In addition to the threat of populism, human rights face another distinct, yet related phenomenon: the shrinking of civil society spaces around the world. This refers to a global pattern of repression against civil society organizations whereby governments utilize different methods to shrink the civic space, which is also what makes it so difficult to define and thus, combat.
The drug policy reform movement, albeit with its internal diversity, has one main premise: prohibition of drugs has failed to achieve its goal of reducing both demand and supply for illicit substances. And that failure has come at a painful cost, with massive negative consequences to the poor and vulnerable, by creating an illicit market and fueling organized crime.
In times of an upside down world , achieving global conversations is an urgent challenge. For this, the North and South should talk about their demonstrations against extractive industries. This is suddently a new opportunity to build a global united front for a new world in which other forms of life are included.