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About Luciana Pol

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Luciana Pol, an Argentine sociologist, is a Senior Fellow in Security Policy and Human Rights at the Center for Legal and Social Studies (CELS). Her main areas of work are drug policy and human rights, security policies and social protest.

Luciana Pol es una socióloga argentina, investigadora senior en Política de Seguridad y Derechos Humanos en el Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales (CELS). Sus principales áreas de trabajo son las políticas de drogas y los derechos humanos, las políticas de seguridad y la protesta social.

Articles by Luciana Pol

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

After an insubstantial UN drugs summit last month, what’s left for Latin America?

The global crackdown on drugs has spurred violence akin to war in some Latin American countries. But the world’s historically powerful countries are still reluctant to confront a problem they don’t recognise as their own. Español

Qué quedó para los países Latinoamericanos luego de la insubstancial cumbre de la ONU sobre drogas

En algunos países latinoamericanos, las políticas de mano dura contra las drogas han generado niveles de violencia similares a los de una guerra. Sin embargo, los países centrales siguen siendo reacios a hacer frente a un problema que no reconocen como propio. English

Where do we go from here? The drug policy debate continues

The global drug prohibition model stokes human rights violations across the world, despite the recent UN drug summit. What can be done? openDemocracy and the Center for Legal and Social Studies (CELS) explore in our ongoing partnership.

Las políticas de drogas operan como una caja de Pandora.

Unas políticas que deberían ser estrategias sanitarias terminaron convertidas en un  sistema punitivo, ampliando la violencia y las brechas sociales, las inequidades económicas, las diferencias políticas y las asimetrías internacionales. English

Pandora’s box: the real impact of drug policies

Policies that should simply have been health strategies, have actually opened the door to a punitive system which has accelerated violence, socio-economic gaps, and international asymmetries. Can we close ‘Pandora’s box’? Español

Unravelling the human cost of global drug policy

Why has drug prohibition had so many negative effects on communities and human rights? What changes are needed? openDemocracy and the Center for Legal and Social Studies (CELS) introduce a new partnership.

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