Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos have agreed to take concrete action and apply more effective measures against wildlife law offenders, and have committed to treating wildlife offences as serious crimes, although the number of cases referred to court in the three countries remains low.
On June 2-3, representatives of relevant state institutions and World Wildlife Fund for Nature in Cambodia (WWF-Cambodia) joined the “Justice for Wildlife Crime, Regional Chief Justices Conference” held in-person at the Supreme Court in Phnom Penh and virtually. The two-day hybrid conference brought together the Chief Justices of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam to discuss the issue.
According to a June 3 WWF-Cambodia press release, the three national Supreme Courts of Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos met to discuss increasing the prosecution of wildlife crimes – which are seemingly well-organised in the Greater Mekong Sub-region – and pave the way for an improvement in finding justice for wildlife.
Mom Kunthear and Ry Sochan