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UN body OKs Vietnam human rights report

Publication Date : 23-06-2014


The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has approved Vietnam's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on human rights in the second cycle, acknowledging the country's efforts in protecting and promoting fundamental human rights.

Addressing the June 20 session in Geneva, Ambassador Nguyen Trung Thanh, head of the Vietnamese delegation, announced the list of recommendations accepted by Vietnam from the 18th session of the UPR Working Group in February this year.

Of the 227 recommendations, Vietnam has supported 182, accounting for 80.17 per cent. This high percentage demonstrates Vietnam's seriousness, openness and determination in promoting and protecting human rights, Trung said.

The diplomat said Vietnam supported recommendations based on its consistent policy and commitment to the international community on human rights, particularly voluntary commitments as a member of the Human Rights Council.

Vietnam would strictly implement the 182 recommendations that it had accepted, he added.

During the session, representatives from many countries and organisations praised Vietnam's efforts and achievements in ensuring human rights as well as its co-operative and constructive attitude in the UPR process.

Several representatives welcomed the National Assembly's adoption of the 2013 Constitution with many provisions on human rights and citizens' rights. They congratulated Vietnam on its early fulfillment of the UN Millennium Development Goals, saying the country had created a model foundation for ensuring fundamental human rights.


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