Vietnam disapproves of legalised drug use

  • 29.06.2020, 17:31,
  • News
  • 0
Vietnam disapproves of legalised drug use
Vice Chairwoman of the Vietnamese National Assembly Tong Thi Phong gives a speech at the third Meeting of the AIPA Advisory Council on Dangerous Drugs

During her opening speech at the online meeting, Vice Chairwoman of the Vietnamese National Assembly Tong Thi Phong stated that non-traditional security threats such as the environment, high-tech crime, food security, water security, epidemics, and drugs, are both urgent and permanent, long-term, global, and regional issues of shared concern.

The danger of drugs globally and in Southeast Asia is becoming increasingly complex, causing severe long-term health consequences, threats to economic security, and many social issues for all countries involved. Most notably, amid the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic which began early this year, plenty of nations worldwide, including ASEAN member states, are facing a “dual” non-traditional security threat which requires solidarity and a combined response efforts from all nations.

The country’s guidelines, policies, and law remain in line with the common view held among ASEAN members, with there being no tolerance for drugs, no acceptance of the trend of legalising drug use, and balancing solutions aimed at reducing supply and demand as members strive towards the goal of building a drug-free ASEAN community. Furthermore, the Vietnamese legislature has constantly redoubled its efforts to revamp the law and strengthen supervision with regard to this area.

For this year, the National Assembly of Vietnam chose to run the conference with the theme, “Turning words into action towards a drug-free ASEAN community” as a means of integrating AIPA’s joint efforts to build a cohesive and adaptive ASEAN that fights drug use in society.

Strategies aimed at drug prevention and control must be adjusted in an attempt to adapt to the new situation, with the prime focus being on directing the expansion and the scope of detoxification schemes. This includes community-based rehabilitation with the aim of helping drug users integrate back into society and enjoy a drug-free life.

Vice Chairwoman Phong asked delegates to discuss and share their respective national experiences in terms of drug prevention, control, and addiction treatment. Meanwhile, AIPA members also conducted a review and evaluation of the implementation of commitments, whilst strengthening the role of parliaments and parliamentarians in realising commitments as a means of building a sustainable, safe, and healthy ASEAN community for all.

Le Van Thanh, Deputy Minister of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs, suggested stepping up international co-operation in terms of drug prevention and combat, especially drug preventive measures and treatment steps that have were recommended by the United Nations General Assembly on drugs back in 2016.

Upon facing up to the trend of drug legalisation and recommendations by the World Health Organization to remove marijuana and its extracts from the UN control list, the nation affirmed its support for the views of ASEAN regarding the attitude of no tolerance for drugs. The country therefore rejects the trend of legalising drug use, and remains steadfast on its commitments to building a drug-free ASEAN Community.

Recommended Content
» 36th ASEAN Summit to be held online on June 26
The summit will take place at a time when the coronavirus outbreaks are sweeping across the globe and some ASEAN countries have become hotspots....

See more: 36th ASEAN Summit to be held online on June 26

» AIPA ready to join hands with ASEAN to build sustainable community
Leaders of ASEAN countries and the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) are set to convene a teleconferenced dialogue on June 26, during which they will show their commitment to further...

See more: AIPA ready to join hands with ASEAN to build sustainable community

» Vietnamese PM chairs 36th ASEAN Summit on June 26
The 36th ASEAN Summit, themed “Cohesive and Responsive ASEAN”, is to take place in the online format in Hanoi on June 26 with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in the chair....

See more: Vietnamese PM chairs 36th ASEAN Summit on June 26

» Upcoming ASEAN Summit to concentrate on addressing COVID-19
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and General Secretary of the National ASEAN 2020 Committee Nguyen Quoc Dung spoke of the upcoming 36th ASEAN Summit as well as topics to be tabled for discussion at...

See more: Upcoming ASEAN Summit to concentrate on addressing COVID-19

» National Assembly Chairwoman meets voters in Can Tho
National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan on Tuesday praised Vietnam’s good performance in COVID-19 response, which she said has created trust and consensus among the public....

See more: National Assembly Chairwoman meets voters in Can Tho

» ASEAN Political-Security Community Council Meeting in Hanoi
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh chaired an online meeting for the 21st ASEAN Political-Security Community Council on Wednesday....

See more: ASEAN Political-Security Community Council Meeting in Hanoi

» Vietnam to host 36th ASEAN Summit remotely
The 36th ASEAN Summit is set to take place on June 26, according to Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and General Secretary of the ASEAN National Committee 2020 Nguyen Quoc Dung who was speaking at...

See more: Vietnam to host 36th ASEAN Summit remotely

» ASEAN, AIPA work together toward new development path
Leaders of ASEAN and the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) met online on Friday on the sidelines of the 36th ASEAN Summit....

See more: ASEAN, AIPA work together toward new development path

» PM: ASEAN focuses on getting bloc back on track post-pandemic
In the face of severe challenges caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), ASEAN has no choice but to unite to weather the storm and get the bloc back on track, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen...

See more: PM: ASEAN focuses on getting bloc back on track post-pandemic

» ASEAN focuses on getting bloc back on track post-pandemic
In the face of severe challenges caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), ASEAN has no choice but to unite to weather the storm and get the bloc back on track, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen...

See more: ASEAN focuses on getting bloc back on track post-pandemic

  • Comment
  • Latest
  • Read