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
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Charges being considered are “Harboring illegal use of narcotics” and “Forcing/Inducing other people into illegal use of narcotics.” If charged, those held responsible could end up serving between one and 15 years in prison. Drug users will be fined VND500,000 to VND1 million ($22 to $44). Seven people died and five others were admitted to hospitals after overdosing on drugs during the Vietnam Electronic Weekend (VEW) Festival at the West Lake Water Park in Tay Ho District Sunday night. All 12 people, between 18 and 29 years old, tested positive for methamphetamine, amphetamine, ecstasy, and marijuana. At the scene of the festival, police found balloons containing nitrous oxide and unidentified pills. Following the deaths, Hanoi on Monday announced the suspension of all music festivals until further notice. Lax security Witnesses said security was lax at the festival. Quang, a Hanoian who was there on Sunday night, told VnExpress that security checks were … [Read more...] about Hanoi investigates music fest deaths amidst a passing-the-buck game
The forum included three sessions with three respective themes, namely challenges and efforts to share universal values on the basis of the rule of law, response to natural disasters, and the vision to deepen the ASEAN-Japan defense cooperation. An overview of the forum Participants shared the view that the respect of international law is decisive to peace and stability in the region and around the world. However, competition among the world’s powers, arms races and unilateral attempts to change the status quo not only pose many challenges to international law but also threaten freedom and openness, a platform of peace and prosperity in the region. Sharing the same views on the importance of respecting international law, Senior Lieutenant General Vinh stressed the need for countries to correctly understand, exactly and objectively interpret international law, while fully and seriously implementing international treaties and agreements that they have signed to … [Read more...] about ASEAN, Japan share universal values on the basis of the rule of law
Friday's Tale Who is the real player? Phuong Thao Friday, Dec 2, 2016,20:49 (GMT+7) Who is the real player?Phuong Thao Due to its misleading fish sauce test results, the Vietnam Standard and Consumers Association (Vinastas) last week issued an official apology to consumers, fish sauce producers, distributors and authorities. Nonetheless, the damaging impact of the wrongful survey is so huge that it might take the country’s traditional fish sauce industry a long time to recover. Vinastas chairman Doan Phuong said in a statement that the survey team was confused by the term “arsenic” as defined by the Vietnam Encyclopedia. This is meant to explain why the association did not make clear whether arsenic is in its organic or inorganic form. The survey simply claimed traditionally made fish sauce contained a higher-than-permitted level of arsenic, which was later ascertained as organic. Arsenic is highly toxic in its … [Read more...] about Who is the real player?
The new law will give more power to police to take pre-emptive actions against terror suspects (Photo: Reuters/VNA) Jakarta (VNA) – Indonesia approved a new anti-terrorism law which will grant more power to police to take pre-emptive actions against terror suspects. The move comes after the country has suffered from a series of deadly attacks from Islamic extremists in recent years. According to the new law, police will be allowed to detain terror suspects for as long as 21 days, up from the current one week. Police will also be able to charge people for joining or recruiting for a terrorist organisation at home or abroad. The bill had been stalled for almost two years as Indonesian parliament argued over key details, including how to define terrorism. However, the suicide bombings on churches and police station in Surabaya city on May 13-14 that killed 13 people heaped pressure on lawmakers to pass the bill. President Joko Widodo threatened to issue an emergency … [Read more...] about Indonesia passes new anti-terrorism law