Items tagged with brazil

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Brazil [31.12.2019] Overview of drug laws and legislative trends in Brazil. Trend Brazil is debating reform of current drug legislation. Changes to the Criminal Code are...
Comparing models of drug decriminalisation [31.12.2019] Decriminalisation refers to the repeal of laws and policies that define drug use and/or the possession of drugs for personal use as a criminal offenc...
Brazil Supreme Court judge calls for drugs legalisation to beat gangs [11.02.2017] A Brazilian Supreme Court justice called for the legalization of marijuana and even cocaine to undo the growing power of drug gangs behind a wave of ...
São Paulo’s drug policies are working – will the new mayor kill them? [20.10.2016] A harm-reduction approach, De Braços Abertos (“With Open Arms”), to homeless crack use in São Paulo’s city centre hangs in the balance. For over two ...
Ten years of drug policy failure in Brazil [27.08.2016] Ten years ago this week, Brazil passed a law intended to distinguish dangerous drug traffickers from simple drug users. By replacing jail sentences f...
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...
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...
Latin America’s crackdown on drugs defies its progressive rhetoric [12.11.2015] “We were having dinner—my daughter, grandchild, and me,” says Ramona, a 67-year-old Mexican woman who is serving a sentence of four-and-a-half years ...
People deprived of their liberty for drug offenses: The social costs of drug policy [02.11.2015] The Research Consortium on Drugs and the Law (Colectivo de Estudios Drogas y Derecho, CEDD) released a series of new studies showing that despite the...
Landmark case in Brazil to test hard-line 'war on drugs' [21.08.2015] Brazil’s Supreme Court began hearing a landmark drug case that could change how drug users are punished. Conviction as a "user" in Brazil leads to a ...
Brazil Supreme Court debates decriminalization of drugs [18.08.2015] Brazil's Supreme Court began debating a drug case that could lead to the decriminalization of possession for personal use in the South American count...
The interplay between drug-use behaviors, settings, and access to care [14.08.2015] Despite the growing attention surrounding crack cocaine use in Brazil, little is understood about crack users’ histories, use patterns and the interp...
Case of prisoner caught with 3 grams of marijuana guides definition of drug possession in Brazil [11.08.2015] A marijuana case from July 2009 inside the provisional detention center of Diadema (SP) will guide the STF's (Supreme Court) verdict which will decid...
Brazil may decriminalize drug possession [10.08.2015] Brazil can match to other countries in South America that decriminalized the illegal drugs possession and show more tolerance for the consumption and...
Drug policy and incarceration in São Paulo, Brazil [14.06.2015] This briefing paper analyses the impact of drug policy on incarceration in São Paulo (Brazil), based on information collected among 1,040 people caug...
More South America teens using cocaine: Report [04.05.2015] The Organization of American States' (OAS) latest drug consumption report highlights shifting trends in drug use among youths in the Western Hemisphe...
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...
Is São Paulo's drug treatment program working? [21.01.2015] Authorities say crack use has dropped 80 percent in São Paulo's notorious "Crackland" district since the implementation of With Open Arms ("De Braços...
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...
Controversial São Paulo project offers jobs to crack addicts in Cracolândia [28.10.2014] On a mild winter morning in São Paulo, two dozen people pick up brooms and rubbish bins from a warehouse. They wear blue jumpsuits with a De Braços A...
Brazil discusses medical cannabis at international symposium [17.07.2014] The IV Symposium on Medicinal Cannabis in Brazil focused on patients who need treatment via medicinal cannabis and its components. Today, these patie...
In Search of Rights [09.07.2014] The Research Consortium on Drugs and the Law ( Colectivo de Estudios Drogas y Derecho, CEDD) has published a new study that assesses state responses ...
Reimagining Drug Policy in the Americas [27.06.2014] Latin America is now at the vanguard of international efforts to promote drug policy reform: Bolivia has rewritten its constitution to recognize the ...
Crack cocaine is king in Brazil: What Sao Paulo is doing about it [25.04.2014] São Paulo's Cracolândia has been here for 15 years. Its population hovered around 1,500. The city recently took over a collection of flophouses aroun...
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 ...
