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VWU letter to the Korean Chosun Daily
Posted: Apr 28,2006

Yesterday (Apr. 27), VWU sent a letter to the Korean Chosun Daily as follows:

Vietnamese people, especially our women, are angry about the article "Vietnamese Young Women Coming to Korea – A Land of Hopes" published in the Chosun Daily Newspaper on April 21, 2006. The article has abused Vietnamese women’s dignity and rights, particularly those who are married to Korean men. We deeply regret that this article has caused severe reactions in our country.


In Viet Nam, marriage between foreigners and Vietnamese women based on mutual respect and love, is protected by law. With a view of protecting women's rights and legitimate interests at home as well as abroad, the Vietnam Women’s Union sees women being trafficked in any forms as victims who need our necessary protection and assistance. Any practices related to illegal marriage, violating our morality and laws, are voiced by the public and addressed by the law.


Although the Korean Embassy, based in Hanoi has extended an apology on behalf of the Chosun Daily Newspaper, we request the Chosun Daily Newspaper to convey an official apology to Vietnamese women and we do hope the similar mistake never happens again.


Hope to receive your positive response.


With Regards


Vietnam Women’s Union

Translated by Int’l Relations Department

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"... From the beginning of the first century A.D., when the two Trung Sisters rose up to fight the enemy and save the nation, until now, whenever our country has faced danger, our women have contributed whatever they could toward the cause of national liberation.

Our people are grateful that our mothers from South and North alike have borne and raised our nation's generation of heroes....

Under the Socialist system, tens of thousands of women have become specialists in different fields and, as cadre, serve as directors and vice-directors of factories, leaders of farming cooperatives, presidents of People’s Committees, and general secretaries of Party Cells....

And so, the women of Vietnam from ancient times until now, from South to North, from young to old, are truly heroes ..."

(Excerpted from President Ho Chi Minh's speech on the 36th Anniversary of Vietnam Women's Union 20 October 1966)

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