Everyone is talking about Trump’s victory, but what else happened in the US on November 8th?
The creativity evidenced by drug traders and consumers reminds us that prohibition got it all wrong by making “a drug-free world” its main objective. Reducing the social costs of controlling and regulating drugs will need much more than an online marketplace, reserved for a privileged few, as well as abandoning the goal of a drug-free world.
In a year where there have been plenty of bad news, the world received the culmination of the negotiation process to end the armed conflict in Colombia as refreshing news.
Advocates have much to learn from this collaborative model of journalism. This is particularly true for work around cross-border issues for which combining expertise and limited resources, while ensuring global impact, is crucial. What might a collaborative advocacy model for offshore issues look like?
In 2003, the Guarani leader Kaiowá Marco Verón, known for his activism in defense of indigenous land tenure, was murdered in the state of Mato Grosso in Brazil. His case is currently being reviewed by the Brazilian federal justice system and reflects some of the problems that indigenous communities face in the region’s criminal justice systems.
The illegal and inexcusable expulsion of Colombian migrants confirm how little basic liberties matter in Venezuela, or in countries like Bolivia, Ecuador, and Nicaragua that supported Venezuela with their vote. But the Colombian setback at the OAS is also a result of the Santos Administration’s human rights foreign policy.
Today, there seems to be a growing awareness among activists and civil society organizations of the importance of transnational human rights work and cooperation. More organizations and social movements around the globe are getting in contact, sharing experiences and working together.