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Drug addicts decrease but trafficking swells

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 11:31 am

The number of people addicted to drugs is slowly reducing, but drug trafficking is on the increase, this was the estimation from the National Committee on AIDS, Drugs and Prostitution, which was held at a ceremony in Hanoi on Friday.

The ceremony was held in order to review the ‘fight on drugs’ over the last ten years.

Since 2007, the number of drug addicts has dropped to 146,000 people nationalwide. Most of them are unemployed and have left school at an early age.

However, younger addicts have increased. In 2001, the number of the addicts below 30 years of age accounted for nearly 58 percent. It has now skyrocketed to over 68 percent. Additionally, the number of people injecting drugs has also increase from 46 to 85 percent.

Furthermore, drug trafficking in Vietnam has changed with now the appearance of new types of ‘crystal synthetic drugs’. This is causing authorities some difficulty in detecting this new form of drug.

Attending the ceremony, Truong Tan Sang, Politburo member and permanent member of the Party’s Central Committee Secretariat, has ordered relevant authorities to increase the fight against the HIV/AIDS, drugs and prostitution.

He said, more investment should be made in building rehabilitation centers and job-training centers should assist in the reintegration, of those that had drug problems, back into the community.

Source: SGGP

Mekong youth discuss human trafficking

In Uncategorized on October 27, 2010 at 5:36 am

Mekong youth discuss human trafficking

QĐND – Tuesday, October 26, 2010, 21:9 (GMT+7)

Five Vietnamese children, together with 25 contemporaries from the Greater Mekong Sub-region countries, are in Bangkok, Thailand for the third Mekong Youth Forum on Human Trafficking and Migration.

The week-long forum aims to inform policy makers and the public about a range of risks children in the region face. Delegates at the forum are also discussing measures to better protect at-risk children and youth from exploitation and trafficking.

Participants from countries, including Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand, will discuss and share their first-hand experiences with migration or trafficking. The five Vietnamese children were selected by 85 delegates at the National Children’s Conference in August.

Nguyen Thi Mai An, 15, from the central Highlands province of Kon Tum, told te English-language daily Vietnam News before her departure that she and her friends would walk along the border near her home to disseminate information about human trafficking to local residents.

They provided the local children with information about human trafficking and held talks and spread the slogans: “Listen to the children’s cry on the other side of borderline” and “Put traffickers into a prison cell!”

She said that the province was home to several ethnic minority groups, so the communication campaign attached importance to understanding the groups’ cultures first.

“Vietnamese children want more information about how to combat human trafficking, as well as how to protect themselves,” said An. “We also want to achieve more cooperation to deal with these issues at the regional forum.”

At the meeting, the participants are using creative methods to tell their stories, discuss human trafficking and migration, and talk about potential future action plans. Groups of artists will work as co-facilitators to help children prepare their own creative presentations.

According to the organiser, the regional forum aims to institutionalise the participation of children and youth in local, national and regional anti-trafficking programmes.

The forum’s results will be discussed by leaders from the region at the Coordinated Mekong Ministerial Initiative against Trafficking’s official meeting.

Between 2004-09, about 1,600 human trafficking cases were reported, involving 2,900 traffickers and 4,000 victims. Most trafficking victims are women and children.

The forum has been co-organised by the International Labour Organisation, World Vision, Save the Children UK and the UN Inter-agency Project on Human Trafficking.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Mekong Youth Forum focuses on human trafficking and migration

In Uncategorized on October 22, 2010 at 11:52 am

A regional forum on human trafficking and migration will be held in Bangkok, Thailand, from October 24-30, aiming to discuss experiences of the problem that becomes a dilemma in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS).

The frontpage of the Mekong Youth Forum website:

The objectives of the 3rd Mekong Youth Forum on Human Trafficking and Migration (MYF3) objectives show policy makers and the public the range of vulnerabilities faced by children and youth in the region, and the value of consulting them in decision making

This week-long forum will bring together 30 children and youth from Cambodia, China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam. The participants will be young advocates who have first-hand migration or trafficking experience, either directly or by a family member. They will use creative arts methodologies to tell their stories, illustrate the situation of children and youth in the region who are vulnerable to trafficking, and put forward recommendations for future action.

