la despenalización de las drogas, pero específicamente a la despenalización de la venta y el consumo de marihuana.

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    Pacificar al país, no frenar el tráfico de drogas, prioridad de Peña: Medina Mora

    28 Mayo 2013
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    En el problema de seguridad y narcoviolencia que enfrenta el país, el objetivo del gobierno de Enrique Peña Nieto es lograr la pacificación y no necesariamente frenar el tráfico de drogas, aseguró aquí el embajador Eduardo Medina Mora. Desde una perspectiva nacional, “el objetivo no debería ser el ponerle fin al tráfico de drogas, porque está más allá de nuestro alcance, sino darle a los ciudadanos el derecho de vivir en paz con sus familias y en sus comunidades”.

  18. Breaking the taboo about drugs

    Global Commission on Drug Policy
    17 Mayo 2013
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    After more than four decades of a failed war on drugs, calls for a change in strategy are growing louder by the day. In Latin America, the debate is positively deafening. Statesmen from Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico and Uruguay are taking the lead for transformations in their own drug regime, which has set a strong dynamic of change across the region and around the world. Their discussion has expanded to the US, where public opinion toward regulation is also changing. (See also: Western leaders study 'gamechanging' report on global drugs trade)

  19. In Latin America, U.S. focus shifts from drug war to economy

    04 Mayo 2013
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    Relationships with countries racked by drug violence and organized crime should focus more on economic development and less on the endless battles against drug traffickers and organized crime capos that have left few clear victors. The countries, Mexico in particular, need to set their own course on security, with the United States playing more of a backing role. That approach runs the risk of being seen as kowtowing to governments more concerned about their public image than the underlying problems tarnishing it.

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    Legalize marijuana and other ways U.S.-Mexico can win drug war

    Tim Padgett
    03 Mayo 2013
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    There was a lot of drug-war hand-wringing in the U.S. leading up to President Obama’s visit to Mexico. That’s because Mexican President Peña Nieto is in change-the-conversation mode: he wants Washington to focus less on his country’s awful drug violence – some 60,000 narco-related murders in the past seven years, with little sign of abating – and more on its robust economic potential. The fear in some Washington circles is that Peña Nieto's Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), which in its dictatorial 20th-century heyday was every drug lord’s cuate, or best buddy, is putting the fight against Mexico’s vicious cartels on the back burner.

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