CT #26 Towards a Transitional Justice for the Reform of the Drug Prohibition Regime

The implementation of the global regime of prohibition has had a long history of human rights violations and extortion, which has infringed Mexico’s sovereignty since the turn of the 20th century. Given the human cost of the war on drugs, various groups of citizens have fought on their own looking forward to: 1) reforming anti-drug policies throughout the regulation and implementation of damage-reduction policies, and 2) guaranteeing access to justice and reconciliation for communities and individuals who have been victims of violence connected to war, using social networks, public events, and strategic litigation.

As a result of my research into the history of drugs and drug trafficking, I recommend the creation of analytical tools and social mobilization like those proposed by transitional justice literature during the 20th century. I propose the creation of truth commissions that evaluate the damage caused by the war on drugs since the establishment of the global regime of prohibition around the turn of the 20th century up to the present day –specially when the United States is involved–, in order to repair the damage inflicted by the war.

Key words: global prohibition regime, ilegal drugs, violence victims, transitional justice, truth commission.

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