Taiwan Church News
December 17 – 23, 2018
Victim Families Of Six Vietnamese Emigrant Workers Cry For Justice
Reported by Lin Yi-yin
In the early morning on December 14, 2017, six Vietnamese emigrant workers died and five seriously injured due to a deadly blaze occurred in the sheet metal dormitory of Sican Co., Ltd at Luzhu district of Taoyuan City.
After an year of fire investigation, the public prosecutor still cannot indict the employer Sican Company, due to no strong evidence to prove this deadly fire could be attributed to the fault of Sican management.
More surprising is the fact that the sheet metal dormitory, into which eleven Vietnamese emigrant workers lived, was an illegal building not approved or recognized by any official architecture regulation. This hard situation made further investigation and legal lawsuits much more difficult to proceed.
Victim family of one Vietnam emigrant worker, Mr Nguyen, came to Taiwan to seek the legal support from Taiwan Association for Victims of Occupational Injuries(TAVOI). Through a recent Facebook live stream clip, TAVOI researcher Liu Nien-yun and lawyer Chang Yu-yih shared this tragic story of these Vietnamese emigrant workers and their heart-broken families and urged Taiwan society to care the victim families and concern this issue with adequate measures.
Translated by Peter Wolfe