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El presidente Rodrigo Duterte, a la izquierda, con el director de la Policía Nacional, Ronald Dela Rosa, en Manila durante una rueda de prensa, el 30 de enero. Credit Noel Celis/Agence France-Presse – Getty Images

Las drogas ilegales son un asunto de seguridad nacional, pero la guerra en su contra no se puede ganar nada más con las fuerzas armadas ni los organismos de justicia. Enviar más soldados y policías contra los consumidores de drogas no solo es una pérdida de dinero, sino que además puede empeorar el problema. Encerrar a los delincuentes no violentos y a los adictos casi siempre resulta contraproducente, ya que se acaba por fortalecer a la delincuencia organizada.

Tal es el mensaje que me gustaría enviar al mundo y, en especial, al presidente Rodrigo Duterte de Filipinas. Créame, aprendí a la mala.…  Seguir leyendo »

In Quezon City, Philippines, inmates sleep on a basketball court at Quezon City Jail, one of the country’s most congested jails on Oct. 19, 2016. Credit Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times.

Illegal drugs are a matter of national security, but the war against them cannot be won by armed forces and law enforcement agencies alone. Throwing more soldiers and police at the drug users is not just a waste of money but also can actually make the problem worse. Locking up nonviolent offenders and drug users almost always backfires, instead strengthening organized crime.

That is the message I would like to send to the world and, especially, to President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines. Trust me, I learned the hard way.

We Colombians know a thing or two about fighting drugs. Our country has long been one of the world’s primary suppliers of cocaine.…  Seguir leyendo »

‘Duterte has been accused of rabble-rousing populism, having inflated drug use statistics in his speeches.’ Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte holds a compilation of pictures of people involved in drugs. Photograph: Lean Daval Jr/Reuters

“You are corrupt to the core,” the Philippines’ president, Rodrigo Duterte, said to his own police force after announcing he would be indefinitely halting his controversial war on drugs to tackle endemic corruption within the Philippine national police.

This is following the death of South-Korean businessman, Jee Ick-joo, who was left strangled in the grounds of Camp Crame, the police force’s headquarters, after a bungled kidnap and interrogation attempt by anti-drugs officers.

The breather this reprieve is offering is a choice time to look at just how bad the Philippines’ drug problem is, especially after Duterte has been accused of rabble-rousing populism, having inflated drug use statistics in his speeches, almost doubling the number of Filipino users from 1.8 to 3 million.…  Seguir leyendo »

Each year, hundreds of thousands of people around the world die from preventable drug-related disease and violence. Millions of users are arrested and thrown in jail. Globally, communities are blighted by drug-related crime. Citizens see huge amounts of their taxes spent on harsh policies that are not working.

But despite this clear evidence of failure, there is a damaging reluctance worldwide to consider a fresh approach. The Global Commission on Drug Policy is determined to help break this century-old taboo. Building on the work of the Latin American Commission on Drugs and Democracy, our first report -- The War on Drugs -- demonstrated how repressive approaches to containing drugs have failed.…  Seguir leyendo »

This week, representatives from many nations will gather at the annual meeting of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna to determine the appropriate course of the international response to illicit drugs. Delegates will debate multiple resolutions while ignoring a truth that goes to the core of current drug policy: human rights abuses in the war on drugs are widespread and systematic.

Consider these numbers: Hundreds of thousands of people locked in detention centers and subject to violent punishments. Millions imprisoned. Hundreds hanged, shot or beheaded. Tens of thousands killed by government forces and non-state actors. Thousands beaten and abused to extract information, and abused in government or private “treatment” centers.…  Seguir leyendo »

Se dice estos días que poco mérito tiene que unos ex presidentes defiendan ahora medidas como la legalización de las drogas cuando no tienen responsabilidades de gobierno, cuando nadie les recuerda propuestas semejantes durante su etapa en el poder y cuando no deben someterse al higiénico ritual de las urnas. Hace un año fueron César Gaviria, Ernesto Zedillo y Fernando Henrique Cardoso, ex presidentes de Colombia, México y Brasil, los que proclamaron el fracaso de la estrategia contra el narcotráfico y la necesidad de afrontar fórmulas distintas. Y hace pocos días fue Felipe González, ex jefe de Gobierno español, quien apeló a una Conferencia Internacional para abordar una legalización del consumo y la posesión de forma coordinada y eficaz entre todos los países.…  Seguir leyendo »

Hoy día, algunos sectores económicos ofrecen terreno para la reflexión. Se prohíbe la fabricación y el comercio al por mayor de ciertas cosas, pero se tolera o legaliza su consumo y comercio de menudeo. Por el contrario, hay productos cuyo uso y consumo están prohibidos y demonizados en muchos casos, pero su fabricación y exportación a gran escala son actividades respetables.

Es obvio que en el primer supuesto hablamos de algunas drogas. Los ejemplos para el segundo son menos evidentes, aunque la fabricación y el comercio de armas ofrecen uno adecuado. ¿Estarán convencidos nuestros fabricantes de armas de que todas sus exportaciones terminan en manos de las fuerzas armadas/de seguridad de países con impolutas credenciales democráticas?…  Seguir leyendo »

It looked like the first drop of rain in the desert of drugs policy. Last week Antonio Maria Costa, the executive director of the UN office on drugs and crime, said what millions of liberal-minded people have been waiting to hear. "Law enforcement should shift its focus from drug users to drug traffickers … people who take drugs need medical help, not criminal retribution." Drug production should remain illegal, possession and use should be decriminalised. Guardian readers toasted him with bumpers of peppermint tea, and, perhaps, a celebratory spliff. I didn't.

I believe that informed adults should be allowed to inflict whatever suffering they wish – on themselves.…  Seguir leyendo »