Regional summit to battle synthetic drug trade begins in Hanoi today

VietNamNet Bridge – With no more tears to cry, Lo Thi Xam’s only hope is that her two sons can “love their mother more”. The Thai ethnic lady, living in Phat Village, Long Sap Ward, lost her husband to a drug overdose nearly ten years ago. Unfortunately, her sons seem to be on the same path. Lo Thi Xam (middle) has two sons undergoing drug treatments. — Photo nhandan.com.vn “In 2010, my husband became addicted to drugs. After that, he went to work in Laos for food and drugs, then died there in 2012. At least his remains were shipped home for burial,” she said. After the death of her husband, all Xam’s love is for her two sons, Ha Van Huong and Ha Van Hung. However, they began using heroin and quickly became addicted. Hung is undergoing compulsory detoxification while Huong is being treated with methadone.   “My friends dropped out of school and started using drugs at a young age. Now, ten of them are in rehab. The village has no more young people,” Huong said. Huong and Hung are only two of 197 drug abusers living in the area, according to Lo Van Duc, head of Long Sap Ward’s Police Department. Buoc Pat, an isolated village about 27km from the district’s centre, is home to many drug addicts. “Some died, some are in rehab, some are imprisoned while others work in Laos for drugs,” said Duc. The situation is similar in the neighbouring villages of Chieng Khua,…... [read more]

Illustrative image. Source: ASEAN.org) Manila (VNA) – Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh has highlighted the significance of ensuring peace and stability, including maritime security, as the shared interest of all states in and outside the region. Addressing the 24th ASEAN Regional Forum in Manila, the Philippines, on August 7, the Deputy PM underlined concerns about reinforcement, construction and militarisation activities at sea. He proposed the maintenance of the existing principles and stances on the East Sea that are stated in the documents of ASEAN and between the association its partners, especially those related to the settlement of disputes through peaceful methods without using or threatening to use forces, and the respect for international law, the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, as well as diplomatic and legal processes. He called on partners and the international community to continue supporting efforts of ASEAN and China, speeding up the negotiation on the formation of a Code of Conduct in the East Sea in an effective and legally binding manner. He also suggested the reinforcement and expansion of dialogue and trust-building measures, forming a common perspective as well as capacity in implementing preventive diplomacy. At the forum, the ministers agreed on the need to promote the role of the ARF as the leading forum on dialogue and security cooperation as well as the building of trust and preventive diplomacy, contributing to ensuring peace, stability and stability in the Asia-Pacific region. …... [read more]

NDO/VNA – Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh has highlighted the significance of ensuring peace including maritime security, as the shared interest of all states in and outside the region. Addressing the 24thASEAN Regional Forum in Manila, the Philippines, on August 7, the Deputy PM underscored concerns about reinforcement, construction and militarisation activities at sea. He proposed the maintenance of the existing principles on the East Sea that are stated in the documents of ASEAN and between the association and its partners, especially those related to the settlement of disputes through peaceful methods without using or threatening to use armed forces, the respect for international law, the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, as well as diplomatic and legal processes. He called on partners and the international community to continue supporting efforts of ASEAN and China, speeding up the negotiation on the formation of a Code of Conduct in the East Sea in an effective and legally binding manner. He also suggested the reinforcement and expansion of dialogue and trust-building measures, forming a common perspective as well as the capacity in implementing preventive diplomacy. At the forum, the ministers agreed on the need to promote the role of the ARF as the leading forum on dialogue and security cooperation as well as the building of trust and preventive diplomacy, contributing to ensuring peace, stability and stability in the Asia-Pacific region. They concurred to continue implementing the Hanoi Plan of…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh has highlighted the significance of ensuring peace including maritime security, as the shared interest of all states in and outside the region. Addressing the 24thASEAN Regional Forum in Manila, the Philippines, on August 7, the Deputy PM underscored concerns about reinforcement, construction and militarisation activities at sea. He proposed the maintenance of the existing principles on the East Sea that are stated in the documents of ASEAN and between the association and its partners, especially those related to the settlement of disputes through peaceful methods without using or threatening to use armed forces, the respect for international law, the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, as well as diplomatic and legal processes. He called on partners and the international community to continue supporting efforts of ASEAN and China, speeding up the negotiation on the formation of a Code of Conduct in the East Sea in an effective and legally binding manner. He also suggested the reinforcement and expansion of dialogue and trust-building measures, forming a common perspective as well as the capacity in implementing preventive diplomacy. At the forum, the ministers agreed on the need to promote the role of the ARF as the leading forum on dialogue and security cooperation as well as the building of trust and preventive diplomacy, contributing to ensuring peace, stability and stability in the Asia-Pacific region. They concurred to continue implementing the Hanoi Plan of…... [read more]

At the meeting, Deputy Prime Minister Truong Vinh Trong praised the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL) and Hai Duong province for their firm resolve in combating drugs in recent times. He asked them to instruct all grassroots-level agencies to put into action a Political Bureau directive on enhancing the Party leadership’s role in drug prevention and control and distribute the anti-drug law and related legislation amongst their staff. Trade unions should make their employees fully aware of the harmful effects of drugs to their health and strive towards the goal of ‘No drugs in the family, community and workplace,’ said Mr Trong. He asked trade unions to work closely with the police to examine and estimate the number of drug addicts, adopt appropriate models of detoxification and crack down on drug hot spots especially amongst employees to keep the scourge of drugs off the business circle. He urged the trade unions to set up funds for drug and HIV/AIDS control and to encourage enterprises to provide capital and create jobs for detoxified ex-addicts. “The trade unions must cooperate with the relevant ministries and agencies to draw up a drug control programme for their employees in the 2010-2015 period. It should emphasise the employers’ role in fulfilling their social corporate responsibility for employees and their commitment to carrying out HIV/AIDS control programmes,” said the Deputy PM. After the meeting, 190,000 employees took part in a demonstration along major streets in Hai Duong City and at industrial zones in response to…... [read more]

