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Russia tightens checks on meat imports over dioxin crisis

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 12:02 pm

Russia said Saturday it had heightened checks on meat from Germany and other European countries and threatened an import ban after Germany closed thousands of farms over animal feed tainted with dioxin.

Eggs suspected to be contaminated with dioxin, are pictured at a laboratory of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia’s food control institute in Muenster January 4, 2011

The Russian agriculture watchdog said in a statement sent to AFP on Saturday that it had “taken the decision to heighten control of food of animal origin imported from Germany and several other European Union countries”.

It did not specify which European Union countries fell under the tougher rules.

The watchdog also threatened that Russia could ban meat imports if it did not receive official information on the situation as soon as possible and if it were not satisfied by European measures to control the situation.

The watchdog “retains the right to introduce restrictions on supplying food of animal origin to the Russian market from the regions of heightened risk”, it said in the statement.

German officials said Friday they had shut 4,700 farms and destroyed more than 100,000 eggs after tests showed dangerous levels of dioxin, a poisonous chemical compound, in fatty acids used to make industrial animal feed.

The Russian agency complained of its “serious concern” that it had not received any information from Germany or the executive European Commission on the situation and said it had sent an official request.

“The European Union still lacks a system to react urgently to cases that could be dangerous for animals and humans,” the watchdog’s spokesman Alexei Alexeyenko told the Interfax news agency.


Source: SGGP

Anti-Imperialist Court seeks justice for dioxin victims

In Uncategorized on December 21, 2010 at 9:25 am

Anti-Imperialist Court seeks justice for dioxin victims

QĐND – Monday, December 20, 2010, 21:48 (GMT+7)

Thousands of delegates in the 17th World Festival of Youth and Students attended the ‘Anti-Imperialist Court’ held on December 19 as an important part of the event.

Participants presented evidence of the crimes against humanity committed by imperialism. The Vietnamese delegation took part in a hearing that condemned the US using Agent Orange/dioxin in the Vietnam War, which caused severe lasting consequences in Vietnam. The delegation also called for international friends’ support in the lawsuit for justice for Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange poisoning.

The speech by the Vietnamese delegation articulated that from 1961-1971, the US launched about 20,000 sorties to spray about 80 million litres of the poisonous chemicals onto 25,000 hamlets and villages in Vietnam, destroying more than 3 million hectares of natural forest, and leaving about 4.8 million local people infected with dioxin.

Representatives said it was one the most dastardly crimes in human history, with severe and long-term impact on Vietnam.

On January 30, 2004, the Vietnam Association of Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin began legal action against 37 US chemical companies. However, the Supreme Court of the US rejected the trial of this lawsuit in 2009.

Despite this, Vietnam has persevered in pursuing this lawsuit and seeking support from the international community. This effort directly involved the human kind’s joint struggle against war and the use of weapons of mass destruction.

A Vietnamese delegate, who is also a second-generation AO victim, spoke about the aftermath of the dioxin poisoning.

Tran Thi Hoan, 24, made the hall silent as she walked with difficulty to the rostrum. She had handicapped legs, which remained from her knees upward. Her left arm was contracted and handless.

In fluent English, Ms Hoan told the audience about the obstacles and unhappiness of Vietnamese victims of AO, including herself, in daily life. Her story received empathy from many international friends.

Canadian delegate Drew Bowering said everyone in the court learned about the consequences caused by the US chemical agent and in his opinion all people needed to take responsibility in assisting dioxin victims. He stressed that he completely supported the struggle for justice for Vietnam’s dioxin victims in the lawsuit against American chemical companies.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Dioxin treatment project targets hot spots

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:27 am

Dioxin treatment project targets hot spots

QĐND – Wednesday, December 15, 2010, 21:6 (GMT+7)

A seminar to start a dioxin treatment project in hot spots across Vietnam took place in Hanoi on December 15.

The seminar was jointly held by the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment, the Global Environmental Fund and the United Nations Development Programme.

