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Bolivia to Defend New Coca Law Increasing Crop Production at UN

By: Karina Martín - Mar 13, 2017, 6:28 pm
Bolivia to Defend New Coca Law
The new law to expand coca cultivation permanently legalizes the farming of up to 54,363 acres of coca leaf in the country. (El Pueblo)

EspañolA Bolivian delegation will defend its new law on coca and drug trafficking against a United Nations narcotics commission this week.

According to Deputy Minister of Social Defense and Controlled Substances Felipe Cáceres, two new legal bodies will be introduced to fight against drug trafficking, as well as a new law that increases the amount of coca crops that can be grown.

The delegation will travel to Vienna, Austria, where the Commission of Narcotics of the UN General Assembly will convene March 13th to 15th as part of a review of 2016’s fight against drug trafficking.

 

The new law to expand coca cultivation, questioned in advance by the European Union (EU), permanently legalizes the farming of up to 54,363 acres of coca leaf in the country, almost doubles the current allotted area for farming.

Moreover, the Controlled Substances Act, which is currently under discussion, merges new investigation methods including the payment of witnesses and wiretaps in cases of drug trafficking. Both laws will be presented at the 61st Anti-Drug Commission meeting.

President Evo Morales said he already anticipates that Bolivia has “all the arguments” to justify the increase of coca crops and local, legal consumption for infusions, drinks and ritual use.

Sources: El Deber; La Razón; El Comercio.

Karina Martín Karina Martín

Karina Martín is a Venezuelan reporter with the PanAm Post based in Valencia. She holds a bachelor's degree in Modern Languages from the Arturo Michelena University.

US Captures First Cuban Refugees in Post “Wet Foot, Dry Foot” Era

By: Karina Martín - Mar 13, 2017, 6:16 pm
Cuban Refugees

Español On Sunday, March 12th, 29 Cuban refugees were caught trying to reach Florida by boat. According to authorities, the group of Cubans were with five other people who tried to flee, but were caught and turned over to the United States Coast Guard. Read More: Congressmen Lambast "Shameless" Obama for Ending Cuban Wet Foot, Dry Foot Policy Read More: Twice as Many Cuban Rafters Flee While They Can According to officials of Customs and Border Protection, the group of immigrants was intercepted near the coast of Key Largo. This is the first case in which Cuban immigrants who have attempted to reach American soil since the government of Barack Obama eliminated the "wet foot, dry foot" policy that allowed Cubans to arrive to the US without facing deportation, and qualifying for permanent resident status. On this occasion, they will not be able to count on any migratory benefits and American authorities are investigating if their arrival is linked to a human trafficking operation. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   The only chance that they have to remain in the United States is to open an asylum case and prove a credible fear of persecution if they are returned to Cuba, according to Café Fuerte. The "wet foot, dry foot" measure was adopted by the Clinton administration in 1995, because the Cuban dictatorship refused to accept deported Cubans. From then on, Clinton managed to reach an agreement with Havana to return the rafters that were intercepted at sea, while the United States would accept those who managed to reach the mainland. Now, any Cuban who enters the border "more likely to be a Guatemalan, a Salvadoran or a Mexican," said immigration lawyer Wilfredo Allen. Sources: Cubanet; Telemundo.

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