• In memoriam: Adrian Cowell

    Martin Jelsma Tom Kramer
    Thursday, October 27, 2011

    Adrian Cowell, a groundbreaking documentary film maker and good friend, died earlier this month in London. The last time he was with us at TNI in Amsterdam was in 2009 for a meeting with representatives from opium growing regions in northern Burma, where we also showed his TV documentary 'The Heroin Wars'.

  • Drug law reform in Greece

    Thanasis Apostolou
    Thursday, October 6, 2011

    On August 2, 2011 the Minister of Justice presented to the Committee on Social Affairs of the Greek Parliament the changes proposed by the legislative committee to reform the drug laws. The basic reforms of the law include: the decriminalization of drug use. The proposal considers drug use as an act of self-harm and has to be addressed by the legislator in the same way as dependence of tobacco or alcohol which are not less dangerous and harmful to health but are not considered as crime.

  • World Drug Day 2011 - Counting the Costs of the War on Drugs!

    Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU)
    September 5, 2011

    dollarsAnniversaries are always good to catalyize drug policy reform activities – and 2011 is very special anniversary. It is the 50th anniversary of the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, the first international treaty prohibiting (some) drugs. NGOs launched an international campaign to show the world that the war on drugs creates massive costs, resulting from the enforcement-led approach that puts organised crime in control of the trade.

  • Treaty guardians in distress

    The inquisitorial nature of the INCB response to Bolivia
    Martin Jelsma
    Monday, July 11, 2011

    incb-ghodse-lucas-small2Just when you start to see glimmers of hope that the troubled UN drug control system is opening up for a change process, its principal guardian the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) does it again… In a press release on July 5, the INCB secretariat condemned Bolivia’s decision to denounce the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs and re-accede with a reservation on the coca leaf.

    Versione italiana: La Bolivia sotto Inquisizione

  • Dutch government to ban tourists from cannabis shops?

    Tom Blickman
    Tuesday, June 28, 2011

    coffeeshoplicenseUnder legislation spearheaded by the conservative government, only Dutch residents will be allowed to enter cannabis-selling coffeeshops. The Dutch government announced on Friday, 27 May, that it will push ahead with plans requiring those purchasing marijuana in the country’s coffeeshops to first obtain an official pass — a move designed to curtail tourists from buying the drug. The announcement hit the international headlines.

  • The Drug War Must End: More Evidence from Thailand

    Kathleen Kingsbury
    Tuesday, June 21, 2011

    Only weeks after the Global Commission on Drug Policy called for the end of the drug war, new video testimony from Thailand reinforces why this is a necessary step to ensuring public health.

  • Love is what transforms ...

    The HCLU's video interview with Sonja Sohn - the actress who played Kima Greggs in The Wire
    Friday, June 17, 2011

    kimaThe Wire has been described by many critics as the greatest television series ever made and it has been praised for its realistic portrayal of urban life - especially the war on drugs. The HCLU video advocacy team are definiteley great fans of the show - just as the TNI team. One of our favourite characters was Detective Kima Greggs. Sonja Sohn - the actress who played Kima - attended the 8th National Harm Reduction Conference in Austin, Texas organized by the Harm Reduction Coalition, where she was so kind to give an interview to HCLU.

  • The Global Commission: breaking the Vienna Consensus

    Martin Jelsma
    Tuesday, June 7, 2011

    globcomTNI has been closely involved with the Global Commission on Drug Policy which presented its report in New York on June 2. Some years ago we published a report, entitled Cracks in the Vienna Consensus in which we argued that cracks were appearing in the supposedly universal model under the UN treaty system. In reality, the global system is based on a highly fragile consensus of Vienna, where the UN drug control system is headquartered, and the painstaking negotiations every year to keep up the appearance of unity have become the symbol of paralysis and frustration.

  • Voices from the Margin

    Drug User Activists in the US
    Peter Sarosi
    Hungarian Civil Liberty Union (HCLU)
    Monday, June 6, 2011

    "Regardless of how you try to explain to people it's a 'war on drugs' or a 'war on a product,' people see a war as a war on them," said Gil Kerlikowske, the US drug czar in his first public statement after his appointment to the White Hose’s drug office. This is especially true for people who use drugs.

  • It's Time for Drug Policy Reform in Poland!

    After 10 years of zero-tolerance, the Polish Parliament has decided to reform the drug law
    Peter Sarosi
    Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU)
    April 21, 2011

    poland-drug-lawsIn the year 2000, Poland amended its criminal legislation on drug possession. As a result, any person possessing even the smallest amount of an illegal substance was liable to be prosecuted. Since the amendment in 2000, the number of drug-related offences has been increasing steadily.


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