Items tagged with violence

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Death toll mounts in Rio de Janeiro as police lose control of the city – and of themselves [17.07.2017] Even in Brazil, where homicides are really common, Rio de Janeiro’s crime rate is stunning. It is now impossible not to notice that the city’s Police...
It's time to end SA's war on drugs [29.06.2017] Bluetooth nyaope, dagga, dealers and associated rhetoric often dominate the headlines on the issue of drug use. The supply and consumption of drugs —...
PH jail congestion rate soars to over 500% amid drug war [16.06.2017] The Philippines' cramped jails had to accommodate more inmates in 2016 amid the government's crackdown on drugs as well as other issues, resulting in...
Wrecking to ‘revitalise’: São Paulo expels drug users and razes buildings, claiming public safety [16.06.2017] On May 21, 500 civil and military police descended on the downtown neighbourhood where, since the late 1990s, hundreds to thousands of crack-cocaine ...
In Mexico, the price of America’s hunger for heroin [30.05.2017] The opioid epidemic that has caused so much pain in the United States is also savaging Mexico, contributing to a breakdown of order in rural areas. H...
We have waged war on drugs for a century. So who won? [29.05.2017] W hile Rodrigo Duterte was campaigning to be elected president of the Philippines last year, he said on many occasions that he would arrange, if elec...
A New International Legal Regime for a New Reality in the War Against Drugs [26.01.2017] After twenty-three years under the latest international agreement, drug consumption has risen, production has increased, and some states remain helpl...
'They are slaughtering us like animals' [06.12.2016] I had come to document the bloody and chaotic cam­paign against drugs that President Rodrigo Duterte began when he took office on June 30: since then...
Duterte’s war on drugs: bitter lessons from Thailand’s failed campaign [28.09.2016] The body count from Philippine President Duterte’s “war on drugs” is growing by the day; more than 3,000 casualties leading to broad international co...
Paradise lost: does Copenhagen’s Christiania commune still have a future? [22.09.2016] In recent years the cannabis in Christiania trade has evolved. Once led by small-time dealers, it is now controlled by large, multinational organisat...
Duterte’s fiercest critic booted from committee investigating killings [19.09.2016] Accused of bias after she allowed a self-confessed hitman to link Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to over a thousand murders, Senator Leila De L...
Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte to extend drug war as 'cannot kill them all' [18.09.2016] Rodrigo Duterte has asked for a six-month extension for his war on drugs, saying there are too many people involved in the narcotics trade and he "ca...
Christiania residents shut down Pusher Street [01.09.2016] After a meeting that stretched across several hours, residents of the largely self-governing commune of Christiania said they would try to shut down ...
Duterte ready to answer UN queries on drug killings [22.08.2016] President Duterte dared United Nations (UN) experts to come to the Philippines and face him in a public meeting where he would answer all their quest...
Duterte may face international court for drug deaths, senator says [15.08.2016] Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte could face charges for crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court (ICC) over the spate of killi...
Beyond Olympic glow, a vicious drug war rages in Rio [10.08.2016] In the shadow of the Olympics, a slow-burning war between drug gangs and the nation’s security forces is taking place. As the casualties mount in the...
Too near our doorsteps: guns and the war on drugs [02.08.2016] The spate of killings in the Phillipines has clearly drawn the divide – on the surface, between the rich and poor, but at the core, between those who...
Philippines president promises 'no let up' in brutal anti-drugs crackdown [24.07.2016] The Philippines leader known as “The Punisher” has defended his government’s brutal crackdown on the drugs trade in his inaugural State of the Nation...
The human-rights case for drug legalization [06.06.2016] The first shot in Mexico’s drug war was fired in December 2006, when Mexican President Felipe Calderon sent 6,500 security forces to reclaim Michoaca...
To win the war on drugs, stop brutalising farmers who grow them [19.04.2016] Reform of international drug control is urgently needed. The war on drugs has left a trail of suffering and criminality in its wake and has manifestl...
UN backs prohibitionist drug policies despite call for more 'humane solution' [19.04.2016] The 2016 UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) has approved an agreement that leaves in place the prohibitionist policies banning narcotics us...
What can be learned from Brazil’s “pacification” police model? [10.03.2016] When national and local public safety personnel in Latin America want to turn away from “mano dura” approaches to the problem of alarmingly high rate...
HSBC sued over drug cartel murders after laundering probe [08.02.2016] Families of U.S. citizens murdered by drug gangs in Mexico sued HSBC Holdings Plc, claiming the bank can be held responsible for the deaths because i...
