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Embassy calls on Indonesia to ensure living conditions for detained Vietnamese fishermen

06:45 | 24/09/2020

The Vietnamese Embassy in Indonesia has called on a detention centre of the immigration office in Pontianak city to provide good living conditions for detained Vietnamese fishermen.

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The Vietnamese Embassy in Indonesia has held an online meeting with over 50 Vietnamese fishermen temporarily kept at a detention centre of the immigration office in Pontianak city. Photo: Vietnamese Embassy in Indonesia

The Vietnamese Embassy in Indonesia has called on a detention centre of the immigration office in Pontianak city to provide good living conditions for detained Vietnamese fishermen, particularly in terms of healthcare amid COVID-19.

At a recent online meeting, a representative of the centre said the fishermen have been asked to follow medical regulations like wearing masks, washing their hands frequently, and practicing personal hygiene.

During the virtual meeting with over 50 Vietnamese fishermen temporarily kept at the centre, the embassy asked them about their health and living conditions, and reminded them to observe disease prevention and control measures.

The fishermen said they are well housed and strictly follow the centre’s medical regulations, adding that all of them are in fair health.

embassy calls on indonesia to ensure living conditions for detained vietnamese fishermen
The detained Vietnamese fishermen hope to return home when possible. Photo: Vietnamese Embassy in Indonesia

On this occasion, the fishermen thanked the Vietnamese State and the embassy for arranging repatriation flights for some of them and hoped that others will go home when possible.

Vietnam and Indonesia are yet to resume commercial flights and the embassy is working to help organise special flights to bring home Vietnamese citizens in the country, including fishermen.

In June, an online conversation was also held between the embassy and other Vietnamese fishermen at the Batam detention centre on Riau Island.

Since the beginning of the year, Indonesian authorities have arrested 283 Vietnamese fishermen, of them 108 have been flown home./.

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