Dang Hung Vo Ever heard of how pigs cannot eat water cabbage and rabbits cannot eat carrots in Vietnam? This is apparently the law. Apparently, in the list of cattle food allowed to be used in Vietnam, there is no mention of either water cabbage or carrots, only general terms like "yam," for example. When the law is vague, interpretations can confound. People can argue about whom the law is meant for, what it implies, and so on, but no one can argue that the clearer the law the better it is for everyone who has to follow it. These days, one thing we can get to hear often is the comment that Vietnam is experiencing a "moral crisis," with all the car crashes and stabbing and sexual harassment cases happening recently. Moral crisis or not, one thing has become clear. Our laws are incapable of meting out adequate punishment for moral crimes, because, in the first place, we seem to lack clear definitions of what constitutes a crime. Last month, a teacher in the northern province of Bac … [Read more...] about Vietnamese law seems to have a defining problem
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Viet Nam News Paul Kennedy LONDON — A report carried out by charities in the United Kingdom claims thousands of Vietnamese children are suffering exploitation and abuse as they are smuggled across Europe. The research, conducted by Anti-Slavery International, ECPAT UK and Pacific Links Foundation, alleges different governments across the EU are ‘passing the buck’ when it comes to protecting the vulnerable youngsters. The study, Precarious Journeys: Mapping Vulnerabilities of Victims of Trafficking from Việt Nam to Europe, traces the journeys made by Vietnamese children and adults to the UK. Its findings claim the authorities in countries on key trafficking routes fail to protect youngsters from exploitation. ”Under international law, states have a duty to protect children from trafficking and exploitation,” said Debbie Beadle, director of Programmes at ECPAT UK. “It’s simply not acceptable for states to regard trafficked … [Read more...] about European countries are ‘passing the buck’ and not protecting Vietnamese children: Report
What the future holds for build-operate-transfer (BOT) roads in Vietnam remains unclear since stakeholders, including the authorities, developers and road management enterprises have yet to reach a consensus. The controversy surrounding BOT toll gates, which seems to have subsided for a while, may erupt again The controversy surrounding BOT toll gates, which seems to have subsided for a while, may erupt again. Problems pertaining to BOT projects are on the rise, culminating in the decision by the Vietnam Expressway Services Engineering JSC (VEC E) to refuse to provide services to two cars, which is in effect a ban imposed on road users. What the future holds for build-operate-transfer (BOT) roads in Vietnam remains unclear since stakeholders, including the authorities, developers and road management enterprises have yet to reach a consensus. For example, the Ministry of Transport’s head of Road Safety Department believes that enterprises have the right to refuse service … [Read more...] about The need for PPP laws
Britain is due to leave the European Union on Mar 29. (File photo: AFP/John Thys) A raft of amendments to be voted on by MPs on Tuesday threaten to further muddy the waters as the clock ticks down to Britain's scheduled departure from the EU on Mar 29. Three ultimate scenarios remain - leaving without an official deal, leaving with a very similar deal or no Brexit at all. But each path is fraught with uncertainty, political volatility, constitutional logjams and an increasingly embittered electorate. Here are the potential next steps: NO DEAL Britain is legally on track to leave the EU with or without a deal on Mar 29, unless it delays or stops the process. A no-deal scenario threatens to trigger a recession in Britain and markedly slow the EU's economic growth, as well as causing significant legal disruption. The world's fifth-biggest economy could lose preferential access to its largest export market overnight, affecting every sector, leading to rising costs and disruption at … [Read more...] about What next for Brexit?
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the annual VTB Capital "Russia Calling!" Investment Forum in Moscow. (Pavel Golovkin/POOL/AFP) MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin insisted on Wednesday (Nov 28) that Russian forces were in the right to seize three Ukrainian ships last weekend, but President Donald Trump expressed "deep concern" at Moscow's actions against a US ally. In his first extensive remarks since the confrontation at sea on Sunday, Putin said it had been orchestrated by Kiev as a "provocation". He said the Ukrainian ships had entered Russian territorial waters and refused to respond to requests to stop from Russian patrol boats. "What were they (Russian forces) supposed to do?" Putin said when asked about the incident at an international investment forum in Moscow. "They were fulfilling their military duty. They were fulfilling their lawful functions in protecting Russia's borders. They would do the same in your country." Moscow and Kiev have traded angry accusations … [Read more...] about Putin defends “lawful” seizure of Ukrainian ships