Sharing the borders with Laos and China and being located near the “Golden Triangle”, Vietnam’s northwestern region is under a lot of pressure from illegal production, trafficking and drug use. This region is where the poppies are mostly grown and the drugs are then transported to other places throughout the country. Two years after implementing plan 83 on drug controls in north western and nearly provinces and cities, drastic measures have been taken to deal with the drugs rings. A Voice of Vietnam (VOV) reporter interviewed the Major General and the Deputy Head of the Police General Department under the Ministry of Public Security, Vu Hung Vuong, on this issue. Reporter: What is your assessment of drug controls after two years of implementing plan 83? Mr Vuong: The plan has resulted in some positive changes to the public awareness of drug controls. The provinces have worked together more closely to help drug addicts to kick the habit while cracking down on drug traffickers and gradually preventing the illegal trans- national transport of drug. Box: From June 2008 to June 2009, the Police Force in charge of drug crime investigations in the northwestern region discovered and investigated nearly 3,500 drug-related cases involving more than 5,000 person, 10 percent more than last year’s figure. The other provinces and cities also detected 4,552 cases involving 6,399 persons. Reporter: According to the security agencies, there remain complex implications over drug controls. What are the most important ones? Mr Vuong: Drug prevention activities in the…... [read more]

In his speech, Deputy Prime Minister Truong Vinh Trong said that to make the public fully aware of the harmful effects of drugs to health and the country’s development, the State and Party have issued Law on Drug Prevention and Control. The Government has developed a national plan and programme on drug prevention and control and considers it a task for the whole political system and the people. Over the past few years, he said, Vietnam has achieved many positive results in drug prevention such as cracking down on drugs rings and providing detoxification to tens of thousands of drug users. However, drug prevention and control activities are very irregular. Deputy PM Trong asked all ministries, departments, local authorities and individuals, especially students and pupils to fight against drug-related crimes, upgrade methods of detoxification and help people that have finished detoxification to re-integrate into the community. On behalf of the United Nations in Vietnam, Narumi Yamada announced the UN General Secretary’s message on International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. The message marks the centenary of drug control across the globe. It underlines that drug-related crimes threaten the security of many countries, so all UN member countries must fully follow the UN Convention against Transnational Organised Crime and the UN Convention Against Corruption to fulfill the Millennium Development Goals.... [read more]

The First Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Vietnam, Pham Binh Minh, noted that Vietnam has adopted the Law on Drug Prevention and Control, established the National Committee on Drug Prevention and Control, and endorsed the Master Plan and National Target Programme on Drug Prevention and Control until 2010. He further said that the country has ratified the three UN conventions on drug control and expanded cooperation with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and regional countries, especially those in the Mekong-sub region. Vietnam has recently signed 8 bilateral agreements on drug control with Cambodia, Laos, China, Russia, Thailand, Myanmar, Hungary and the US, Minh added. The Vietnamese official expressed his concern about the complicated developments of drug-related crimes which are growing in a more sophisticated manner and called for international joint efforts in the prevention and control of such dangerous crimes, with the UN entities, particularly the UNODC, playing a crucial role in the fight against drug trafficking.... [read more]

The project was launched in Hanoi on March 19 by the Standing Office on Drugs and Crime under the Ministry of Public Security. It was funded by the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), with a total of US$2,869,000, including US$2,390,000 in the form of official development assistance (ODA). The three-year project will increase the capacity of national drug control agencies and build drug control data base to help ministries, agencies and localities coordinate their efforts in managing drug users. At the launch ceremony, Major General Vu Hung Vuong, deputy head of the General Department for Crime Prevention under the Ministry of Public Security, said the project demonstrates the effective cooperation between Vietnam and the Republic of Korea as it responds to a national programme on drug prevention and control, aimed at building a drug-free ASEAN by 2015. Major General Vuong expressed his thanks to the Korean Government and relevant agencies and pledged to do his best to make the project a success. Heo Chul-ho, head of the Department for Drug Prevention and Control under the Supreme Prosecution of the Republic of Korea, said his agency has cooperated effectively with ASEAN-member countries, including Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and the Philippines, in combating drug-related crime. The cooperation between Vietnam and the Republic of Korea will help both countries consolidate mutual trust and boost bilateral relations, he added.... [read more]

Addressing the event, Deputy Prime Minister Truong Vinh Trong, who is also Chairman of the National Committee for HIV/AIDS, Drugs and Prostitution Prevention and Control, praised the Ministry of Public Security as well as concerned ministries, sectors and localities for their performance in the fight against drug abuse. Many regional cities and provinces have successfully combined the work with their socio-economic development activities, hunger elimination and poverty reduction, said Mr Trong, who is also Head of the Steering Committee for the Northwestern Region. However, the deputy PM pointed out a number of shortcomings facing the drug prevention work, including shortages of funding and competent personnel while legal documents and policies failing to catch up with the reality. Mr Trong said the fight should focus on increasing public awareness, especially stepping up the dissemination of laws in this field to ethnic minority people. Mass media agencies need to take a more active part in the campaign against this social evil, the deputy PM added. Statistics released at the conference showed that since 2009, over 7,200 drug-related criminal cases have been detected in northwestern provinces and cities. With more than 9,300 people arrested, down 9.9 percent and 18.4 percent respectively. A total of 214 kg of heroin, almost 27 kg of opium, VND6.8 billion, 13 firearms and four grenades were seized during drug-related investigations. More than 16,000 drug addicts in the regional cities and provinces were sent to detoxification facilities, while nearly 29 hectares of drug-containing plants were destroyed. On this occasion,…... [read more]




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