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Indonesia takes softer approach with drug users

JAKARTA (UCAN): Church leaders and activists in Indonesia welcomed what they think is a possible softening in the government’s hardline drug policy after the anti-narcotics agency said it would push for drug users to be rehabilitated rather than imprisoned.
 
The move was announced on June 26 when the Indonesia National Narcotics Agency (BNN) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) agreed on June 26, the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, to boost cooperation in rehabilitation efforts for drug addicts.

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Drug purge success or sham?

MANILA (SE): “The fight against crime is apparently becoming a looming state-sanctioned cover for a policy of summary executions and extrajudicial killings,” Leila de Lima, a former secretary for justice and currently member of the senate, wrote in filing a resolution on July 13 seeking a congressional investigation into the mass murder of civilians. 

Under the current president, Rodrigo Duterte, around 300 dead bodies have been found strewn around the country since polling day on May 9.

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A nation is mute as door opens to genocide

HONG KONG (SE): “This morning my neighbours were shot. A father and a son. I know they used cocaine, but they were good people and helped me on many occasions. It was brutal and horrible. The shouting and cursing—then the gunshots. They look sickening,” a report from Zamboanga del Sur received on July 12 says.

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The destructive trade in dangerous drugs

Young people by the thousands are dropping dead after stuffing chemicals into their bodies to forget their problems or just to get an exciting high to overcome their inhibitions.

A few weeks ago at an open air dance concert in Manila, another five people collapsed on the dancefloor and died, either on the spot or later in hospital from a presumed drug overdose.








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Pharmaceutical firm bans drug sales for lethal injections

WASHINGTON (CNS): “Pfizer makes its products to enhance and save the lives of the patients we serve. Consistent with these values, Pfizer strongly objects to the use of its products as lethal injections for capital punishment,” said a March 28 statement by the big pharmaceutical company, made public on May 13.

Karen Clifton, executive director of the Catholic Mobilising Network to End the Use of the Death Penalty, hailed the action.

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