HA NOI (VNS0— The 17th session of the Viet Nam-US Human Rights Dialogue took place in Ha Noi on April 12, said Foreign Ministry's Spokesperson Luong Thanh Nghi yesterday.
Nghi stated that at the dialogue, the two sides exchanged information about issues of common concern, including those relating to a law-governed state, freedom of speech, freedom of religion and the rights of people with disabilities and homosexuals. In the honest discussion session, the US and Viet Nam also explored topics relating to the implementation of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism, and the implementation and protection of human rights in Viet Nam and the United States.
The Vietnamese side also took the initiative in providing information and clarifying the truth about erroneous information that did not give a true reflection of the current situation in Viet Nam.
During their visit to Viet Nam, the US delegation, headed by Deputy Assistant Secretary Daniel Baer met a number of individuals who were of interest to the US side.
"We believe that maintaining regular dialogues on issues, including human rights, between Viet Nam and the US in an open, constructive, equal and mutually respectful spirit will contribute to strengthening mutual understanding and boosting cooperation for the benefit of the two peoples," said Nghi. — VNS