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Ethnic group support outlined before UN Human Rights Council

Update: November, 29/2012 - 09:40
GENEVA (VNS)— All ethnic groups were equal, united and respected and supported each other's development, said deputy head of the Government Committee for Ethnic Minorities Hoang Xuan Luong at the fifth session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on ethnic minorities held in Geneva yesterday.

Luong said that despite several important achievements, ensuring the rights of ethnic minority people had its challenges. They lived in remote locations, had poor quality human resources, insufficient land for farming, difficult living conditions and limited access to social services.

Luong told the session, which was held over two days, that the Vietnamese State would continue developing, supplementing and completing its legal system and policies.

He said it would increase investment for areas inhabited by ethnic groups, focusing on solving the issues of agricultural land and water for daily use, as well as ensuring regulations on grassroots-level democracy.

He said the State would support ethnic groups to improve their capacity and knowledge to effectively participate at all levels of authority apparatus.

Viet Nam would effectively implement international treaties and conventions on human rights, including declarations on the rights of the ethnic groups in terms of nationality, race, religion and language. — VNS

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