Viet boy's case a disgrace

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 03 February, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 03 February, 1994, 12:00am

I WISH to add my voice to those who have written in these columns on the case of Ngo Van Ho, a 15-year-old Vietnamese boy, an illegal immigrant. The support given to him by his Vietnamese friends when he was being removed from the camp was very touching. The action of the bureaucracy that removed him while his case was being appealed was infuriating and inhuman. I have never been in favour of allowing Vietnamese, especially unaccompanied children, to remain in Hong Kong. It is soul-killing for the migrantswho have been misled by political propaganda to seek asylum elsewhere. It is also unjust that the Hong Kong people should have the burden thrust on them by the policies and propaganda of other countries.

But surely we cannot sacrifice all humanitarian values to cold policy, and other factors can be taken into consideration.

Since the boy is already here, and his relatives in the United States are willing to receive him, is there any earthly reason to reject his request to join them but to insist that he should go where he is not wanted in Vietnam? Do children not have humanrights? This case, if it has been correctly reported, is appalling. Where are our human rights champions? ELSIE TU Legislative Councillor