Ethnic minority parents lose children to adoption scam

Investigators find no evidence of crime, but community insists they were duped An adoption scam has allegedly taken 13 children away from their biological parents without their knowledge and consent in the central province of Quang Binh. Several families of the Ruc ethnic minority said they had been approached by officials of the "Trung Tam Nuoi Duong Nguoi Co Cong va Doi Tuong Xa Hoi" [Rough translation: Center for Taking Care of People Who Have Made Contributions to Society and Disadvantaged People] in 2006, offering to take care of their children. … [Read more...]

Reviving the Dead Areas

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The war ended nearly 40 years ago but Quang Binh and Quang Tri Provinces and many other areas in Vietnam are still affected by the heavy consequences caused by bombs and mines left over from the war. As a result, many domestic and international organizations have carried out campaigns on detecting and clearing bombs and mines to revive the "dead areas". Co-existing with disasters Few people know that there are disasters hidden under green trees and newly-built tiled houses in Quang Binh and Quang Tri Provinces. These disasters lurk from the bombs and mines left from the war. We met Ngo Xuan Hien, a cadre of the Project "Restoring the Environment and Neutralizing the Effects of the War" (RENEW), a co-operation project between Quang Tri Province People's Committee and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF). He said: "I am still frightened. Recently a 105mm shell exploded in the yard of the Nguyen Hue Secondary School in Dong Ha City while over 500 students were having classes. … [Read more...]

Mass media urged to encourage gender equality

According to the results of a study by the Centre for Studies and Applied Sciences in Gender, Family, Women and Adolescent (CSAGA), around 80 programmes conducted by Vietnam Television (VTV) reflect prejudices about gender. Mr Pham Ngoc Tien - head of the department of Gender Equality under the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) said that even two programmes scheduled back to back on VTV offer starkly different messages. Gender equality is a new concept in Vietnam, even for experts. Therefore, it is normal that the press makes mistakes in this area. However, in an era of raising public awareness of gender equality, the press should be the most progressive force, said director of CSAGA Nguyen Van Anh. According to experts in gender, gender discrimination is always in Vietnamese people's minds. However, it is important that assigning tasks and responsibilities should depend on capability and talent regardless of gender. Ms Bui Thi Kim, director the Centre … [Read more...]

Vietnam drug traffickers sentenced to death

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Three notorious drug bosses were sentenced to death Monday in northern Vietnam with their police benefactor getting a life term. A court in Ha Giang province in the northern mountains also sentenced five other members of the gang to life in jail after 50 people were tried for trafficking heroin and weapons and bribery. The ring smuggled around 840kgs of heroin and 70 handguns to provinces bordering China to sell to Chinese customers. … [Read more...]

Thai Binh Province: Advancing from Pains

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At the museum in Thai Binh Province there are five photographs by well-known veteran artist Vo An Ninh depicting the famine in the Spring of 1945, which killed more than 250,000 people or one third of the province's population then. This sad event always reminds the local people of the value of life. At Km3 of present-day Thai Binh City. At the museum in Thai Binh Province there are five photographs by well-known veteran artist Vo An Ninh depicting the famine in the Spring of 1945, which killed more than 250,000 people or one third of the province's population then. This sad event always reminds the local people of the value of life. Sad memory in present-day happiness Tien Hai District, about 30 km away from Thai Binh City, had the greatest number of people who died of hunger in 1945. Today, lying along the sides of the road leading to the District are yellow rice fields and newly built houses. It is harvest time and the whole Tay Luong Commune seems to be submerged in the yellow … [Read more...]

High-ranking policeman arrested for role in drug trafficking

A high-ranking border policeman of in the northern province of Vietnam was arrested yesterday for his involvement in a drug trafficking ring, reported provincial authorities. Lieutenant-colonel Lam Quoc Ngu of Phu Tho Northern Province, chief of the Pho Bang border post in Dong Van district of Ha Giang province, was arrested for his involvement in the drug ring, which has been operating since 1992. Through Quoc Ngu's confession, police decided to arrest Nguyen Tien Nuoi, a former vice chief of the Pho Bang border post who had retired 10 years ago. … [Read more...]

Festival honours the blind in HN

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VGP - Nearly 1,000 visually-impaired people, students and Hanoians attended the Festival themed 'Belief and Light' organized by the Ha Noi Youth Union and the Ha Noi Blind Association in Ha Noi on April 17. The festival, the second of its kind, aims to celebrate the 45th founding anniversary of the VBA and respond to Viet Nam Disabled People's Day. President of the Ha Noi Blind Association Le Trung Quyet expressed his hope that the event will help raise public awareness, especially of young people, of the capacity of people with disabilities, including the blind. He encouraged the visually-impaired and those with disabilities to try to overcome difficulties and excel in their lives, with support from society. Ha Noi now has 8,746 visually-impaired people, many of who are role models in efforts to overcome difficulties and contribute to social development. On the occation, the Ha Noi Youth Union and the Ha Noi Blind Association signed a cooperative programme, aimed at … [Read more...]

