AO victims will win justice, President says

The ongoing struggle of Vietnamese Agent Orange victims to get justice will be successful, President Nguyen Minh Triet said at a charity art show, “Justice and Heart,” held on August 8 to mark Vietnamese Agent Orange Victims Day (August 10).

President Nguyen Minh Triet (C) and former Party General Secretary Le Kha Phieu (R, second) with children at a charity art show, ”Justice and Heart,” held on August 8 to call for support to Vietnamese AO victims. (Photo: SGGP)

The show was jointly held by the Vietnam Association of Victims of Agent Orange/dioxin (VAVA) and the Vietnam Television (VTV) in Hanoi.

Also present at the event were the former Party General Secretary, Le Kha Phieu, the former vice president, Nguyen Thi Binh, and representatives of AO/dioxin victims across the country.

The war ended more than 30 years ago, but its impacts are still felt today, with millions of victims suffering AO-related deformities and diseases, said the President.

Among these victims are many people who devoted their lives to the defense and unification of the country, he said.

“I would like to send our kind regards to all Vietnamese AO victims and their families. I bow in deep respect to AO victims who are former heroic soldiers for their sacrifices for the fatherland. I thank VAVA and VTV for their organization of this show. My thanks also go to individuals and organizations, at home and abroad, that have given support to Vietnamese AO victims.

“I am very grateful to the International Association of Democratic Lawyers for their recent opening of the International People's Tribunal of Conscience in favor of Vietnamese AO victims.”     

The President expressed his belief that the AO victims’ struggle for justice will gain fruitful results and called on individuals and organizations, at home and abroad, to continue giving support.

At the show, individuals and businesses across the country donated more than VND6.6 billion (US$36,700) and 700 T-shirts to Vietnamese AO victims.

The VAVA chairman, Senior Lieutenant-General Nguyen Van Rinh, expressed his thanks to donors for their valuable contributions to efforts to alleviate AO victims’ sufferings. He also expected more support for victims.

On this occasion, VAVA officially launched a campaign to raise a fund of about VND60 billion (US$3.24 million) to build houses and offer healthcare services to AO victims.

By K. Nguyen – Translated by Truc Thinh

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