Weekly News: March 8-15

This was a big week for drug policy with the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) meeting being held in Vienna. As you may know, this is the one time of year when all the country delegations come together to discuss drug control policy. Check out this post if you want to learn more about my experience last year. I wasn’t able to make it this year, but I kept up with what was going on through articles and blog posts. Here is a round-up of what happened at the CND, Mexican human rights cases at the Inter-American Human Rights Commission and security issues in the country:

Full Circle US gave a summary of the Evo Morales speech.

For the nitty gritty details, the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC) provided daily live-blogging.

Daniel Wolfe from Open Society Foundations came down on the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) on the Huffington Post (and with gooooood reason!)

Other UN agencies including the UN Development Program began to recognize that the war on drugs has failed.

A delegation of Mexican human rights NGO’s traveled to DC this week to speak before the Inter American Human Rights Commission regarding the general situation in Mexico. Women from the Atenco protests also attended to denounce the human rights abuses. Themes included the General Victims Law, forced disappearances and continued violations of human rights by the military. Here is a more in depth article (in Spanish).

The Tarahumara also traveled to Washington this week and one of my friends wrote about their reasons for the journey.

Armed vigilante groups have been popping up throughout the western part of Mexico (primarily in Guerrero and Michoacan ) and there have been conflicting stories on who is funding the groups and the reasons behind their existence. Clearly

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it is a sign of a lack of state presence, and the National Human Rights Commission came out against the groups–but it will pose a serious challenge to the Peña-Nieto government. Here is some analysis on the groups.

That’s all for this week. Saludos y bonito fin!

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