Hanoi festival honours the blind

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(VOV) - Nearly 1,000 visually-impaired people, students and Hanoians attended the second Festival of Belief and Light at the Hanoi Children's Palace on April 17. Two million suffer blindness, visual impairment Blind Japanese pianist stage Vietnam concerts Improving living standards for the blind The first festival of its kind was held in 2011. This year' festival included a wide range of humanitarian activities, demonstrating the community's care and responsibility for the blind and disadvantaged in society, helping them to have courage and belief to overcome hardship and re-integrate into society. Organizers honoured ten outstanding blind individuals, hosted cultural and sports exchange between Hanoian students and the blind, introduced jobs, and presented insignia for those who have supported the blind. President of the Hanoi Blind Association Le Trung Quyet expressed his hope that the event will help raise public awareness, especially for young people, of the capacity … [Read more...]

Building begin on regional nursing centre

The Department for People with Special Contribution to the Country under the Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs has begun the construction of a nursing centre in the central region. The 11-storey building will be built on 9,000sq.m of land in Ngu Hanh Son district in Da Nang City at a cost of 236 billion VND (11.2 million USD). The 248-bed centre is scheduled to begin operation in 2018. It will serve the needs of war invalids, Heroic Mothers and other people who have made contributions to the country's revolutionary cause. According to the ministry, 30 nursing centres reserved for those who have rendered service to the nation have been built throughout the country, but the number of facilities only meet 10 percent of demand.-VNA … [Read more...]

Canadian Governor General meets Hanoi students

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Canada's Governor General David Johnston talked with students of the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Hanoi on Nov. 17 during his current State-level visit to the country. Canada is pursuing a policy of enhancing culture and knowledge through exchange and cooperation to boost the fine relations between the countries. Canada's close relationship with Vietnam is developing in various fields, the Governor General said. Johnston said Canada is home to 250,000 Vietnamese people who have made contributions to economics, socio-culture and education. Canada has a diversified culture with no discrimination against immigrants, he said. He told the students that he and his entourage, that includes two Canadian-Vietnamese, had visited the Temple of Literature, Vietnam's famous historical site and a traditional base for learning. Rector of the university Nguyen Van Khanh expressed hope that the university will receive Canada's assistance and cooperation in human resource … [Read more...]

Da Nang braces for 20% jump in tourists

The number of tourists to Da Nang are rising 15-20 per cent for the upcoming holidays, compared with the same period last year, according to Tran Chi Cuong, deputy director of the city's Culture, Sports and Tourism Department. Travel agencies last week said they were worried that tourists would cancel plans to visit Da Nang after the city decided not to organise the International Lighting Festival planned for Liberation Day. However, several days ago, bookings at travel agencies increased as more people made plans to visit Da Nang to spend the five-day holiday marking the nation's Liberation Day (April 30) and May Day (May 1). Tuoi Tre (Youth) Dong Thap okays $5.6m for UXO clearance The People's Committee of Mekong Delta Province of Dong Thap on Wednesday approved a VND118billion (US$5.6million) project to clear bombs and mines left from the war. The project will last until 2016 and cover 3,600ha of land in several districts, including Cao Lanh, Chau Thanh and Lai Vung, in Sa … [Read more...]

Demand for workers rises in HCM City

HCM City will need another 20,000 workers next month, 30 per cent of them college graduates, according to the Centre for Human Resources Forecast and Labour Market Information. The city's enterprises showed positive development in the first two months of the year and so demand for young and skilled workers is expected to increase. HCM City will create 130,000 new jobs this year, the centre said. Nguoi Lao Dong (The Labourer) Bus service to link Dong Hoi, national park On Monday, the People's Committee of Quang Binh central province said it would launch a bus service linking Dong Hoi town with Phong Nha - Ke Bang World Heritage site. The bus line is expected to be popular with both local residents and tourists who make tours to the site. The bus line, which is 54km in length, will start operation in the second quarter of this year. Lao Dong (Labour) Mekong Delta spends $102m on schools Last year, provinces in the Mekong Delta invested VND2.1 trillion (US$102 million) on … [Read more...]

Contest marks 10th anniversary of Phong Nha-Ke Bang world heritage site

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The central province of Quang Binh on May 22 gave prizes to 19 works of a writing contest on the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, which is part of activities marking the 10th anniversary of its recognition as the World Natural Heritage Site. The contest titled "Learning about the World Natural Heritage Site of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park" aims to help people, particularly the youth, improve their awareness of protecting the heritage as well as introduce the heritage's outstanding values. Two months after launching, the contest's organising board received more than 21,000 entries, of which 70 writings were selected to the final round. Also on the occasion, the provincial People's Committee presented certificate of merit to 3 organisations and 11 individuals in recognition of their contributions to discovering and exploring the park's caves. The Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park, located in the middle of the Annamite Mountain Range in Quang Binh province, comprises an area of … [Read more...]