The five-year project, starting from 2010, will deal with and minimise the devastating consequences of the chemicals at and around Da Nang , Bien Hoa (Dong Nai) and Phu Cat (Binh Dinh) airports.

According to statistics released by the Office of the national steering committee for overcoming the consequences of chemicals used by the US during the Vietnam war (called the Office of National Steering Committee 33), from 1961 to 1971 the US military dropped nearly 80 million litres of herbicides on southern Vietnam, of which the majority of the chemicals sprayed were Agent Orange that contained dioxin.

The dioxin levels in the sprayed areas have reduced remarkably, however, the airports where the chemicals were stored are still hot spots.

At the seminar, the participants discussed dioxin treatment plans in the hot spots and the possibility of other sponsors becoming involved in the project.

They spent a lot of time identifying the scale and level of contamination in the three targeted areas, discussing new technologies to treat the areas as well as environmental and human issues during the project.

Richard J. Cooke, an international advisor from the Office of National Steering Committee 33, pointed out that the project needs to place more importance to the technological and environmental requirements of both Vietnam and the rest of the world.

Priority should be given to technologies that can directly be implemented in Vietnam through trade clauses and those with suitable prices for both experiment and application, he said.

The project needs close cooperation and coordination between the Office of National Steering Committee No. 33 and relevant ministries and agencies, especially the Ministry of National Defence, he added.

The project’s steering committee should pay attention to the necessary financial resources to prevent the pollution in the south-western area of Bien Hoa airport and pollution treatment in Phu Cat airport, the expert said.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

French concert supports Vietnamese dioxin victims

In Uncategorized on October 17, 2010 at 10:24 pm

French concert supports Vietnamese dioxin victims

QĐND – Sunday, October 17, 2010, 20:41 (GMT+7)

Le Perreux-sur-Marne in the suburbs of Paris hosted a solidarity concert on October 16 in support of Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange/dioxin.

The event, co-hosted by Jazz Bond Association, Orange Dihoxyn and Orange Fleurs d’espoir, involved both Vietnamese and French amateur composers and singers, who performed soulfully for Vietnam and its dioxin victims.

Vu Thi Xuan Phuong, President of Orange Fleurs d’espoir, said this is one of many charitable activities held annually in France to help the handicapped in Vietnam’s Ninh Binh and Quang Tri provinces and Ho Chi Minh city.

All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Vietnam’s dioxin victims.

A project to build an ecological treatment camp in Ninh Binh province for mentally retarded children was introduced during the concert.

A week of international unity with Vietnamese children suffering from the effects of Agent Orange will take place in France from November 13-21.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Dow Chemical wants to evade dioxin issue, says Len Aldis

In Uncategorized on May 6, 2010 at 12:38 pm

However hard it is, we must find the truth in the struggle for the legitimate interests of Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange (AO), Len Aldis, General Secretary of the Britain-Vietnam Friendship Society, has said.

This undated file photo shows the US army spray defoliant Agent Orange in Vietnam during the war

He said this during talks with Sai Gon Giai Phong newspaper after he could not meet representatives of American company Dow Chemicals at its representative office in Ho Chi Minh City on May 5.

Aldis said he wanted to discuss the AO issue in Vietnam Dow Chemicals representatives in the city.

He said the office told him that “the representatives of Dow Chemicals were not present in Vietnam” and that he should contact Mr. Peter Paul van de Wijs, who is in charge of global government issues for Dow Chemicals.

He said the Dow Chemicals office in HCMC also gave him a copy of a document that he considered a “declaration” of Dow Chemicals about the AO issue in Vietnam.

“Reading it, I could not contain my anger, since it is a totally dishonest statement. Vietnamese Agent Orange victims and American vets will certainly have the same feeling,” he said.            

Aldis said before going to Vietnam, he wrote to Down Chemicals a letter requesting for a dialogue at the representative office and he later received a feedback letter, which reads: “The AO issue is the group’s issue and we are not in position to make a reply about it.”

Aldis said it was simply a way Down Chemicals used to dodge the AO issue in Vietnam .

