UN to Further Support Vietnam in Human Rights Issues
The UN official made the remark while addressing an international consultation workshop on the second draft voluntary mid-term report on the implementation of Universal Periodic Review (UPR) third cycle recommendations in Hanoi on December 10, VNA reported.
The theme of this year’s Human Rights Day (December 10) is Equality, she said, highlighting human rights issues in such spheres as labour and employment, and the rights of women and children.
UNDP Resident Representative in Vietnam Caitlin Wiesen also presented opinions on the draft report.
This is the first time that Vietnam has compiled a mid-term report on the implementation of UPR third cycle recommendations, which will be sent to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC).
|At the international consultation workshop on the second draft voluntary mid-term report on the implementation of Universal Periodic Review (UPR) third cycle recommendations in Hanoi on December 10. Photo: VNA|
In his opening remarks, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dang Hoang Giang emphasised the significance of Human Rights Day and the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, saying the best way to ensure and promote human rights globally is to conduct result-oriented cooperation and dialogue, both bilateral and multilateral, and promote the spirit of international solidarity as well as the principles of equality, transparency and non-discrimination.
Giang reiterated Vietnam’s commitment and consistent policy of human rights protection and promotion, with people as the centre, goal and motivation for national development, which, he said, has been reflected through documents of the 13th National Party Congress as well as during the COVID-19 pandemic combat.
A responsible member of the UN and the international community, Vietnam always pays attention to the UPR process, and strongly commits to further contributing to activities of the UNHRC in an active and responsible manner, especially in the context of the country running for a seat at the council for 2023-2025, he said.
In October, Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the UN, also underlined the need to enhance global solidarity, promote the production and equitable distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine at a reasonable cost in a timely and universal manner across the world.
He made the statement during deliberation of the Third Committee - Social, Humanitarian & Cultural Issues of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) chaired by Ambassador Mohamed Siad Doualeh (Djibouti), which ran from September 30 to November 19, within the 76th session of the UNGA.
Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the United Nations. Photo: TG&VN)
Quy used the occasion to express Vietnam’s gratitude to partners, international organizations, and people worldwide for their support of Vietnam's fight against Covid-19.
The Ambassador affirmed that human rights protection is in all countries’ interests and the promotion and protection of human rights should be based on constructive approaches and dialogues.
In addition to not intervening in internal affairs, countries should respect the territorial integrity and political independence in line with principles of the UN Charter and international law, as well as respect historical, social and cultural conditions, along with the context of nations' development.
Civil rights and political, economic, social, and cultural rights or those for development must be treated as equal, according to VNS.
The Ambassador reiterated that promoting and protecting human rights are of top priority, an ultimate goal, and momentum for Vietnam’s sustainable development.
He touched on Vietnam's recent achievements in these fields, as well as the country’s commitments to engaging in dialogues and cooperation with UN bodies, special rapporteurs, and independent experts of the UN Human Rights Council, in order to protect and promote human rights.
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