Delegates from the ministry of security of Latin America and the Caribbean agreed to join forces to fight the drug problem at the conclusion of a two day meeting in Antigua, Guatemala. In this setting, civil society organizations from different nations issued a statement that urged the prioritization of human rights. Intercambios was one of the signing entities.
Civil servants highest in the ranks of drug policy joined April 29-May 1 in Washington, DC for a meeting of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) of the Organization of American States.
Saturday May 3rd brought forth the Global Marijuana March in more than 19 cities in Argentina. Under the slogan “No more prisoners for cultivation! – Regulation of cannabis now,” more than 200 thousand people demanded the immediate end to criminalization of drug users and growers, the regulation of access to cannabis, and the governmental authorization of its medicinal uses.
On April 24th, the “Public Hearing for the formation of Human Resources in the field of Mental Health” was carried out. This activity was organized by the National Interministerial Commission for Mental Health and Addictions Policies. Its objective was to discuss a preliminary document containing recommendations for National Universities with the goal of realizing contributions from distinct organizations from the field of mental health.
Tomorrow, the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) will initiate its 55th period of Regular Sessions in Washington, DC, in the headquarters of the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS). The meeting will extend to the 1st of May, and Intercambios will participate in the sessions through its president, Graciela Touzé, who will act as onlooker from the sector of civil society organizations.
The event concluded with a call for Member States to change the direction of drug policies and focus on alternative and innovative responses. Said forum took place with the participation of 55 representatives from 48 civil society organizations and workers from 19 member states.
“38% of all open narcotics cases in the country involve drug consumers, while only 3% of cases involve drug contraband.” This data, along with others, are among the conclusions of the survey created by the Office of Narcotics Crime (Procunar). The survey is based on cases registered in the computer system of the Public Fiscal Ministry of the Nation (FISCALNET) in 2012.
“A punitive framework that only focuses on repression is lame and achieves in the state not allocating resources to the most important thing which is to provide security for the citizens,” stated Juan Carlos Garzón, Colombian political scientist and researcher for the Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center (U.S.) during a breakfast meeting that Intercambios and the Office of Narcocriminalistics organized on April 3.
The study, titled “In Search of Rights: Drug Users and State Responses in Latin America” finds that in all of the countries that were studied, many drug users end up being criminally persecuted. This even includes countries where consumption is not legally punishable.más
In this edition, InterCambiando talks about the recent Commission on Narcotic Drugs, along with other issues such as the hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and a column from Costa Rica to help us understand the role of this country in the Drug Policy discussion on.más