Society

UN office eager to increase links with Vietnamese police

The United Nations Office on Drug and Crimes (UNODC) wants to further strengthen cooperation with the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security to control trans-border drug trafficking and combat crimes, especially newly emerging ones.
Society

Child sex tourism slides under law

Sexual abuse of children has been increasing in Vietnam, especially in tourist destinations, but the country's Penal Code lacks a clause directly governing child sex tourism crimes, according to a joint survey from the Ministry of Justice and the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC).
Society

Meeting looks to tackle rise in transnational crime

Criminal activities in Vietnam have been getting more and more sophisticated and difficult to control in recent years, with transnational and foreign-related cases on the increase, said Pham Quy Ngo, Deputy Minister of Public Security at a meeting to discuss drugs and crime held in Hanoi on April 27.
Society

Vietnam joins war on child sex tourism

Child sex tourism is not mentioned specifically in Vietnamese legislation, but there are fears that it can be growing as the nation makes big advances in attracting holiday makers - and as Vietnamese themselves move more and more around the country.
Society

Vietnam opposes Human Rights Watch report

The Human Rights Watch’s recent report on forced labour and abuses in drug detention centres in Vietnam is groundless and distorts the reality in Vietnam with bad intention, the Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Nguyen Phuong Nga said in Hanoi on Sept. 9.
Society

Vietnam steps up fight against wildlife trade

Representatives from key international and Vietnamese organisations are attending a workshop on strengthening international collaboration to tackle the illegal trans-border wildlife trade in Hanoi from December 2-3.
Politics

UNODC helps fight money laundering activities

The Ministry of Public Security (MPS) and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) opened a training course for executive and judicial officers on skills to detect and prevent money laundering in Ho Chi Minh City on Nov. 11.
Society

Law on anti-human trafficking needed, says Minister

Justice Minister Ha Hung Cuong stressed the need to promulgate a law on the prevention and fight against human trafficking in the circumstance of human trafficking, especially in women and children has become more complex.
Society

UNODC former chief representative honoured

The Committee for Ethnic Minorities has presented an insignia for the cause of ethnic minority group development to Jason William John Eligh, former acting chief representative of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
Greater Mekong Sub-region serious on drug control Society

Greater Mekong Sub-region serious on drug control

Senior officials of the signatories to the Memorandum of Understanding on Drug Control among Greater Mekong Subregion (MOU process) flocked to Da Nang city in central Vietnam on May 12 for a three-day meeting.
ASEAN

Laos serious about drug control

A Lao anti-drug leader has called on the international community to back the nation’s 2009-13 programme on drug control in an effort to turn the vision of a drug-free ASEAN into reality by 2015.