Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc highly values the UK
side's cooperation throughout the investigation process and asks relevant
authorities to take the victims home soon. Photo: VGP
Thursday 7 November 2019
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, on behalf of the
Government of Viet Nam, just extended his deepest condolences to the
families of the victims who lost their life in a far way land.
This is not only the boundless sorrow of the
families of the victims but also the shared sorrow of the whole community
and each of Vietnamese, Phuc said.
He taske the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the
Ministry of Public Security, relevant agencies and localities to coordinate
closely with the UK side to take the victims home soon.
The Government chief strongly condemns human
trafficking and illegal sending of Vietnamese people abroad while calling on
countries across the globe to continue accelerating cooperation in fighting
this kind of crime and bringing those responsible to justice.
PM Phuc also highly valued the UK side's close
coordination with the Vietnamese authorities throughout the investigation
Thursday 7 November 2019
In a statement released Thursday evening, the
Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security said that the victims came from Hai
Phong, Hai Duong, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Thua Thien-Hue.
Thursday 7 November 2019
The Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced
Thursday evening that the competent authorities of Viet Nam and the UK have
completed identification process and found that all 39 victims are
Vietnamese authorities have informed families of the
victims about the identification outcomes and are coordinating with the UK
side and the families to carry out the next steps.
Thursday 7 November 2019
Deputy Spokesperson of the Vietnamese Foreign
Ministry Ngo Toan Thang told a room of reporters that Viet Nam and the UK
have been actively coordinating in quickening the process of identifying
nationality of 39 people who were found dead in Essex.
Further information in connection with the case will
be made public soon, Thang said.
Tuesday 5 November 2019
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs To Anh Dung
expressed thanks to the active cooperation of British functional agencies,
affirming that Viet Nam will positively join hands with the British side to
clarify the identity of 39 victims in the Essex lorry tragedy.
Dung held working sessions with Minister of Asia and
the Pacific at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United
Kingdom Heather Wheeler, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Home
Office Seema Kennedy, Senior Coroner for Essex Caroline
Beasley-Murray and Director General of Economic and Global Issues at the UK
Foreign and Commonwealth Office Menna Rawlings.
The Vietnamese functional agencies will carry out
all citizen protection measures in necessary cases, said Dung, suggesting
the British side support Viet Nam in this process.
He proposed the UK boost the investigation process,
strictly punish those who are responsible for the case and enhance
coordination with the Vietnamese side in preventing illegal migration.
Monday 4 November 2019
Deputy Foreign Minister To Anh Dung had a working
session with representatives of the UK Department of Home Affairs and Essex
During the working session, Dung, who was tasked by
Prime Minister to lead a delegation to the UK, extended thanks for the UK’s
close cooperation, asking competent agencies of the two countries to quicken
the process of identifying nationality of the victims as soon as possible.
He also asked the Vietnamese Embassy in London to
continue working closely with the local authorities and prepare possible
citizen protection plans if necessary.
The same day, Dung also signed the Book of
Condolences and laid wreaths to commemorate 39 people who found dead in a
refrigerated truck in Essex a fortnight ago.
Monday 4 November 2019
Police in the central province of Nghe An have
arrested eight people in relation to the case of 39 people found dead in a
refrigerated truck in Essex, the UK a fortnight ago, Major General Nguyen
Huu Cau, Director of the provincial Police Department told reporters on the
sidelines of the 8th working session of the 14th National Assembly.
Cau said the local police have coordinated with
central competent agencies to collect and test fingerprints of 21 people
suspected of having relations to the case.
Sunday 3 November 2019
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has extended his
deepest condolences to families of the Essex lorry tragedy after he received
latest reports from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Phuc, who was in Bangkok, Thailand to attend the
35th ASEAN Summit and related Summits, tasked the Ministry of Public
Security and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to promptly send delegations to
the UK to collaborate with the host country’s competent authorities to
settle related issues.
The Government chief also asked local authorities to
take measures to condole families of the victims to help them overcome such
Saturday 2 November 2019
On his Twitter account, Deputy Prime Minister,
Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh wrote: “There were Vietnamese believed to be
among 39 migrants who were found dead in a lorry in Essex. With deepest
sorrows, I would like to extend deep sympathy with and sincere condolences
to families of the victims. Viet Nam will continue working closely with the
UK competent authorities in the case.
Friday 1 November 2019
Foreign Ministry’ s Spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang on
Friday labeled the Essex lorry deaths as a “serious humanitarian tragedy”
following the UK police’s announcement saying the Essex victims are thought
to be Vietnamese.
“We are deeply saddened and offer our deepest
sympathy to families of the victims and hope they will soon overcome such
the huge loss,” said the Spokesperson
Immediately after hearing the case, the Vietnamese
Foreign Ministry directed the Consular Department and Embassy in London to
coordinate with relevant agencies and localities of Viet Nam and the UK,
provide information related to the case to support identification of
nationality of the victims, open hotlines to receive information and prepare
citizen protection measures in case Vietnamese are among the victims, Hang
The Vietnamese Embassy also transferred
identification results from the UK police to Viet Nam’s competent
authorities for cross-check.
The Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security and UK
police are coordinating in identifying the victims thought to be Vietnamese
for early official information announcement, according to Hang.
Viet Nam strongly condemns human smuggling
activities, which is a serious crime that must be strictly punished, Hang
Viet Nam calls on other countries in the region and
the world to step up cooperation in combating human smuggling in order to
prevent the recurrence of similar tragedies, Hang said.
She took the occasion to emphasize that Viet Nam
extends thanks to and highly values the efforts made by the UK side in
identification process and in coordination with Viet Nam’s competent
authorities over the past time.
