A website will be designed to serve the purpose The Hanoi administration is planning to build a specialized website on which its urban residents can buy social housing. Nguyen Duc Chung, chairman of the municipal People’s Committee, aired the intention at a local meeting on Tuesday. In Vietnam, social housing is a type of accommodation constructed by the government, organizations or individuals, intended for purchase or rent by residents, especially for low-income ones. On the portal to be created, would-be buyers can register to choose the accommodation area, consider housing information, and be held responsible for the registered purchase. The task of supervising the properness of housing purchase lies with relevant agencies. A chief content during the meeting was the decision which was introduced on managing the sale and rent of social housing in the capital. Chairman Chung said the management of such activities has been lax, with the type of house buyers yet to be determined … [Read more...] about Social housing to be purchased online in Hanoi
Child sexual abuse in Vietnam has witnessed an alarming increase with culprits in most cases being acquaintances or even parents. Children make handprints on a giant ball at the launch of Vietnam’s Action Month for Children in May 2019. Despite legal and social efforts, child abuse in Vietnam remains prevalent. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Tung Nguyen Thanh Hai, head of the Central Ombudsmen Committee, said inspections conducted in 17 provinces revealed the number of children who suffered sexual abuse in 2019 had surged compared to 2011-15. Nearly 1,200 children in the northern localities of Hanoi, Hai Phong, Hoa Binh, Bac Giang, Thai Binh and Quang Ninh are reportedly victims of abuse, of which up to 70 per cent were sexually abused. Perpetrators were diverse, ranging from family members and teachers to local civil servants and even policemen. “All six localities reported cases of fathers sexually abusing their own daughters,” said Hai. “Abusers were … [Read more...] about Vietnam sees no improvement in reducing child abuse
More than 1,000 cases were detected by June this year involving 2,600 victims. In 829 of them, the traffickers sold 2,319 people to China, according to ministry data released at a meeting on Tuesday. Most cases had been found in northern border provinces such as Lao Cai, Ha Giang, Dien Bien, and Quang Ninh, and most of the victims were women and children. In just six months from July last year Chinese authorities rescued more than 1,100 trafficked women, many them sold as brides, in a joint operation with Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. Besides the financial situation of victims, police officers have said negligence, easy immigration procedures and gender imbalance in destination countries are also responsible for human trafficking. China, the world’s most populous country, suffers from one of the worst gender imbalance rates due to its one-child policy and illicit abortion of female fetuses by parents wanting sons. This has led to increasing trafficking of … [Read more...] about 80 percent of Vietnamese human trafficking victims end up in China
Luong Van Lam My parents recently spent VND12 million ($517) to install cameras inside and outside our family home in the countryside. Dad took a step further by placing a broken one near our chicken coop, just to fake out potential thieves. "We just installed some cameras," Mom told me on the phone while I was at work. "Four of them - inside the house, in the front, out on the street, even at the back," she said. She even sent me the password for a mobile app which would allow me to access the cameras remotely, saying I should check them out once in a while to check the house in case she and Dad were out. "There's only two of you and a few chickens, why spend so much?" I asked. "They bring us peace of mind," Dad replied. "There are so many thieves these days. Our neighbor even has eight cameras." My parents weren't the only ones going paranoid about security and installing cameras. My colleagues, friends and so many people I know have started to buy cameras or other similar … [Read more...] about Security cameras are a rational choice, but are they a solution?
More than 160 young people, representing the 26 million children of Vietnam, gathered in Hanoi this week to express their concern over child-related issues and propose recommendations to State officials. State officials talk to children at the forum. — VNA/VNS Photo Anh Tuan The national forum on children, held for the sixth time, presented an opportunity for children to engage on issues that affect them. “Children’s engagement on their own issues has been regulated in the international convention on children’s rights, the Vietnamese Constitution 2013 and the Child Law 2016,” said Nguyen Thi Ha, Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, at the forum’s opening ceremony on Thursday. The participating children come from 41 cities and provinces, children’s councils, a disabled centre and SOS Children’s Village. In June and July, children nationwide took part in dialogues with authorities at local forums and raised a … [Read more...] about VN children raise their voices on important issues