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Friday, March 24, 2006

News Update Vietnam

Asia-Pacific HIV/AIDS Conference Adopts Call to Action to Stem Epidemic Among Children

March 24, 2006

Hanoi - Health experts from 19 countries and about 30 international agencies met on Wednesday in Hanoi to attend the three-day East Asia and Pacific Conference on HIV/AIDS and Children and resources on protecting children from the epidemic.

According to kaisernetwork.org:

“According to UNAIDS figures from 2004, an estimated 1.5 million children in the Asia-Pacific region have lost one or both parents to AIDS-related complications and an additional 121,000 children are HIV-positive. About 35,000 children in the region are in need of antiretroviral treatment.”

“Increased efforts to improve HIV testing among pregnant women in the Asia-Pacific region are needed to prevent mother-to-child transmission of the virus, officials at the Regional Conference said on Thursday, Associated Press reports.”

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The Human Rights Dialogue with Vietnam: Hearing Notice

Washington - Please note this upcoming hearing on Vietnam’s human rights:

Asia and the Pacific Subcommittee and Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations Subcommittee joint hearing on "The Human Rights Dialogue with Vietnam: Is Vietnam Making Significant Progress?” on March 29, 2006 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building at 2:00 p.m.

PARTICIPANTS: Barry Lowenkron, assistant secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, State Department; John Hanford III, ambassador-at-large, Office of International Religious Freedom, State Department; Eric John, deputy assistant secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, State Department; Michael Cromartie, chairman, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom; Kay Reibold, project development specialist, Montagnard Human Rights Organization; Nguyen Dinh Thang, executive director, Boat People SOS, Inc.; and Doan Viet Hoat, president, International Institute for Vietnam, testify.

Development and Deforestation Threaten Central Highlands

March 20, 2006

Vietnam - During the Central Highlands Culture Festival (March 16-30) writer Nguyen Ngoc spoke about threats to Vietnam’s indigenous peoples and the land they inhabit. He said that while the government has issued policies to protect cultures in the Central Highlands, problems remain. The disappearing forest is one primary concern for indigenous peoples. For the Central Highlanders the forest sustains every aspect of their lives – they build their houses, get their food and make their musical instruments from forest and also build their spiritual life on it.

Nguyen Ngoc said that “The Central Highlanders forest is disappearing day by day and this means that the environment for local people and their culture is also shrinking.”

According to VietNamNet’s report, “Anthropologists worry that rare folk cultures of the Vietnam mountain areas are disappearing with development and modernisation.”

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