"We hope that the British side would soon complete
the investigation to bring those responsible for this tragedy to justice,"
Thursday 31 October 2019
Vietnamese Minister of Public Security To Lam and UK
Home Secretary Priti Patel discussed coordination in identifying nationality
of 39 people found dead in Essex, during their phone conversation.
Lam expressed regret over the tragedy in Essex
county, saying that right after receiving information on the incident, the
Ministry promptly and proactively directed its units and localities to
quickly conduct verification, collect information and stand ready to join
hands with the UK side when requested.
The two sides also exchanged ideas on a number of
relevant issues, and agreed on various important contents in the
Minister Lam thanked the UK Secretary for her
goodwill in cooperating and sharing information on the incident, affirming
that the Ministry has been and will be continuing to closely cooperate with
relevant authorities of the UK to investigate the case.
The Ministry is ready to send working teams to the
UK to join hands with its police in investigating and verifying identities
of the victims, said Lam.
He expressed his hope that the UK will take measures
to stabilize security and safety of the Vietnamese citizens studying and
working in the UK.
Lam also suggested that both sides should foster
their effective cooperation in the fields of mutual interest, especially in
combatting human trafficking.
Over the past days, Vietnamese polices have taken
forensic samples from people in central Viet Nam after they reported to
local authorities that their family members may be among the victims of the
The DNA collection aims to support the
identification of nationalities of the 39 victims.
Wednesday 30 October 2019
UK Ambassador to Viet Nam Gareth Ward released a
statement saying the UK side commits to working with the Vietnamese side as
the investigation and process of identifying victims continues.
"We continue to work closely with the Vietnamese
Government and remain committed to tackling all forms of human trafficking,"
according to the diplomat's second statement within the past week.
Tuesday 29 October 2019
Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung held phone
talks with UK Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Asia and
the Pacific) Heather Wheeler.
The Government and people of Viet Nam would like to
extend condolences to families of the 39 people, who were found dead in
Essex, whatever the nationalities the victims have, Dung said.
Dung suggested the UK side to support deployment of
citizen protection measures in case Vietnamese are among victims of the
Meanwhile Wheeler affirmed that the UK is trying its
best to identify nationality of the victims and stands ready to cooperate
with relevant parties to quickly complete the identification process.
Both sides expressed their shock at the incident and
strongly condemned human trafficking.
They also affirmed their determination to combat
trans-national organized crime while calling on the international community
to strengthen cooperation in fighting this kind of crime.
Monday 28 October 2019
Permanent Deputy Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son told
reporters on Monday that the UK side has sent four sets of dossiers related
to the Essex lorry deaths to the Ministry of Public Security to ask for
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is developing
dossiers of possible victims but until now there have been no grounds to
confirm Vietnamese nationals are among the victims, Son said.
The Vietnamese Embassy in London has dispatched
permanent diplomat to the scene while a representative of the Foreign
Ministry will meet the British Ambassador in Viet Nam on October 28 to
The same day, Nguyen Dac Vinh-Secretary of the Nghe
An Provincial Party Committee said local authorities have taken hair and
nail samples of the families who have reported that their relatives may be
among the Essex victims and coordinate with the UK side in investigation
Vinh called on local residents to wait for exact
information from competent authorities and avoid speculations that may make
the families more anxious.
He recommended citizens should go to work abroad
through legal channels protected by the Vietnamese State.
As of October 27, 24 families in Nghe An and Ha Tinh
reported to local authorities that their relatives are missing in the Europe
and the UK, according to VNExpress.
Police arrived to these families to take DNA in
order to coordinate with the UK side in identifying whether their relatives
are among the victims.
Monday 28 October 2019
UK Ambassador in Viet Nam Gareth Ward released a
statement on Monday on the deaths of 39 people in Essex.
In his statement, the diplomat said he met with the
Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security to discuss the recent tragedy in the
UK, where 39 individuals were found dead in Essex.
“At this time, we have not received confirmation as
to who these people are, and where they are from. But whatever nationality
they have, our hearts go out to their families and friends”, the statement
“We know that there is a lot of concern amongst
Vietnamese communities in the UK and in Viet Nam about this tragedy. I
discussed with the Ministry of Public Security how we would work closely
together during the process of victim identification.
As the UK police have explained to my colleague-the
Vietnamese Ambassador in London, this identification process will take time
to ensure the identity of the victims, to guarantee forensic accuracy, and
to secure information for the ongoing investigation.
Sunday 27 October, 2019
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc ordered a probe into
trafficking of Vietnamese citizens amid fear that Vietnamese are among
victims of the 39 people found dead in a refrigerated container of
the semi-trailer truck at an industrial park in Essex, the UK.
The Government chief tasked the Ministry of Public
Security to coordinate with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and local
authorities of Nghe An, Ha Tinh and relevant localities to promptly probe
the tragedy in the UK.
He also asked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to
direct the Vietnamese Embassy in London to closely monitor and coordinate
with the British side to verify whether Vietnamese nationals are among the
Concerned agencies must report to the Prime Minister
before November 5.
Saturday 26 October 2019
The Vietnamese Embassy in London announced its
hotline +44 7713 181501 to help Vietnamese nationals seeking assistance
after British police found the bodies of the 39 people in a refrigerated
container of the semi-trailer truck at an industrial park in Essex.
Those seeking assistance in relation to the case can
also contact Viet Nam’s general citizen protection hotline +84981 8484 84.
The Embassy in London has worked with British police
to identify the nationality of the victims, according to the Vietnamese
Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Wednesday 23 October 2019
Essex police found 39 people dead at Waterglade
Industrial Park on Eastern Avenue in Grays in Essex, the UK.
Early indications suggest 38 are adults and one aged
in their teens./.