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Issue 87 | August 02, 2016

A quick and easy update of the latest UNODC and international drugs and crime news. Can't read this newsletter? View it online here.


UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov calls for human traffickers and migrant smugglers to be stopped as part of overall response to refugee crisis. Photo: UNODC We know how to fight this fight says UNODC head at Vienna human trafficking event 

Speaking at a special event marking World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov said that human traffickers and migrant smugglers were profiting from misery. Mr. Fedotov said: "Armed conflicts and humanitarian crises expose those caught in the crossfire to increased risk of being trafficked for sexual exploitation, forced labour, organ removal, servitude and other forms of slavery." [Read more] 

On Nelson Mandela Day, 18 July, UNODC's Chief calls on every country to ensure that the Nelson Mandela Rules of prisoner treatment make a difference to the lives of prisoners globally. Image: UNOV. UNODC calls for humane prison conditions on Nelson Mandela International Day

Since 2010, the United Nations celebrates 18 July as Nelson Mandela International Day to recognise the former South African President's outstanding contribution to a culture of peace and freedom. With Mr. Mandela's memory in mind, who himself had to spend 27 years of his life in prison, the General Assembly adopted the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners as "the Nelson Mandela Rules". [Read more]

UNODC hosts discussion on the protection of human rights in vulnerable situations during large movements of people. Photo: UNODC States discuss the protection of human rights in vulnerable situations during large movements of people

In preparation of the General Assembly-hosted High-Level Meeting on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants, to be held on 19 September, UNODC and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights jointly organized a Global Migration Group discussion in recent days on protecting the human rights of all people in vulnerable situations within large movements. [Read more]


The 2015 Peru Coca Survey was presented in Lima by UNODC and the country's Government. Photo: UNODC New report: Peru coca crop continues to decline in 2015

The latest Peru Coca Survey has been presented in Lima, showing a decrease in the surface used for coca leaf crops of more than 6 per cent, or more than 2,500 hectares (ha) in 2015, when compared to 2014. The report, jointly produced by UNODC and the country's Government, indicates that the area used for cultivating the raw material for cocaine production fell from 42,900 hectares to 40,300 hectares. [Read more] 


2015 Colombia Coca Survey is launched on 8 July 2016. Photo: UNODC Coca crops in Colombia increase almost 40 per cent over one year: new UNODC report

The latest Colombia Coca Survey, jointly produced by UNODC and the country's Government, was released recently showing an increase of almost 40 per cent in the coca crop area - from 69,000 hectares (ha) in 2014 to 96,000 ha in 2015. Furthermore, this figure is twice the size of the coca cultivation surface in 2013, which was of 48,000 ha. [Read more]


The 2015 Bolivia Coca Crop Monitoring Survey was launched today in La Paz. Photo: UNODC UNODC Monitoring Survey reports stabilisation of coca bush cultivation in Bolivia during 2015

In 2015, coca bush cultivation declined 1 per cent in Bolivia compared to the previous year, according to the latest Coca Crop Monitoring Survey launched in La Paz by UNODC and the country's Government. In this period the surface under cultivation declined from 20,400 hectares (ha) to 20,200 ha. The surface under coca cultivation in 2015 is the lowest since UNODC began its monitoring survey in 2003. [Read more] 

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