Each year, millions of people in the GMS migrate for work, in search of a better life. With long porous borders and socio-economic and demographic disparities, the number of migrants within and from the region is expected to rise. Some children and young people accompany their parents or relatives, while others migrate independently. However, many of these migrants are at risk of abuse and exploitation from unscrupulous brokers, traffickers and employers.
To respond to these abuses, various measures have been taken to protect children, migrants and trafficked persons. In recent years, wide-ranging laws, policies and capacity building programmes have been initiated and implemented to keep migrant children and youth safe. Prevention and protection mechanisms have put thousands of children and young people back into education and training programmes, helped them migrate more safely, withdrawn them from exploitative conditions, and provided assistance for them to return home and reintegrate into society. 
At-risk children and youth, including trafficked persons, have participated in and led programmes focused on awareness-raising on trafficking and safe migration. Organisational capacity to engage children and youth has been enhanced, and platforms have been established for young people to participate in policy dialogue with government officials. 

These contributions reaffirm the capacity of children and young people to create change in matters affecting their lives. It shifts the position of children and youth from beneficiaries to rights holders – who are able to claim these rights, while at the same time having their own duties. Considering children as citizens of society with responsibilities does not depend on their future contribution as adults; children already have the capacity and perspectives required to exercise their rights, responsibilities and to make contributions to society.
Participants of the 3rd Mekong Youth Forum were elected at national level youth forums in the six countries (the national forum and selection guidelines are explained in the Annex). These forums were carried out between June and August 2010, and were organised around the same objectives and guidelines as the regional forum.

The national forums had a working group headed-up by a lead agency, that cooperated closely with co-convenors and other partners concerned with trafficking, migration or child protection issues. Government partners were involved in organising the national forums to the extent possible for future sustainability.

This year, relations were also established with the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children, as well as the ASEAN Migrant Workers Committee.

The event is hosted by the Government of Thailand and co-organised by the International Labour Organization, World Vision, Save the Children UK, and the United Nations Inter-agency Project on Human Trafficking. This forum builds on the Mekong Children’s Forum, 2004 and the Mekong Youth Forum, 2007.         

Source: SGGP

Repatriated trafficking victims to receive more aid

In Uncategorized on August 4, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Repatriated trafficking victims to receive more aid

QĐND – Wednesday, August 04, 2010, 20:36 (GMT+7)

A draft regulation on providing public services for victims of human trafficking was discussed at a two-day workshop in HCM City on August 3.

Officials from 14 southern and central provinces as well as domestic and foreign organisations attended the meeting.

The draft regulation outlines the responsibilities of State agencies, domestic and foreign organisations as well as individuals, according to Dr Le Thi Ha, deputy head of the Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs’ Social Evils Prevention Department.

Services for trafficked victims who return to the country include legal assistance, health care, vocational training, job creation and loan assistance, Ha said.

Because a law on trafficking in women and children has not been enacted, the new regulation would serve as a legal foundation to ensure the victims’ rights and their minimum needs.

Officials and staff in pilot cities and provinces in the Mekong Delta will review a handbook explaining the regulation so that further adjustment of the draft can be made before it is submitted for approval.

As of May 3, 190 trafficked women and children had returned to the country from abroad.

Forty percent of them had been rescued and handed over to authorities, and the remaining returned on their own, according to a report from the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs.

Of that figure, more than 2,500 returnees have received psychological and healthcare assistance and more than 1,000 other returnees have received financial and vocational-training assistance, funded from the State budget.

For the 2011-15 period, the ministry has set a target that 80 percent of repatriated trafficked victims will receive assistance to help them reintegrate into society.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Philippines launches kidney register to fight trafficking

In Uncategorized on June 25, 2010 at 4:51 am

MANILA, June 25, 2010 (AFP) – The Philippines said Friday it is setting up a nationwide organ donor register in a bid to stop the practice of its poor selling their kidneys to make ends meet.

Health Secretary Esperanza Cabral said she hoped the project would help provide donor organs for the estimated 9,000 Filipinos who suffer kidney failure every year.

“We seek not only to improve an important service for many patients… but also to assure that the illegal traffic of organs that has victimised many of our countrymen for many years until 2008 will not be repeated,” she added.

Over the past decade the Philippines has gained an international reputation as a hub for the illegal traffic in human organs from living donors, with some hospitals catering for wealthy foreign patients requiring kidney transplants.

In some poor communities many of the men carry surgical scars on one side of their torsos, after selling a kidney for as little as 3,000 dollars.

In 2008 the government banned the traffic in human organs involving living donors who are not related to the transplant patients, right after signing two international conventions on organ trafficking and transplant tourism.