Contest honours Phong Nha-Ke Bang world heritage site

The central province of Quang Binh on May 22 gave prizes to 19 works of a writing contest on the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, which is part of activities marking the 10 th anniversary of its recognition as the World Natural Heritage Site. The contest titled "Learning about the World Natural Heritage Site of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park" aims to help people, particularly the youth, improve their awareness of protecting the heritage as well as introduce the heritage's outstanding values. Two months after launching, the contest's organising board received more than 21,000 entries, of which 70 writings were selected to the final round. Also on the occasion, the provincial People's Committee presented certificate of merit to 3 organisations and 11 individuals in recognition of their contributions to discovering and exploring the park's caves. The Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park, located in the middle of the Annamite Mountain Range in Quang Binh province, comprises an area … [Read more...]

Central Vietnam: flood leaves, epidemics come

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VietNamNet Bridge - People in the central region and Central Highlands have overcome the heavy floods, but they have to struggle hard to prevent epidemics which may break out in just some days as the environment and the water resources have got seriously polluted.Several die in eighth tropical storm of year Tens of thousands of tons of rubbish have "docked" at the Da Nang seashore, seriously polluting the beaches and residential quarters. The white sand bank, about 10 kilometers along the Hoang Sa - Truong Sa route, from Son Tra peninsula to the Quang Nam sea, has become a rubbish field. The beaches of Nam O, Xuan Thieu and Thanh Binh in the city have also been full of rubbish. However, rubbish is not the biggest problem for local people, who believe they can clean the areas after a short time. They more worry about the water sources which have got polluted. According to Nguyen Khac Xuyen, a senior official of the Dai Loc district in Quang Nam province, the wells which were the only … [Read more...]

Procedures on child adoption

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VGP - Under Vietnamese laws, child adoption can be carried out only in the spirit of humanitarianism, to ensure best interests and fundamental rights of children. Question (A Vietnamese English): My family migrated to England when I was young. I was granted English citizenship ten years ago and want to go home to adopt a Vietnamese child. What are procedures for foreigners to adopt Vietnamese children? Answer: Foreigners's (including overseas Vietnamese) child adoption is regulated in Decree 69/2006/NĐ-CP, dated July 21, 2006 on the implementation of the Marriage and Family Law. The Vietnamese law strictly forbids taking advantage of child adoption for the purposes of exploiting labor power, sexual abuse or trafficking in children - Illustration photo 1. Adoptive parents Adopters have to meet necessary requirements stipulated in the Marriage and Family Law, such ashaving full civil act capacity; being twenty years or more older than their adopted children; having good ethic … [Read more...]

Vietnam to end child adoption agreement with the US

Jeff, Cerise Roth-Vinsonand their adopted 6 month-daughter, Oriana The Vietnamese Government has decided not to renew the child adoption agreement it signed with the US in 2005 and to stop accepting US adoption requests as from July 1, 2008, according to an official from the Ministry of Justice. Vu Duc Long, head of the ministry's International Child Adoption Department said that the decision is based on article 25 of the agreement and on a request from the US Embassy in Hanoi. "Vietnam will only process applications that it receives before July 1 and meet all requirements. Applications for which no suitable baby is found before the expiration of the agreement on September 1, 2008 will be returned to the US", said Mr Long. However, he noted that after the agreement terminates, Vietnam and the US can still cooperate on the issue through a new agreement or the mechanism of the Hague Adoption Convention in which Vietnam may take part in the future. Vietnam's law in the field is … [Read more...]

Viet Nam Not to Renew Child Adoption Agreement with US

The Vietnamese Government has decided not to renew the child adoption agreement it signed with the US in 2005, said an official of the Ministry of Justice. Head of the Ministry's Department for International Child Adoption Vu Duc Long added that Viet Nam will stop taking new adoption applications from the US from July 1. According to the official, the decision not to renew the agreement is based on Article 25 of the agreement and the proposal of the US Embassy in Vietnam on Feb. 1 in its diplomatic note numbered 0135/08. "The Vietnamese side will only process applications that it receives before July 1 and meet all requirements. The applications for which no suitable baby is found before the expiration of the agreement on September 1, 2008 will be returned to the US", Long stressed. However, he noted, after the termination of the agreement, Viet Nam and the US can still cooperate in the issue through a new agreement or the mechanism of the Hague Adoption Convention in which … [Read more...]

Vietnam, U.S. initial child adoption deal

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The governments of Vietnam and the U.S. initialed a cooperation agreement on adoption in Hanoi on June 15. The signatories were Vu Duc Long, head of the Justice Ministry's Department for International Child Adoption, and Ambassador Muara Harty, assistant secretary of state for U.S. Department of State's Consular Affairs and Children Issues. The two sides committed to create every favourable condition possible to facilitate the adoption of orphaned children on humanitarian grounds and for the purpose of child protection. … [Read more...]