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Workshop "Ensuring the rights of migrant Vietnamese workers" to address 5 key issues

January 15, 2021 | 16:25

On January 15, the Government Standing Office of Human Rights held a workshop "Ensuring the rights of migrant Vietnamese workers". The workshop, held at the beginning of 2021, expected a milestone to start a new year of many challenges and opportunities in the protection and assurance of human rights in Vietnam.

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The workshop attended by Major General, PhD Mr Nguyen Van Ky, Deputy Chief of Human Rights Office Ms Nguyen Thi Thanh Huong, Head of Human Rights Division, Office of Human Rights; Mr. Nguyen Gia Liem, Deputy Director of Department of Overseas Labor, Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs Mr. Dinh Tien Dung, Deputy Director of Department of External Information, Ministry of Information and Communications; Senior Lieutenant Colonel Phan Quoc Viet, Department of Criminal Police, Ministry of Public Security and delegates from local Human Rights Steering Committees ...

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Workshop "Ensuring the rights of migrant Vietnamese workers" in Hai Phong on January 15, 2021.

According to the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs' statistics, Vietnam has more than 1 million workers working abroad. Those working abroad for a definite term contribute to job creation, vocational training, income increasing, poverty reduction, and life improvement for many workers. However, besides the advantages, it is existing the situation of Vietnamese workers fleeing, violating the contract, violating the law in the destination country, the situation of illegal migrant workers, workers being violated their rights in the destination country and especially the criminals taking advantage of migrant workers to commit crimes of trafficking.

PhD. Nguyen Van Ky, Deputy Chief of the Human Rights Office, making opening speech at the workshop that: This workshop aims to discuss unanimous assessment and clarification of 5 basic issues: Firstly: the basic rights of workers under international law and responsibilities of related parties in ensuring the rights of migrant workers. Secondly: assessing the current situation of migrant Vietnamese workers, the exercise of their rights and the risks they often face, challenges in ensuring the rights of migrant workers abroad. Thirdly: clarifying the situation of protecting the rights of migrant Vietnamese workers, especially victims of human trafficking and those whose rights are violated in the destination country. Fourthly: clarifying the role of media in contributing to ensuring the rights of migrant Vietnamese workers.

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Major general, PhD Nguyen Van Ky, Deputy Chief of Human Rights Office, delivers the opening speech at the workshop.

In particular, the workshop would provide recommendations and solutions to improve the efficiency of ensuring the rights of migrant Vietnamese workers, prevention of illegal overseas migrant workers, and fraud employment abroad, supporting returning victims, thereby promoting communication to help workers fully realize their rights and responsibilities, and fight against activities destroying Vietnam's democracy by using the issue of "democracy, human rights", hostile forces' distorting propaganda on the Party and State's efforts to ensure the rights of workers working abroad.

Mr. Nguyen Gia Liem - Deputy Director of the Department of Overseas Labor sharing about the topic of ensuring the rights of overseas workers that: " It is perfectly legitimate need and freedom for everyone to go abroad seeking suitable jobs , raising income and improving their knowledge and skills."

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Mr. Nguyen Gia Liem - Deputy Director of Department of Overseas Labor shared the topic of ensuring the rights of workers working abroad.

The number of overseas Vietnamese workers has steadily increased every year (as per the accompanied statistics), especially in the last 5 years, each year it has increased by about 10,000 people, particularly: 2016: 126 thousand ; 2017: 135 thousand; 2018: 143 thousand; 2019: 152 thousand; however, in 2020, due to the effects of the Covid-19 epidemic, the number of overseas workers has decreased more than 78 thousand people. Along with the number of workers abroad has increased, the number of Vietnamese workers currently working in foreign labor markets has also increased significantly, from about 500,000 in 2010 to about 580 thousand people.

The above mentioned results of workers sent to work abroad not only contribute to job creation, reducing the pressure on job creation for domestic workers (accounting for about 7-9 % of the number of employees every year nationwide), but also thereby contributing to improving the lives of workers and families. Many families whose members working abroad have escaped poverty, and have conditions to invest in production and business, especially in localities where many workers abroad have changed their village with many spacious houses, assisting to stabilizing social security in the locality. In addition, the overseas workers also improve their professional skills, acquire knowledge, foreign languages ​​and advanced working style from abroad, becoming an important human resource for the country in the period of national industrialization and modernization.

At the workshop, in addition to the topic "Ensuring the rights of migrant Vietnamese workers", delegates did also be provided information through the following topics: "Ensuring the rights of migrant workers according to international standards and some suggestions of protecting Vietnamese citizens as migrant workers ”; “Vietnam's efforts to combat human trafficking through migrant workers.”; “The overview of activities supporting returned trafficking victims” and “The role of media in the Vietnam's policy of communication on overseas migrant workers to ensure the rights of migrant Vietnamese workers ”.

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Translated by Tarah Nguyen

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