Defense ministry suggests building coast guard law Quang Chung HCMC – The Ministry of National Defense has proposed the Government make a Coast Guard Law to better safeguard the nation’s sovereignty and sovereign rights, and promote national jurisdiction in the waters of Vietnam. In a report sent to the Government, the ministry said the country’s coast guard force has been expanded substantially after 18 years of operation, which makes several regulations in the Ordinance on Vietnam Coast Guard unsuitable with the current situation. The ordinance regulates the function and duty of the country’s coast guard force but does not make clear its function of protecting the country’s sovereignty, sovereign rights and jurisdiction at sea. Current laws have not mandated the task of dealing with situations related to maritime security and defense of the Vietnam Coast Guard. Meanwhile, the sovereignty, security, order and safety in Vietnam’s waters have been challenged, prompting the defense ministry to make such a proposal. The ministry suggests the Government upgrade the Ordinance into the Law on Vietnam Coast Guard. The law will inherit provisions of the ordinance, legalize and amend some regulations to prepare for unexpected situations which may arise. The Vietnam Coast Guard is a specialized law enforcement force that is tasked with protecting the country’s sovereignty, sovereign rights, and jurisdiction, ensuring national security, social order and safety in accordance with Vietnamese law and international treaties to which Vietnam is a signatory.