Vietnam must be for the ivory trade to justify in The Hague
The Wildlife Justice Commission (WJC) will hold in november a hearing in the Hague on the trade in ivory on a large scale takes place in Vietnam. It is the first time that a country must answer for the specially created commission that cross-border trade in ivory wants to fight.
The five thousand page dossier that WJC has collected is mainly aimed at the Vietnamese village of Nhi Khe, about 20 km away from capital city of Hanoi. The findings were published in a folder or facts”.
On 14 and 15 november in the Peace palace the hearing. To the Volkskrant let the Vietnamese embassy know that they are working on the file, but still no invitation have been received for the session. The country is at the hearing “because our research is in jeopardy”.
WJC, sometimes undercover, gathered evidence about a criminal network that openly can operate in Nhi Khe, may be helped by authorities. Criminal organisations trading for tens of millions of euros of large amounts of illegal ivory of elephants and rhinos. Also to be animal products of tigers, schubdieren, has been found, helmneushoornvogels and bears traded.
According to WJC in Nhi Khe certainly 579 dead rhinos processed and sold. The vast majority is traded on the Chinese market, where ivory is used for medicine and jewelry. China has launched an investigation following the report.
The ngo hopes that with the roll up of the gangs in the place, now in 51 subjects in the frame, the global trade in illegal ivory.
With the public out of the records the commission wants, which is supported by the World wildlife Fund, more attention to generate for the case.
The Vietnamese government has, in spite of international agreements, yet no steps have been taken to trade rolling.