Khalid Tinasti in Southeast Asia Globe: “How Duterte’s war on drugs feeds on his country’s worst fears”

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody crackdown on drugs is pushing the country’s most vulnerable people even further towards the margins, says Global Commission on Drugs executive secretary Khalid Tinasti Read original article in Southeast Asia Globe The Philippines’ extremist response to drugs marks a return of ‘majoritarianism’ in the political space

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ASEAN: Drugs might harm individuals, but current policies undermine social cohesion

Global Commissioners and former presidents Ruth Dreifuss of Switzerland, Fernando Henrique Cardoso of Brazil, and Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria, publish an opinion piece on drug policy reform in Southeast Asia in eight major papers, in ASEAN countries (Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand) and Hong Kong. Bangkok Post (Thailand)

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The Global Commission expresses concern over the arrest of Senator De Lima in the Philippines

PRESS RELEASE GENEVA, 24 February 2017 – On the eve of the 34th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, we have learned with deep concern of the arrest of Senator Leila de Lima, on charges linked to alleged corruption involving inmates incarcerated for drug trafficking. Senator de Lima,

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President Duterte is repeating my mistakes / El presidente Duterte está repitiendo mis errores

Opinion piece in the New York Times, by César Gaviria, former President of Colombia and member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy. Read article in English. Read article in Spanish.  

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To the President of the Philippines

The Global Commission on Drug Policy was born from the recognition that the prohibitionist and repressive “war on drugs,” which has persisted for the past 50 years, has failed. Drugs have always existed and have existed everywhere, and it is illusory to believe that their use can be eradicated completely,

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Duterte’s war on drugs is not the answer by Richard Branson

It’s not easy to suppress frustration and anger reading news from the Philippines these days. When President Rodrigo Duterte took office on June 30th, he vowed to double down on the country’s war on drugs – and double down he did.Duterte openly called on police and others to kill anyone

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