Vietnam displays int’l responsibility for ensuring human rights
Updated : Tuesday, December 11, 2018 3:20 PM (GMT+0700)

Vietnam has takenspecific actions to fulfill her commitments to promoting and protecting humanrights at national, regional and international levels as a responsible memberof the international community. 

The Vietnamese delegation at the UN Human Rights Council's 37th session in February
2018 - Source: VNA

The Party and State have seriously realised the consistentpolicy of taking care of people, protecting legitimate rights and interests ofall, and respecting and implementing international treaties on human rightsVietnam has signed or participated in. 

The policy has been institutionalized, as evidenced by thefirst Constitution the country adopted in 1946 to the 2013 version whichdevotes 36 out of the 120 articles to cover human rights and citizens’rights. 

Along with the issuance of relevant legal documents, theVietnamese State has institutionalised principles on respecting and ensuringhuman rights, in harmony with international principles and norms. 

The country has been implementing international programmesthat put people in the centre, including United Nations development targetswhich comprise human rights-related contents. 

It is one of the very few countries completing ahead ofschedule many of the 2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set by the UN,especially those regarding poverty reduction. Such achievements have beenacknowledged and highly valued by the international community. 

On the sidelines of the sixth Assembly of the GlobalEnvironment Facility which took place in Vietnam’s central province of Da Nanglast June, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Achim Steinerdescribed Vietnam as a success example of socio-economic development. 

Vietnam’s success in MDG implementation has helped spur hernational economy, thus ensuring that all people fully enjoy human rights, whilesignificantly contributing to the UN’s joint efforts in promoting humanrights. 

According to Kamal Malhotra, the UN Resident Coordinator inVietnam, Vietnam is among the leading countries carrying out the UN’s 2030Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which lays stress oneradicating inequality and caring for vulnerable groups.

Besides a national action plan with 17 SDGs, Vietnam inkedthe One Strategic Programme (OSP) for the 2017-2021 period to implement theSDGs. This is an important milestone that represents Vietnam’s internationalhuman rights commitments. 

Vietnam has proactively engaged in international forums onhuman rights as well as joined seven out of the nine fundamental conventions onhuman rights of the UN, with the Convention against Torture and other Cruel,Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and the Convention on the Rightsof Persons with Disabilities as the latest. 

The UN’s Committee Against Torture lauded Vietnam’s effortsin the fight against torture and other cruel when Deputy Mister of PublicSecurity Sen. Lt. Gen Le Quy Vuong delivered the country’s first report on theimplementation of the UN Convention against Torture in Geneva, Switzerland inNovember.

As a member of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for the2014-2016 tenure, Vietnam has proposed and acted on initiatives to promotehuman rights worldwide, including protecting the right to work for disabledpeople, ensuring safety for workers at sea, and fighting against thetrafficking in women and girls.

The Southeast Asian country has implemented 175 out of the182 recommendations by the UNHRC’s second-cycle Universal Periodic Review (UPR)which it accepted in June 2014. The country completed the third-cycle UPR andsubmitted to the UNHRC.

Also, the country has held regular human right dialogues andconsultations with its partners like the US, Switzerland, Australia, Norway,and the EU.

Concerted efforts and specific actions made in the past timereflect Vietnam as a proactive and responsible country in implementing the UN’skey cooperative pillars on maintaining global peace, security, and cooperationfor development, and protecting human rights.

Source: VNA

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