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March, 05 2014 09:27:00

Viet Nam affirms consistent commitment to human rights

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (L).— VNA/VNS Photo Thu Uyen

GENEVA (VNS)— Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh reiterated Viet Nam's commitment to ensuring and promoting human rights at the 25th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva, Switzerland.

This is the first time Viet Nam has attended the event as a member of the UNHRC. Leading the Vietnamese delegation, Minh said that the country was "committed to playing its role with the highest level of responsibility" and would prove a "reliable partner."

Viet Nam was willing to "work constructively on all matters related to human rights," Minh told listeners, "from social security and sustainable development to the rights of ‘vulnerable groups'". He also said the country would "try to attract more attention from the Human Rights Council to the specific needs and circumstances of developing countries facing new challenges such as climate change, environmental degradation and the exhaustion of natural resources."

The Deputy PM noted that Viet Nam pursued a consistent policy of protecting and promoting human rights, considering the well-being of every person as the driving force of the national development process.

"This policy not only reflects the long-cherished aspiration of the Vietnamese people, but also connotes the universality of human rights. Under this policy, the State of Viet Nam has been exerting considerable efforts in protecting and promoting human rights, as demonstrated in laws, policies and actual accomplishments," he said.

Minh added that this was a precious opportunity for Viet Nam to learn good practices and experience from the international community that could help further the cause of doi moi (renewal) as well as the promotion and protection of human rights domestically.

"Viet Nam stands ready to co-operate with all countries on this noble cause," Minh said. — VNS

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