Animal conservation website TRAFFIC reported Wednesday that Tran Van Sang, was sentenced to 19 years by the Kuala Kangsar Sessions Court on 10 charges under the Wildlife Conservation Act. He had been arrested in August 2017 in Sungai Siput town for possessing 273 body parts from tigers, leopards, cloud leopards, sun bears and sambar deer. All except sambar are classified as Totally Protected Species under Malaysian law. Ho Van Kien, 40, besides a jail sentence, also received a fine of $100,000 on six charges of illegally possessing tiger, leopard and sun bear parts. He has been arrested last July in an industrial area in Kuala Lupis, Pahang State, along with five other Vietnamese. But the five have been granted discharge not amounting to acquittal by the court. At least 15 Vietnamese nationals were arrested in Malaysia for tiger-related crimes between 2016 and 2018, TRAFFIC said. Vietnam is a hotspot for illegal wildlife trafficking, with products like elephant ivory, tiger bones, … [Read more...] about Malaysia jails two Vietnamese, one for 19 years, for possessing wildlife parts
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Illustration by Trịnh LậpViet Nam News by Mary Pecaut I first set foot in Việt Nam in 2014. As a US citizen embarrassed by my country’s policies during and following the American-Việt Nam War, I was uncertain about the welcome that awaited me. Because I spoke French and had family members living in Toronto, I prepared to answer that certain-to-be-asked question: Where are you from? By replying, Canada. I was pleasantly surprised to find that US citizens are very welcome in Việt Nam and that there was no need to hide my identity. Upon arrival, I started my quest to understand my new home country and her people. Usually when I arrive in a newly assigned country, I dive into the local culture through food, art and language. I soon discovered that the best window into Vietnamese culture was by understanding a unique Vietnamese national holiday. Tết Nguyên Đán, otherwise known as Tết, is the most important and popular … [Read more...] about Can a holiday explain a national identity?
Cannabis recovered after a series of police raids in the north west of England. Photo – Lancashire Police. Viet Nam News By Paul Kennedy Criminal gangs from Việt Nam are running a vast network of illegal cannabis farms across the United Kingdom, with many trafficking unsuspecting children into Britain to carry out the dirty work. ECPAT UK, one of the UK’s leading children’s rights organisations, says there has been a huge rise in the number of farms in recent years, with many using youngsters from Việt Nam as ‘gardeners’ to work in dangerous conditions. In the past, cannabis was smuggled into the United Kingdom from mainland Europe but because the risks were too high, most is now cultivated in the UK. And officials say it is Vietnamese gangs who are controlling the supply. ECPAT’s work has uncovered horror stories of children trafficked from Việt Nam being beaten and threatened with death if they refuse to do as they are … [Read more...] about The farms where no Vietnamese should ever work
Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — Six Vietnamese nationals have been arrested in South Africa with several lion bones, lion meat and tools which police believe were used to process the bones. According to South Africa’s Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, more commonly known as Hawks, six foreign nationals and two South African men were nabbed on Sunday while driving in a convoy in Klerksdorp, the North West Province, which is about 250km to the northwest of the capital Pretoria. A search of the vehicles found a large quantity of freshly cut lion meat and bones, a tiger skin and bones, gas cylinders, gas burners, containers, a saw, knives and other equipment used to process predator carcasses and bones. The syndicate members were identified as Vietnamese nationals Nguyen Huu Son, 30, Nguyen Van Tuan, 33, Dao The Thanh, 38, Pham Van Khue, 56, Chanh, 56 and Cu Quoc Thang, 60, together with their South African accomplices Johagem Louis Fouche, 22 and Lourens … [Read more...] about Six Vietnamese men arrested in lion bone syndicate in S Africa
Vietnamese Ambassador to Argentina and Uruguay Dang Xuan Dung talks to students from the Catholic University of Uruguay (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnamese Ambassador to Argentina and Uruguay Dang Xuan Dung has introduced the nation, people and integration process of Vietnam as well as the Vietnam-Uruguay relations to students from the Catholic University of Uruguay on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between the two countries. Ambassador Dung said that Vietnam, overcoming devastating wars, has been on the way of development with many promising areas. He also highlighted famous landscapes of Vietnam as well as friendly and hospitable people. He noted that Vietnam has pursued the “doi moi” (reform) cause since 1986. After over 30 years, the country has recorded many important achievements with stable economic growth, improved people’s living conditions and enhanced position in the world arena. Vietnam is now one of the … [Read more...] about Vietnamese nation, people, economic potential introduced in Uruguay