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Can Indonesia and Southeast Asia afford to lose another decade to war on drugs?

  • Ann Fordham

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London   /   Tue, October 23, 2018   /  11:02 am
Can Indonesia and Southeast Asia afford to lose another decade to war on drugs? Cambodian officials torch a pile of drugs during a destruction ceremony to mark the UN's. (AFP/Tang Chhin)

Southeast Asia is characterized by some of the harshest and most repressive approaches to drugs in the world. Have these draconian measures resulted in the desired effect of a reduced drug market? Can ASEAN claim that progress is being made toward the goal of a “drug-free” region?

These are important questions as the end date of the 10-year global drug strategy agreed at the United Nations draws near. Governments are set to meet next March at a high-level UN meeting in Vienna to review progress made over the past decade and define future directions for global drug policy. If we are to take stock of how countries in Southeast Asia have dealt with drugs over the past decade, the violence meted out by the use of the death penalty and state-sanctioned extrajudicial killings would surely stand out as grim highlights. 

Take for example Indonesia. ...

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