Brief from UNODC South Asia on illicit drugs, human trafficking, terrorism, justice and health

(A Daily News Brief from UNODC South Asia on illicit drugs, human trafficking, terrorism, justice and health.)

25 July 2017


Help root out corruption, PM asks deputy commissioners, The Daily Star
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has asked public servants to take a strong stance against corruption, militancy and drug addiction.

Dhaka yet to try traffickers despite purge in Thailand, Prothom Alo
Allured with decent jobs abroad, hundreds of Bangladeshi youth sailed for unknown destinations through rough sea and many of them eventually found them stranded in coastal areas of Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Ministers divided on repealing Article 57, Prothom Alo
Though information minister Hasanul Haq Inu backed Article 57 of the ICT Act again in a cabinet meeting, many ministers and bureaucrats disagreed with him. 

2 held with 3.9kg explosive power gel, 30 electronic detonators, The Dhaka Tribune
The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has detained two people with 3.9kg of explosive power gel and 30 electronic detonators from Jointapur area of Sylhet district.

Insecticide responsible for deaths of 13 children in Bangladesh, The Dhaka Tribune
Controversial insecticide endosulfan, which has been banned by more than 80 countries, was responsible for the deaths of 13 children in Bangladesh, a study has found.


More than half of Chamgang inmates in for drug offencesThe Bhutanese
Police records show that 178 of the total were jailed for drug related offences. The number includes 23 females and four juvenile delinquents.  

2 jailed for illicit trafficking of narcotic drugs, BBS
The accused were found in possession of cannabis and controlled capsules.

Implementation of tobacco control policies in WHO SEARO member countries to be evaluated, Kuensel
Comprehensive systems to monitor tobacco use and prevention policies should be implemented region-wide.


Police arrest five Nigerians, one Indian woman in drugs case, DNA India
Two of the arrested Nigerians also allegedly indulged in human trafficking, wherein they supplied Nigerian girls to the customers in Hyderabad.

Delhi: Peddlers lace eatables with drugs to avoid detection by agencies, India Today
“Most of the drugs, especially LSD, coming from Germany to India are being coated on eatables.”

Doping in India is not an ‘over-the-counter’ problem, Scroll
“Athletes dope to enhance performance.”

Drug peddlers! Cops are all out to get you, The Tribune
This year, the Chandigarh police recovered 1,900 banned injections and arrested 24 persons, while 2,104 injections were recovered from 21 persons last year. 

Strict action against policemen involved in criminal acts, India Today 
Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has said any policeman involved in child abuse, sexual acts, drinking on duty and encouraging use of drugs will not be spared by the government.

Mental health policy for children being framed, The Times of India
The Goa state commission for protection of child rights is framing a mental health policy specifically for children and adolescents, considering the unique challenges they face in a tourist state.

Fifteen years after bloody riots, Indian Muslims struggling to escape Gujarat ghettos, Reuters 
Informal rules and deep-rooted biases are eroding the multi-cultural nature of India’s cities and dividing communities into ghettos, analysts say.

Why We Need to Talk About the Condition of India’s Prisons, The Wire
Indian prisons are overcrowded and understaffed. Unless these issues are dealt with, prisons will remain hellish for the socio-economically disadvantaged.

Banks lost Rs 88,553 an hour to cybercrime in last 3 years, The Times of India
Nearly 40 cases of cybercrime costing Rs 21.24 lakh a day on an average have been reported by banks.

India to host 5th global conference on cyber space 2017: Prime Minister Narendra Modi to inaugurate, India Today
India will host the Global Conference on Cyber Space (GCCS), the world’s largest conference on space and related issues in New Delhi later this year in November.


Opposition MPs forced out after soldiers and police storm parliament, The Maldives Independent
Police officers and soldiers in riot gear forcibly dragged out opposition lawmakers from the parliament building and arrested two, as protests raged in Malé.

Maldives rebuffs claims of military takeover of parliament, Mihaaru 
“The special measures taken by the security forces at the parliament building were to ensure the security and safety of the premises, as mandated by Article 105 of the Constitution,” stated the President’s Office.

UK issues travel advisory over political tension in Maldives, Mihaaru
The UK cautioned its citizens to take precaution and safety measures while travelling to the Maldives, warning them to stay away from large gatherings and the scenes of protests and rallies.



Two dozen women rescued from Nepal-India border in 6 months, The Kathmandu Post
The Nepal Police. in coordination with various local organizations, have rescued 24 women from the traffickers.

A road to nowhere, The Kathmandu Post
Attitude of the state and major political parties must change to reflect concern for conflict victims’ demand for justice.

58 govt websites ‘hacked to test vulnerability’, The Kathmandu Post
A three-member committee has been given three days to make necessary recommendations to prevent hacking in future.

3 arrested with illegal weapons in the Capital, The Himalayan Times
he Teku-based Metropolitan Crime Division arrested three persons in possession of illegal weapons from Sukedhara in Kathmandu.

Sri Lanka

Canada reiterates the need to establish a process of accountability in Sri Lanka, Colombo Page
Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau while welcoming the international efforts to achieve peace and reconciliation in Sri Lanka has reiterated the need to establish a process of accountability.

Sri Lanka Navy arrests three Indian fishermen poaching in Sri Lankan waters, Colombo Page 
 Sri Lanka Navy on Monday has arrested three Indian fishermen for allegedly crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and fishing in Sri Lankan waters and seized their trawler.

Sri Lanka Foreign Minister discusses national security, human rights with defense officials , Colombo Page
Sri Lanka Foreign Affairs Minister Ravi Karunanayake Monday held a special meeting with senior defense officials including the Defense Secretary, tri forces commanders, IGP, and officers of Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


ISIS Is So Desperate It’s Turning to the Drug Trade, Fortune 
New smuggling and trafficking routes and networks have emerged throughout the Middle East and North Africa, with criminal groups and terrorist organizations taking advantage of the continued instability throughout the Mediterranean region.

In San Antonio Smuggling Case, a Fatal Journey in a Packed and Sweltering Truck, The New York Times
The tragedy illustrates the extremes people will go to to sneak into the United States, and opens a window into human smuggling at the border and a clandestine world of drug cartels.

Trump administration preparing for strict crackdown on marijuana, The Independent
Despite indications that the federal government is going to crack down on marijuana users, some local law enforcement leaders assert there is no need for it. 

Combating trafficking in persons, The Daily Star
Trafficking in persons is one of the most atrocious crimes and gross violation of human rights.


Latest round of UN-led global consultations spotlights migrants’ contributions to development, UN News Centre
In 2016, migrants sent $429 billion to their countries of origin – one of their most tangible contributions to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in developing countries.

UN Security Council cites terrorism, deteriorating humanitarian conditions as challenges for West Africa, UN News Centre
The Security Council has welcomed recent positive political developments in some West African countries, but expressed concern over the threat of terrorism in the region.

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