Open letter to Ministers Responsible for Public Security in the Americas [25.11.2013] We, the undersigned human rights organizations, address you on this Fourth Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Public Security (MISPA) to follow up ...
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...
Crack cocaine users: New data from Brazil [15.10.2013] Last September, the Brazilian Ministries of Health and Justice presented data of two key surveys – “ Estimated number of crack and similar drug users...
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...
Brazil state launches crack rehabilitation program [08.05.2013] Sao Paulo State expanded its attack on crack cocaine by unveiling a program that will provide about $650 a month in subsidies for the rehabilitation ...
Cracolândia: the crack capital of Brazil where addicts are forced to seek help [08.05.2013] With Brazil gripped by a crack epidemic, the authorities have launched a series of controversial initiatives. Since the start of last year, São Paulo...
Cannabis to substitute crack [22.04.2013] The mayor of Bogota has recently proposed a pilot scheme with crack cocaine addicts to explore the substitution of crack made of cocaine base paste (...
Drugs in Brazil: Cracking up [05.04.2013] São Paulo’s Cracolândia was Brazil ’s first and is still its biggest. It is home to 2,000 addicts. But most Brazilian cities now have similar distric...
UN concerned by arbitrary arrests in Brazil [27.03.2013] The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention voiced concern about the rising number of arbitrary arrests in Brazil, which has one of the h...
Forced treatment for Brazil crack addicts [25.02.2013] The city of Rio de Janeiro has begun a program of involuntary hospitalization for crack users, one month after Brazil’s biggest city São Paulo began ...
Anti-Crack Efforts Miss Targets: Daily [14.01.2013] The government’s campaign to curb crack cocaine use that was launched late last year is failing to deliver on its targets, reports O Globo. As of the...
Brazil debates treatment options in crack epidemic [30.12.2012] With a boom in crack use ov er the past decade, Brazilian authorities are struggling to stop the drug's spread, sparking a debate over the legality a...
Ex-president slams Brazil's tough anti-drug bill [25.12.2012] A bill calling for tougher sentences for drug possession and mandatory internment of addicts in Brazil has drawn fire from ex-president Fernando Henr...
Could drug decriminalization save Brazil’s slums? [24.10.2012] Brazil has been struggling with drug violence for years. The problem got so bad that the country passed a law in 2006 to distinguish between dealers ...
Q&A: “Pacification of favelas not a real public policy yet” [17.09.2012] The "pacification" of the favelas in this Brazilian city, aimed at driving out armed groups and fighting drug trafficking, has not yet become a fully...
Brazil: Drug dealers say no to crack in Rio [18.08.2012] Once crack was introduced about six years ago, Mandela and the surrounding complex of shantytowns became Rio's main outdoor drug market, a "cracoland...
Brazil Launches Campaign to Decriminalise Drug Use [12.07.2012] A host of academic, legal, health, political and social figures are joining together to back a campaign to decriminalise drug use in Brazil, as tens ...
A breakthrough in the making? [25.06.2012] Remarkable drug policy developments are taking place in Latin America. This is not only at the level of political debate, but is also reflected in ac...
Latin America's fatal prison problem [14.05.2012] Prison riots in Venezuela. Jailbreaks in Mexico. Prison fires in Honduras. Latin America is displaying violent cases of the ails of its prison system...
Where Is Brazil in the Global Drug Debate? [12.04.2012] At the upcoming Summit of the Americas, President Dilma has an unprecedented opportunity to contribute to building a new architecture for global drug...
‘Pacification’ of favelas not just a media circus [16.11.2011] The "take-over" of Rocinha, one of Rio de Janeiro’s largest favelas, by heavily armed police and military units was seen by some as a media spectacle...
Slum raids in Rio de Janeiro impress [14.11.2011] The police blitzes in this Olympic city’s biggest slums are meant to show the world that Rio is winning the fight against violent drug gangs that hav...
João Pedro Chaves Valladares Pádua [03.11.2011] João Pedro Chaves Valladares Pádua is a criminal lawyer with a master’s degree in Constitutional Law and State Theory from the PUC University in Rio ...
In booming Brazil, crack strikes late but hard [18.07.2011] About two decades after the U.S. emerged from the worst of its own crack epidemic, Brazilian authorities are watching the cheap drug spread across th...

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