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Rights of citizens abroad discussed

Update: October, 09/2015 - 08:57
Foreign Ministry spokesman Le Hai Binh. — File Photo

HA NOI (VNS) — Foreign Ministry spokesman Le Hai Binh answered reporters' queries about Viet Nam protecting its citizens abroad during a press briefing in Ha Noi yesterday.

Asked about the death of Vietnamese businesswoman Ha Thuy Linh, who was poisoned in China, Binh said Linh's family has contacted Chinese authorities for support.

The ministry directed the Vietnamese Consulate General in Guangzhou to co-ordinate with local authorities to investigate the case and repatriate Linh's body.

The ministry's Consular Department sent a diplomatic note to the Chinese Embassy in Ha Noi, asking for co-operation on the case.

Turning to a recent attack on three Vietnamese men in Osaka, Japan that left one dead and two others seriously injured, Binh said three suspects would be brought to trial.

Nguyen Trong Tuan, who died in the assault, will be cremated in Japan and brought home with the support of the Vietnamese Consulate General in Osaka and local authorities.

Another victim, Trinh Hoai Nam, has been discharged from hospital and is recovering. The third, Hoang Quoc Toan, is being treated at Osaka National Hospital.

Binh said the Vietnamese Consulate General in Osaka would work with local authorities and the victims' families to guarantee their rights.

In Angola, a worker named Le Van Que, 32, from Nghi Xuan in Ha Tinh Province, was shot by armed robbers in Viana, Luanda on October 4. Binh said the Vietnamese Embassy in Angola asked authorised agencies to investigate the case and ensure the safety of the Vietnamese community there. The Embassy would also help repatriate Que's body.

On the assault and abuse of Vietnamese workers by their employer in Algeria, Binh said the Vietnamese Embassy asked Simco Song Da – the Vietnamese company that sent workers to Algeria – to work with the employer to ensure that the rights and interests of Vietnamese workers were protected.

Over the past 24 hours the ministry had kept in touch with the Vietnamese Embassy for the latest information, which would be announced through the Consular Department and Press and Information Department, he said. — VNS

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