Marseille : ce n’est pas le cannabis qui tue, c’est la prohibition [25.10.2015] Est-il acceptable de mourir sous les balles, dans une cité en France, quand on a 15 ans ? Non. Il est temps de réfléchir autrement. Ce qui tue, ce n’...
The Road to UNGASS 2016 [14.04.2015] On 19th to 21st April 2016, there will be a United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) held in New York, dedicated to the issue of drug...
Urban drug markets and zones of impunity in Colombia [25.02.2015] The retail drug trade has been identified by the authorities as a strategic priority, under the hypothesis that it is one of the main triggers of vio...
Why is Rio de Janeiro so dangerous? [18.02.2015] 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...
Gangs at war over Swiss cannabis plantations [17.02.2015] The public prosecutor of St Gallen ordered the detention in custody of two suspects following a shooting at an industrial building in Altstätten whic...
Mexico: Challenging drug prohibition from below [13.01.2015] The horrific forced disappearance of 43 students in Iguala reveals how organised crime and corruption thrive in conditions of institutional or democr...
Fixing a broken system [28.12.2014] Despite efforts by governments in Latin America, illicit drugs continue to provide one of the largest incomes for criminal organizations, enabling th...
Making a mountain out of a molehill: myths on youth and crime in Saint Lucia [15.12.2014] Caribbean states face challenges of youth involvement in crime, violence, gangs and other anti-social activities. It is not uncommonly heard the “dru...
Drugs, armed conflict and peace [14.07.2014] This policy briefing analyses the results of the partial agreement on drugs reached at the talks being held in Havana between the Revolutionary Armed...
Legalizing medical marijuana may actually reduce crime, study says [26.03.2014] Legalizing medical marijuana causes no increase in crime, according to a new study. In fact, legalized medical pot may reduce some violent crime, inc...
Why the mayor of Copenhagen wants to get into the marijuana business [02.03.2014] 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 g...
Eyes Wide Shut: Corruption and Drug-Related Violence in Rosario [30.12.2013] In Rosario, Argentina, the presence of criminal organisations involved in drug trafficking was a low priority for the government until New Year’s day...
Do falling murders in Rio mean success for Brazil's UPPs? [18.12.2013] Homicides have fallen 65 percent in the Rio de Janeiro favelas where Police Pacification Units have been installed during four years of the flagship ...
Why do Brazilian police kill? [20.11.2013] An average of five people were killed by police every day in Brazil last year, according to an annual security report, revealing an entrenched cultur...
Whither Rio de Janeiro’s Police Pacification Units? [18.11.2013] Rio de Janeiro’s Pacification Police Units (UPP) are celebrating their fifth year in 2013. They do so with generally positive approval ratings from t...
Let the gangs wither and the state turn a profit [04.11.2013] As a law enforcement professional, I was waiting impatiently for the government’s recommendations for fighting gang crime. I’ve been especially impat...
Rio police charged over torture and death of missing favela man [02.10.2013] 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...
Breaking the taboo about drugs [17.05.2013] 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 ...
In Latin America, U.S. focus shifts from drug war to economy [04.05.2013] Relationships with countries racked by drug violence and organized crime should focus more on economic development and less on the endless battles ag...
Legalize marijuana and other ways U.S.-Mexico can win drug war [03.05.2013] 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...
The drug policy reform agenda in the Americas [30.04.2013] Latin America has emerged at the vanguard of efforts to promote debate on drug policy reform. For decades, Latin American governments largely followe...
'They stole our dreams': blogger reveals cost of reporting Mexico's drug wars [02.04.2013] For three years it has chronicled Mexico's drug war with graphic images and shocking stories that few others dare show, drawing millions of readers, ...
No one is safe from Argentina's drug war [25.02.2013] For years the country was largely untouched by the brutal cartels that control the drug trade in Latin America. But an eight-year-old boy is proof th...
Mexico goes after the narcos [24.02.2013] Gang-outreach schemes, community centers, employment projects and construction programs aimed at transforming chaotic urban jungles. “There is a comp...
Report: Mexico disappearances constitute 'crisis' [19.02.2013] Human Rights Watch called Mexico's anti-drug offensive "disastrous" in the report Mexico's Disappeared: The Enduring Cost of a Crisis Ignored, that c...
Mexico unveils new strategy in war on drugs and for preventing crime [12.02.2013] Mexico's new administration has offered the first details of its new strategy in the country's war on drugs, saying the government will spend $9.2bn ...
The illicit drugs market in the Colombian agrarian context [31.01.2013] The distribution of land and its unjust use are the major causes of violence in Colombia. For this reason land issues are the starting point of curre...

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