6 Vietnamese arrested for allegedly trying to sell 2 newborn babies into China

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) – Authorities in northern Vietnam said Wednesday they have arrested six people suspected of trying to sell two newborn babies in China as part of a baby-trafficking ring.

Police in the Chinese border town of Dongxing on Monday detained the six Vietnamese while they were transporting two 10-day old boys and returned

them all back across the border, said Nguyen Thai Binh, deputy police chief of Mong Cai in northern Vietnam.
The Chinese acted on a tip from the Vietnamese authorities monitoring a smuggling ring, he said.
Initial investigation showed that the four men and two women were paid by ring leaders in Ho Chi Minh City in the south to transport the two babies to China for sale, he said.

The suspects were handed over to Quang Ninh provincial police for further investigation while the two babies were taken to a social welfare center, he said.

Binh said police in Quang Ninh province will cooperate with Ho Chi Minh City police in investigating where the ring got the two babies, he added.

Last week, Vietnam announced it would stop processing new adoption applications from U.S. citizens from July following allegations of baby-selling, corruption and fraud.

The announcement came days after The Associated Press published details of a U.S. Embassy report that alleged rampant abuses, including hospitals selling infants whose mothers could not pay their bills, brokers scouring villages for babies and a grandmother who gave away her grandchild without telling the child’s mother.


Vietnam arrests six child smugglers

A police official says authorities in northern Vietnam arrested six people linked with a child trafficking ring, during a planned ‘sale’.

Deputy police chief in the border town of Mong Cai, Nguyen Thai Binh, told Associated Press Wednesday that two women were also among the six taken into police custody earlier this week.

The arrests were made on Monday after the smugglers were caught transporting two 10-day old boys for sale in China, Binh said.

Binh added that the six suspects were handed over to Quang Ninh provincial police for further investigation into the ring’s trafficking of children, a most deplorable crime under international law and national legislation of many countries

A social welfare center is taking care of the two babies.


On Vietnam’s freedom road

Many found refuge and acceptance in Canada

5 May 2008

Hundreds from Toronto’s Vietnamese community converged on Nathan Phillips Square yesterday to celebrate their road to freedom.

The event was held to mark the 33 years Vietnamese have found refuge and acceptance in Canada.

After 1975, when communist forces took over their country and forced them out, a wave of Vietnamese found their way to Canadian cities.

Many in attendance yesterday were dressed in army fatigues, while others carried enormous yellow and red flags.

“The flag is a symbol of our heritage and freedom that we must preserve,” said Brenda Vo, who escaped Vietnam by boat in 1980 and has lived in Canada for more than 20 years.

She described her experience as horrific, declaring that democracy died in Vietnam when the communist regime took over. Those who refused to become communist were thrown in prison and the only way out was to escape by boat — a route that cost thousands their lives, she said.

“We appreciate Canada for giving us a chance to rebuild our lives,” said Vo. She learned English by day and washed dishes at night to make ends meet after arriving in Canada.

Phong Nyuyen — a 36-year-old captain in the South Vietnamese army when the communists took over — said he was captured and imprisoned for 10 years. “This day is a chance to remember those who have lost their lives fighting for freedom,” he said.

It was almost 25 years before he was finally re united with his wife and kids in Toronto in 1999.

“It’s a different lifestyle here,” he said. “But we have learned to adapt to our environment.”

Source: TorontoSun.com

Vietnamese Government to Bring to Trial American Activist Nguyen Quoc Quan and Two Other Democracy Promoters

WASHINGTON, May 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Communist authorities in Vietnam will bring to trial American citizen Nguyen Quoc Quan, Thai resident Somsak Khunmi and Vietnamese citizen Nguyen The Vu on May 13, 2008.

On November 17, 2007, security police in Saigon arrested members and supporters of Viet Tan as they were preparing to distribute leaflets promoting democracy through non-violent means. On November 19, Viet Tan issued a press release on the arrest of three members — Nguyen Quoc Quan, Leon Truong and Nguyen Thi Thanh Van — and two supporters — Somsak Khunmi and Nguyen The Vu.

A full five days after Viet Tan’s statement, communist authorities publicly acknowledged the arrests. Meanwhile, security police pretended to find a gun in the checked baggage of two Vietnamese American tourists — Le Van Phan and Nguyen Thi Thinh — at the airport in Saigon and announced that this couple was allegedly connected with Viet Tan. In the following days and weeks, official state media accused the Viet Tan democracy activists of being “terrorists.”

The arrests by Vietnamese authorities of individuals engaging in peaceful political expression sparked protests from governments in the United States, France, Australia, Norway and Switzerland along with many international human rights groups including Human Rights Watch, Reporters Sans Frontieres, Committee to Protect Journalists and Rafto Foundation.

Due to international pressure, the Hanoi government was compelled to release Leon Truong and Nguyen Thi Thanh Van in December. The couple who were framed with the gun and had no relation to Viet Tan were also quietly released.

After nearly six months of detention, restrictions against visits by family members and their respective consulates, communist authorities will charge the three Viet Tan democracy activists with “terrorism.”

We affirm that:

  • Viet Tan is committed to achieving democratic change through peaceful,non-violent means.
  • The legal system in Vietnam is entirely under the control of the Vietnamese Communist Party and all decisions by the court are pre-determined according to political considerations.
  • Viet Tan will continue to rally public opinion from inside the country and abroad to demand the immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners held by the Hanoi regime.

About Viet Tan

With members inside Vietnam and around the world, Viet Tan (Vietnam Reform Party) aims to establish democracy and reform the country through peaceful means.


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