How a Caravan Will Bring Latin America’s Drug War to the UN’s Doorstep

The Caravan for Peace, Life and Justice—a roving demonstration of the brutality of the War on Drugs in Latin America—kicked off today in Honduras, and will make its way through El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico before arriving in New York ahead of ahead of the United Nations summit (UNGASS) on drugs in April. Relatives of […]

No More Drug War’ Caravan to Visit Five Impacted Countries on way to UN Session in NY

Starting in Honduras on March 28th, the Caravan for Peace, Life and Justice will travel through El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico and the United States with the goal of reaching New York City on the eve of the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on Drugs beginning on April 19.   Made up of a diverse group of people […]

Nobel Women and JASS launch Women Crossing the Line docu-series!

  Nobel Women’s Initiative and JASS (Just Associates) are thrilled to announce the launch of Women Crossing the Line, a new three-part mini-documentary series that spotlights the work of women rights defenders in Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala!  Women Crossing the Line opens a window onto the profound impact women human rights defenders have in […]

Media Silent as US Announces Unprecedented Move to End Drug War Slipping by virtually unnoticed, the United States made a surprising move last week towardentirely ending the contentious and wholly ineffective War on Drugs. With the approach of the first Special Session of the U.N. General Assembly to discuss international drug policy in nearly 18 years, Bill Brownfield, Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics […]

A quiet revolution: Drug decriminalisation across the globe

This is the second edition of ‘A Quiet Revolution: Drug Decriminalisation Across the Globe’. The first edition was released in July 2012 and has since been cited by a wide range of organisations and agencies, including: the World Health Organisation, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the Global Commission […]


Up to 100,000 Mexicans are kidnapped every year – and it’s not just the rich who are at risk. Plumbers, hairdressers, street-sweepers – anyone can be a target of capture, torture and even murder. Millionaire ransoms are demanded – but with kidnappers accepting sums as low as US$500, it means no-one is safe. This story […]


The Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH): five days after the assassination of Berta Cáceres. A day before International Women’s Day and in light of the constant harassment, criminalization and persecution we undergo as an organization, conditions reached their climax on March 2 when our General Coordinator, Berta Cáceres, was murdered. […]

CEPR Calls for US Government to Support International Investigation into Assassination of Berta Cáceres, Prominent Rights Defender and Environmental Activist, in Honduras

March 3, 2016 Contact: Dan Beeton, 202-239-1460 Washington, D.C. – The assassination last night of Berta Cáceres, one of the most prominent and internationally known human rights and environment defenders in Honduras, must be condemned, and calls for an independent, international investigation to bring the perpetrators to justice, Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) Co-Director […]

A moving note from our friend Father Melo (Ismael Moreno Coto, S.J.) of Radio Progreso and ERIC in Honduras

Dear Friends, I write to share with you the pain and rage I am left with, we are left with, due to the murder of Bertha Caceres, a leader of grassroots efforts in the struggle to defend  the environment and indigenous peoples. She and her organization COPINH confronted multinational companies from China, the United States, […]

Why is Facebook shutting down legal marijuana pages in the US?

Cannabis has been now made legal in 23 states in the US. In some states, like Colorado, it’s legal for both recreational and medicinal purposes. Authorised cannabis businesses in these states are entirely legal. So they say they were left puzzled in recent weeks, when their Facebook pages were suddenly shut down. Reports suggest that […]

17 months later: Mexico president visits site of 43 students’ disappearance

17 months later: Mexico president visits site of 43 students’ disappearance In first visit to Iguala, Enrique Peña Nieto makes only passing references to probable massacre of Ayotzinapa students in 2014 Nearly 17 months after 43 Mexican students disappeared following their abduction by local police, President Enrique Peña Nieto has made his first visit to […]

Kofi Annan on why it’s time to legalise drugs

In my experience, good public policy is best shaped by the dispassionate analysis of what in practice has worked, or not. Policy based on common assumptions and popular sentiments can become a recipe for mistaken prescriptions and misguided interventions. Nowhere is this divorce between rhetoric and reality more evident than in the formulation of global […]

Commission report: severe impact on human rights actions of the military, police patrols and the army in Honduras

Written by  Dina Meza The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, IACHR issued its report on Honduras which states that high levels of violence faced by Honduran society, have a particular impact on human rights defenders, indigenous peoples, women, children, adolescents and young people, LGBT people, migrants, rural people of Bajo Aguán and journalists and media […]

Guerra Contra las Drogas Toma Escenario Central en la ONU mientras Líderes Globales y Activistas Internacionales se Reúnen en NY

En abril de este año el mundo se reunirá a hablar sobre las drogas. Las Naciones Unidas albergará la Sesión Especial sobre Drogas de la Asamblea General (UNGASS) que representará el evento internacional de políticas de drogas más importante en casi dos décadas. En la última UNGASS en 1998 la comunidad internacional se reunió bajo […]

War on Drugs Takes Center Stage at UN as Global Leaders and International Activists Assemble in NY

In April, the world will come together to talk about drugs. The United Nations will host a General Assembly Special Session on Drugs (UNGASS), the most significant high-level international drug policy event in almost two decades. At the last UNGASS in 1998, the international community met under the slogan “A drug free world – We […]

“Let’s Talk About Drugs: Honest Dialogue in El Salvador’s Churches“

Last Thursday, February 11, a dialogue took place in San Salvador on the topic of drugs, addressing issues such as excessive criminal sanctions against people who use drugs, public health programs that should be looking after problematic drug users and the impact of the drug war on migrants, women, young people, and low-income communities. It […]

El Chapo Recaptured: Not Exactly “Mission Accomplished” *

Mexican President, Enrique Peña Nieto took a victory lap last week, hours after Mexican authorities re-captured fugitive drug-industry executive, El Chapo Guzmán. Echoing George W. Bush’s Iraq War victory boasts, Mexico’s president tweeted: “Misión Cumplida” — Spanish for “Mission Accomplished”. ¿Mision Cumplida? Not exactly. The simple truth is that as long as we militarize our […]

Iglesias manifiestan su apoyo a la Caravana por la paz, la vida y la justicia en Guatemala

Líderes de diferentes iglesias reunidas en el Consejo Ecuménico Cristiano de Guatemala, manifestaron su apoyo a la Caravana por la Paz, la vida y la Justicia en Guatemala y serán parte de los diferentes sectores que proponen abrir escenarios de dialogo y mayor información para que las políticas de drogas tengan enfoques centrados en los […]

Sobre la XI Caravana de Madres Centroamericanas que Buscan a sus Hijos Desaparecidos en Tránsito por México

Por Valentina Valle «¡Todo lo que sé lo he aprendido en México, ahora sé manejar, sé de ganado, sé de electricidad, soy mecánico de motocicletas, me dicen el mil usos!» Se ríe Jorge, mientras cuenta su vida en México, una «experiencia» que duró diesciseis años, desde, cuando en el punto fronterizo de Playa de Catazajá, Chiapas, […]

CARAVANA – 2016. “Somos muchos, caminando juntos”

Contexto General. Décadas de políticas internacionales implementadas para disminuir el consumo de drogas en nuestras sociedades demuestran que no han funcionado. Lamentablemente, el verdadero resultado de estas políticas ha sido el crecimiento de violentas organizaciones criminales que utilizan las grandes ganancias de su comercio ilícito para armarse y promover la corrupción en diversas esferas de […]