Your say (22-08-2008) Will adoption bring orphans a better life? Last week, Viet Nam News raised the question of whether foreign adoption was a good thing for Vietnamese orphans. We asked readers to consider how adoption should be managed to avoid negative consequences for both the children and adoptive parents. Here are some opinions we received. Philippe Neyroud, Swiss, HCM City: According to the UN Child Rights Convention, signed by almost all the countries in the world, the interest of the child is the main point on which public policies must be focused. And it appears very clearly that some countries don’t have sufficient laws or structures to prevent private adoption, which may be child trafficking and this is unfortunately a reality that occurs every day. The best way to prevent child trafficking is to have laws that don’t allow private structures to propose children for adoption. It’s the State authority’s responsibility to protect children and to give … [Read more...] about Will adoption bring orphans a better life?
Adopting refugee orphans from syria
United Nations agencies marked World Refugee Day on Sunday in Syria, a country from which millions have fled a five-year civil war. DAMASCUS: United Nations agencies marked World Refugee Day on Sunday (Jun 19) in Syria, a country from which millions have fled a five-year civil war. Some refugees from other countries have decided to stay in Syria despite the devastating conflict. "Syria has been a host to refugees for many, many decades," said Sajjad Malik, the UN refugee agency's chief in Damascus. "If you look at Syria's history it has always been open borders where refugees come and stay inside Syria," he told AFP. "It's unfortunate that the civil war, the conflict here, has resulted in Syrians who have left and become refugees in a number of countries around the world." The UN is organising activities in the country involving Syrians and refugees to "raise awareness" and emphasise the message that refugees are normal people who have been forced to flee. One of the activities was a … [Read more...] about UN marks refugee day in Syria, from where millions have fled
Moscow will begin withdrawing its forces from Syria on Tuesday, ending its controversial bombing campaign, as a new round of UN-backed peace talks seek to end the conflict now in its sixth year. MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday (May 14) announced the withdrawal of Moscow's forces from Syria in a shock move as fresh peace talks began in Geneva. But hopes for a breakthrough at the talks remained remote with both sides locked in a bitter dispute over the future of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on the eve of the fifth anniversary of the brutal conflict. The Kremlin said Putin had called Assad to inform Moscow's long-standing ally of the move that appears to end the main part of its controversial bombing campaign that began in September. "The task that was set before our defence ministry and armed forces has as a whole been completed and so I order the defence ministry to from tomorrow start the withdrawal of the main part of our military contingents from the Syrian … [Read more...] about Putin orders withdrawal of Russian forces from Syria as peace talks start
The first of Moscow's warplanes landed back in Russia from Syria on Tuesday at the start of a surprise withdrawal that Western governments hope could boost peace talks by pressuring the Damascus regime. MOSCOW: The first of Moscow's warplanes landed back in Russia from Syria on Tuesday (Mar 15) at the start of a surprise withdrawal that Western governments hope could boost peace talks by pressuring the Damascus regime. UN peace envoy Staffan de Mistura described the pullout as a "significant development" for the negotiations that began in Geneva on Monday in the latest push to end the brutal conflict as it enters its sixth year. "We hope (this) will have a positive impact on the progress of the negotiations," he said in a statement. President Vladimir Putin on Monday ordered the "main part" of Russia's forces out of the war-torn nation, but the Kremlin denied it was trying to pressure its long-time ally President Bashar al-Assad. Russia will, however, keep a contingent at its air and … [Read more...] about Russia planes return from Syria in hope for peace talks
Jordanian Islamist Ahmad Mahmoud fought with rebels in Syria for six weeks earlier this year, then slipped back across the border to seek treatment for a war wound - even though the authorities had warned him not to return. Within a week the bearded 23-year-old fighter found himself in the dock at a military court, facing terrorism charges filed by authorities who are taking an increasingly tough stance against homegrown militants fighting in Syria's civil war. Their rising numbers have rattled the Hashemite kingdom, a U.S. ally against Islamist militancy. Amman treats returning jihadists as a security threat to be nipped in the bud and, with an eye to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's potential to tough out the uprising against him, wants to keep channels open to a government with which it retains diplomatic and trade ties. Three years into Syria's civil war a growing number of Jordanian jihadists are coming home, some disillusioned by infighting within rebel ranks, others … [Read more...] about Jordanian jihadis returning from Syria war rattle US-aligned kingdom