HANOI - Vietnam has rejected a recent report of an international human rights
group about the country's gathering and bad treatment to homeless kids, Vietnam
News Agency (VNA) reported Tuesday.
Workers take a break outside the venue for the Asia-Pacific
Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Hanoi November 14, 2006. Hanoi
hosts the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting from
November 12 to 19 as the World Trade Organisation's newest member and
Asia's only candidate to become a non-permanent member of the United
Nations Security Council in the 2008-09 term. [Reuters]
The report of the US-based Human Right Watch which says street children in
Hanoi have been brought to social sponsorship centers and brutally treated, when
the city prepares for this week 's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit, is
"a complete fabrication", the VNA quoted Spokesman of the Vietnamese Foreign
Ministry Le Dung as saying.
"The state and people of Vietnam have always attached importance to the
protection, care and education of children, including underprivileged and street
children," Dung said, describing the work as "the responsibility of the state,
the society and every family, and the tradition and morale of Vietnam. "
In order to help disadvantaged and street children, the Vietnamese government
has introduced various specific policies on child healthcare and education, and
put forth measures to protect children from the threat of child labor abuse,
degradation of human dignity and sexual assault, he said.
Agencies and localities, including Hanoi, have carried out a number of
projects to assist street children in reuniting with their families and provide
healthcare, consultancy and vocational training to those who cannot do it, Dung
said, adding that all of the measures aim to create better life for them.
Vietnam was one of the first countries having signed and ratified the
Convention on the Rights of the Child. The country has actively implemented its
commitments on the issue, and cooperated with the international community on
improving child welfare amid its low average per-capita income, said the
"Vietnam's efforts in child care and protection have been recognized and
highly appreciated by the United Nations, including the UN Children's Fund,"