Drug War & Militarization
Two decades of counter-narcotics assistance in Latin America have shown that military aid does little to reduce drug production and trafficking. At best it creates a balloon effect, spurring drug-related violence in region after region.
But as the Drug War manifests in new countries, it’s met with the same one-size-fits-all military strategies – at the insistence of the U.S. government.
Current U.S. drug policy stems from a failure to recognize the roots of the drug trade: U.S. demand and the devastating poverty that drives people to grow and sell drugs. And the War on Drugs itself has proved a failure: today both violence and drug use are at all-time highs.
As long as addicts in the U.S. continue to provide an ample market for cocaine, cartels in Mexico will kill to control that market. The peaceful future that we all seek cannot be found in the barrel of a gun, but in well-funded schools and well-stocked U.S. drug rehab clinics.
A change in direction is long overdue. Witness for Peace calls on the United States to:
- Redirect Plan Colombia, Mérida Initiative and CARSI funds to anti-poverty and youth empowerment programs.
- Prioritize drug abuse prevention, addiction treatment and poverty reduction on both sides of the border.
- Renegotiate trade policies like NAFTA, CAFTA and the U.S.-Colombia FTA, which exacerbate the poverty, displacement and social inequalities that give cartels opportunities for recruitment and influence.
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Colombian Peace Community Attacked: Take Action Now/Comunidad de Paz Colombiana Atacada: Tome Acción Ahora
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by John Walsh On December 18th, the day after the election authorities of Honduras declared the incumbent president Juan Orlando Hernández the winner of the November 26 vote - a result few people outside of his party accept - Honduran human rights defenders took me...read more
Carta abierta al Congreso de EEUU y el Departamento de Estado de EEUU sobre las elecciones presidenciales en Honduras
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Open Letter to the US Congress and State Department in the Wake of the Honduran presidential elections
Please join Grassroots International, Witness for Peace and other US-based solidarity organizations in signing this important letter regarding the Honduran elections and the related state repression and violence. Click here to sign your organization onto the letter....read more
December 18, 2017 An Open Letter to the US Congress and US State Department: As a US-based human rights, grassroots organizing, solidarity, and civil society organization, we are outraged that presidential candidate Juan Orlando Hernández was declared the winner in...read more
Fighting for Human Rights: Delegation Witnesses the Economic and Political Realities of the Colombian People
By Kristen Treinen “Be proud of your son; he never folded.” - Juan Iván Hurtado Garcia, whose brotherJairo was disappeared by the Colombian government on May 16, 1997 These words continue to haunt us delegates who went to Colombia. Marleny, Jairo Iván Hurtado Garcia's...read more
The deaths of at least 6 rural farmers in Tumaco, Colombia on Thursday, October 5th showed yet again the high cost in human lives and human rights of the "War on Drugs" and its militarized approach. More than 200 rural farmers, or campesinos, were gathered to impede...read more
Struggle and Solidarity: Learning the Truth About the Drug War in Mexico By Luciano A. Ramirez Guerra Our delegation arrived in Mexico City and was greeted by a modern metropolitan environment that was a drastic change in scenery to our group from rural Nebraska. The...read more