Dow Chemicals is one of companies making dioxin that the US army sprayed in Vietnam as a defoliant during the Vietnam War.

Source: SGGP

New life for the disabled in dioxin contaminated area

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2010 at 3:39 pm

New life for the disabled in dioxin contaminated area

QĐND – Wednesday, March 24, 2010, 22:25 (GMT+7)

18 people working for the mushroom farm of Tan My co-op in Phong My Commune, Phong Dien District, Thua Thien – Hue Province, lead lives with different hardships. Some are crippled, others even suffer myasthenia gravis and mental illness, and the rest are in poor and lonely plights. The very hardship of life has brought them together, relying on one another to overcome their unlucky fates.

Tran Thi Chien, a lonely women in Luu Hien Hoa Commune, who has been moving with wooden legs since her young ages, has really struggled for survival. Being legless, she could not work on her small farm but hires other farmers to work on it. In fact, the input costs and pay for the workers take away most of the farm benefits.

With many difficulties in life, she often asked to her self: “What to do to live on?” One day, I heard that our commune was funded to set up an  oyster mushroom farm for local poor and disabled. It was such a golden opportunity, and she applied to work and was offered a job there.

“Now, I have found a suitable job which does not require me to move much but brings me a stable income. Such a good luck has finally come to me”, she happily said.

At the age of nearly 70, Nguyen Thien, a one-armed man from Tan Lap Commune, is still agile and active in his job at the mushroom farm. “I have worked here since the very first days of the farm establishment. Farming mushrooms is light work and is suitable for disabled people as me. Working there, I feel much better now. I hate being a burden for my children”, he said. Le Thi Ut, a 51-year-old-woman of the ethnic minority group of Pa-Hi in Ha Long Village, Phong My Commune, confided that, “Being trapped in poverty, I did not know how to earn enough money to pay for schooling fees and food for my seven children. Today, my financial difficulties have been eased as I have a good job at the farm.”

“In addition to a good income, the workers here live in harmonious and helpful relationships, ready to share things with each other,” she said.

Do Khang, the manager of the farm said, “Our workers are either physically or mentally disabled and suffer lots of difficulties in their lives. But in this farm, they are assigned to appropriate work and can get stable incomes. At present, the average salary ranges from 800,000 to 1.2 million VND per month, depending on their working abilities. We are planning to expand our production in the forthcoming time with the aim to help more unlucky fates in and around our locality.”

Phong My is a commune that has a severe impact of dioxin, known as agent orange. Many local people here are the victims of the poison.

Tan My mushroom farm was founded in July 2009 with a cost of VND 1.6 billion funded by the Czech Government. This is also part of a project to reintegrate disadvantaged people which Jiri Kocourek Applied Sociology (JKAS), in collaboration with local authorities, implements in Vietnam.

Source: TP

Translated by Le Trang-Thu Nguyen

Source: QDND

US, Vietnam sign agreement on dioxin remediation programs

In Vietnam Society on December 17, 2009 at 2:07 pm

The US Government and Vietnam’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding that lays the framework for implementing environmental health and remediation programs. 

The American Embassy in Hanoi says the overall objective of the program is to contribute to the enhanced quality of life of Vietnamese citizens by helping to improve environmental, health, and social conditions. 

The memorandum of understanding outlines the coordination framework between the implementing agencies – the ministry’s Office of National Steering Committee 33 and the US Agency for International Development (USAID). 

According to the US Ambassador to Vietnam, Michael Michalak, “This MOU marks an important milestone and a new level of commitment in working together to find new and innovative solutions to a complex problem.”

The MOU covers activities funded by US$6 million in U.S. Congressional appropriations in 2007 and 2009.  To date, the U.S. Government has financed projects with East Meets West Foundation, Save the Children, and Vietnam Assistance to the Handicapped to provide health, educational and socials services to people with disabilities in Danang. 

This funding also supports work with other donors to help Danang City gather more information about its disabled populations and develop programs to better meet their needs, according to the American Embassy.

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