Cabral said in a statement that the latest move complements the ban by increasing the number of transplants from dead donors, which she said has proven to be effective in other countries.

“Hopefully, with this programme, the international medical community will once again recognise that our country is indeed serious in curtailing illegal organ donation,” she added.

Source: SGGP

US course arms airport staff against wildlife trafficking

In Uncategorized on June 1, 2010 at 3:48 pm

US course arms airport staff against wildlife trafficking

QĐND – Tuesday, June 01, 2010, 22:13 (GMT+7)

A training course on wildlife trafficking prevention was held on June 1 for staff at Noi Bai International Airport with the funding from the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

During the workshop, 70 airport personnel including check-in counter attendants, baggage handlers, customs officers, immigration staff and security officials, were provided with the latest developments of the illegal wildlife trade in the world and its impacts.

They also studied the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, relevant national legislation, smuggling techniques, species identification and the handling of confiscations.

This was the eighth training course of its kind in Southeast Asia. The courses have been held for more than 1,100 participants throughout the region, most recently at SuvarnabhumiInternationalAirport in Bangkok, Thailand and the Kuala LumpurInternationalAirport in Malaysia.

The course has been built for airports around the world and particularly those in Southeast Asia since they have been found to become common points of transit for the illegally smuggled animals.

“It’s time to put a stop to criminals using our airports to smuggle protected and endangered species,” said Nguyen Ngoc Binh, Deputy Director General of Vietnam’s Directorate of Forestry.

Illegal wildlife trafficking within Vietnam has continuously been on the rise with criminals getting more cunning and professional, making it hard for authoritative agencies to detect and control, said an official from the Cu Chi Wildlife Rescue Centre in Ho Chi Minh City.

The centre on May 31 handed over a rare leopard with the scientific name of panthera pardus to the CatTienNational Park in Dong Nai province.

The female leopard was rescued two years ago from illegal captivity. It will lated be released to the jungle.

The Cu Chi Rescue Centre has since 2006 saved 2,000 individuals of 39 species, many of which are invaluable, rare species listed in the red book.

Source: Vietnam+

Source: QDND

Hoa Binh urged to push back drug trafficking

In Uncategorized on May 9, 2010 at 4:48 pm

Hoa Binh urged to push back drug trafficking

QĐND – Sunday, May 09, 2010, 22:2 (GMT+7)

The northern province of Hoa Binh must create fundamental changes to drive back the illegal drug trafficking and transport and stamp out drug smuggling rings. 

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung made the request while working with the provincial leaders on May 8. 

PM Dung urged ministries and authorised agencies to closely coordinate with the province to timely detect and prevent the transport and smuggling of drugs in the two communes. 

He requested the province to mobilise people’s participation in drug prevention through raising their awareness of the harmful effects of drugs and the illegality of drug trafficking. 

The PM also pledged government assistance for the province build to better its socio-economic development plan and seek appropriate plants and animals for local ethnic people. 

The province should also pay more attention to policies on social security, poverty reduction and forest protection while accelerating administrative reform to attain a GDP growth rate of 11.5 percent and per-capita income of VND13.3 million per year and reduce the poverty rate to 14 percent in 2010. 

The same day, PM Dung attended the inauguration of Hoa Binh provincial General Hospital.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Upcoming MTV concert tour aims to end human trafficking

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2010 at 4:58 am

A free concert titled “MTV Exit Live in Hanoi” featuring famous Korean boy-band Super Junior and Australian singer Kate Miller Heidke will be held at Hanoi’s My Dinh Stadium on March 27.

             The Korean boy band Super Junior
The show will also include top local artists like Ha Anh Tuan, Pham Anh Khoa and Phuong Vy.
MTV Exit (MTV End Exploitation and Trafficking) is a campaign to raise awareness and increase prevention of human trafficking in Europe and Asia.

Since the campaign launched in 2004, MTV Exit has created various programs and activities to inform and empower millions of young people around the globe, helping them take action within their communities to stop human trafficking.

MTV Exit is produced by the MTV Europe Foundation in partnership with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Australian Government’s Agency for International Development (AusAID).

After the Hanoi concert, the tour continues to Halong Bay, Can Tho and Ho Chi Minh City, striving to educate youth about the dangers of human trafficking.

The second concert will be held on April 3 in Halong Bay – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tour then moves on to Can Tho on April 10.

