(Mexico City, October 30, 2018, 11:30 am) “The new government led by Andrés Manuel López Obrador will assume its responsibility in the area of drug regulation adopting a new paradigm of respect for human rights and with full recognition of Mexican sovereignty, “said Alejandro Encinas, the next deputy secretary of Human Rights and Migration.
During his speech at the Opening Dialogue: Breaking the Taboo, at the inauguration of the VII Latin American Conference and II Mexican Conference on Drug Policy, he noted that “the prohibitionist policy in the fight against drugs has had a resounding failure and for Mexico has had serious consequences in 12 years”.
The future official explained that “it has cost the lives of more than 250 thousand people, the disappearance of 38 thousand people, 1050 clandestine graves, 26 thousand unidentified bodies and about 250 thousand Mexican and displaced Mexicans. And yet, today there is more production, more consumption, the type of drugs has diversified, the average age of consumption of first drugs has decreased, there has been an empowerment of criminal groups and this has led to levels of violence and insecurity ”
Therefore, he said, “it is time to define a new position on this issue, where the criminalization of those who use drugs is avoided, leaving behind a prohibitionist policy by regulation, with clear restrictions where the State firmly regulates production, distribution, consumption and attention”.
At the inauguration of # Confedrogas2018 that takes place in Mexico City, Miguel Ruiz Cabañas, current undersecretary for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, also participated. He said that “all drugs must be regulated but not under the same parameters “. It is important, he said, “to make alliances among authorities, civil organizations, congresses, to advance human policies that allow the generations to live in a less violent world”.
On the other hand, Ana Pecova, director of EQUIS Justice for Women, stressed the urgency of a change of direction in Mexico.
“Faced with advances from the ultra right, Mexico is one of the few points of hope in the entire region. For more than a decade we have been fighting a senseless war based on prohibitionism, which promoted militarization throughout the country. This war has affected different groups in a different way. It has changed, for example, the dynamics of violence that women experience. In 2007, the violent deaths of women in the public space by firearms have surpassed the deaths in the domestic space, in addition this war has promoted the mobilization of an army of women seeking justice and a policy of persecution since women are the penitentiary group with the highest growth rate in the penitentiary system and dogas crime is the first cause at the federal level “.
For his part, the Coordinator of the Organizing Committee of Confedrogas and responsible for the Institutional Relations area of Intercambios AC of Argentina, Pablo Cymerman, explained that when violence is the primary form of regulation of illegal markets, the traffic of prohibited substances is accompanied for the trafficking of people and weapons, territorial disputes, corruption and the breakdown of democratic institutions, especially the security forces and the legislative, executive and enforcement institutions.
Giselle Amador, Minister of Health of Costa Rica said that in the countries of the region there is now a decline in social policies, especially in the area of drugs. “I hope that this reflection makes visible the need to focus on the person, public health, human rights to have a proper policy to guide the work of our countries in the matter.”
Amaya Ordorica, member of the international group Regulation for Peace, said that the change in drug policy must be built from below, from organizations, from the streets. “If we do not constantly accompany each other, we monitor the process, we demand our rights, nothing is going to change. That is why we also propose measures to repair the damage and a process of truth and justice. ”
# Confedrogas2018 is the largest international debate on drug policies in the region organized by civil society. Specialists, authorities, researchers, organizations and populations affected by the policies implemented in more than 20 countries, meet to conduct a thorough analysis of the impact and alternatives to current drug control policies.
In its seventh edition, the big event organized by the Confedrogas consortium comes to Mexico for the second time. Equis Justice for Women is the local organizer and has the support of Reverdeser Colectivo and the RIA Institute.