IN a recent meeting hosted by the Ministry of Justice, officials in Vietnam discussed ways to protect children against violence, including increasing awareness on laws and legal rights.
Vice Minister of Justice Nguyen Khanh Ngoc emphasized the need to know the appropriate actions and policies on children’s rights, as this is one of the challenges in law enforcement in the country.
Government data show that 8,709 children were identified as victims of violence in 2015 and June 2019, in which 71 percent were involved in cases of sexual violence. Such cases continue to be a challenge to the SouthEast Asian nation due to social intolerance, shame, fear, and distrust.
Furthermore, Ambassador Giorgio Aliberti, Head of the European Union Delegation to Vietnam said that one indispensable principle is to leave no one behind, especially children in need and those in vulnerable groups — from ethnic minorities, children with disabilities, children out of school, children without parental care, and young girls.
The ambassador added that the country needed to be united in keeping children safe from vulnerability. “To achieve this, we need to change our attitudes and practices by recognizing these children as vulnerable citizens in the community,” he said.