The final event featuring American band The Click Five – recipients of the Knockout Award at the MTV Asia Awards – will be held in HCMC at the Military Zone No.7 Stadium on April 17. The band is an avid supporter of MTV Exits’ initiatives to end human trafficking.

MTV Exit has now held 15 concerts to raise awareness about human trafficking across Asia over the past two years, including events in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Nepal, Taiwan and the Philippines.

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Bush-meat, wildlife trafficking at alarm levels

In Social life on March 22, 2010 at 4:08 pm

Bush-meat, wildlife trafficking at alarm levels

QĐND – Monday, March 22, 2010, 20:38 (GMT+7)

Vietnam’s ecosystem was seriously threatened by the widespread consumption of wild meat and trafficking of wildlife, experts said that at a recent conference.

Urgent action was needed on several fronts to prevent the destruction of the nation’s wildlife and their habitat, they said.

They called for strengthened, more effective public awareness campaigns against hunting and trafficking in wild animals and for the inclusion of this subject in the school curriculum, especially in rural areas.

Tom Osbon of the Vietnam-based Wildlife Management Office stressed the need to legalise multi-sectoral co-operation in preventing, discovering and punishing forest violations in order to protect wild animals effectively.

“It’s also very important to establish special inspectors in localities which record a high number of violations,” he added.

Dr Scott Roberton, head of Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), said that hunting wild animals for meat and trafficking had been happening in many countries, especially developing countries.

In Vietnam, hunting and trade animals had been alarming, he said.

A WCS study conducted at 200 restaurants in the central region found they consumed nearly 2 million wild animals per year. Among them, stag and wild boar accounted for around 70 percent of the consumed meat, followed by turtle, snake, fox and porcupine.

The study estimated the demand of wild animal consumption nationwide at nearly 4,500 tonnes per year.

The Forest Protection Department discovered 1,042 violations of wild animal protection laws last year, a decrease of 400 cases over 2008, the conference heard.

Dr. Nguyen Viet Dung, deputy head of the Centre for People and Nature Reconciliation, said that the real number was much higher.

Roberton added that Vietnam was also an important link in the international wild animal trafficking chain.

Last year, authorities found more than six tonnes of elephant tusks trafficked from Africa to Hai Phong City.

And, in 2008, more than 20 tonnes of pangolins (anteaters) and their scales were seized in Vietnam as they were being trafficked to China.

The Mong Cai Border Gate was one of places where wild animal trafficking is frequent.

Over the last two years, authorities have discovered 57 cases of trafficking in wild animals involving more than 7,612 individuals including monkeys and Tibetan bears and elephant tusks.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Tri-national delegates discuss cross-border drug trafficking

In Uncategorized on November 26, 2008 at 3:31 pm

HA NOI — More than 60 delegates from Viet Nam, Cambodia and Laos met in the Lao capital of Vientiane yesterday to discuss measures to beef up co-operation in the fight against cross-border drug trafficking.

Participants at the eighth ministerial meeting reported on drug control strategies in each country and reviewed co-operation between the three nations in the control of illicit drugs in the past year.

They unanimously ag-reed to enhance co-operation and to increase the flow of information between their law enforcement agencies in a bid to monitor and prevent the illegal transport of addictive substances.

The delegates also ag-reed to implement several bilateral, multilateral, regional and international co-operation agreements with the aim of turning the ASEAN nations and China into a drug-free region by 2015.

Within the framework of the meeting, the drug control agencies of Viet Nam and Laos deliberated their own co-operation on drug control.

Drug control officers

The two sides signed a memorandum of understanding, under which their relevant agencies will continue to abide by the 1998 Agreement, the 1999 Plan of Action and other compacts previously signed by the two nations.

In addition, Viet Nam pledged to continue assisting Laos in the training of drug- control officers.

The Lao Prime Minister, Bouasone Bouphavanh, attended the meeting and delivered an opening speech to an audience.

Among those in attendance were the Deputy Minister of Public Security, Le The Tiem, a member of the Viet Nam National Committee on AIDS, Drug and Prostitution Control; Soubanh Srithirath, Minister to the Lao Presidential Office and chairman of the Lao National Commission for Drug Control and Supervision; and Ang Vong Vathana, the Cambodian Minister of Justice and vice-chairman of the National Authority for Combating Drugs.

The ninth ministerial meeting on drug control between the three countries will take place in Viet Nam next year. —