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Viet Nam lauds human rights progress

Update: March, 19/2014 - 08:39
The session is also scheduled to discuss draft resolutions on human rights in several countries before its conclusion on March 28.— Photo vietnam+

GENEVA (VNS)— A Vietnamese diplomat joined a discussion on the human rights situation in Myanmar, Iran and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) at a United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) dialogue in Geneva, Switzerland yesterday.

Nguyen Trung Thanh, Vietnamese permanent representative to the UN, the World Trade Organisation and other international organisations in Geneva, praised Myanmar's commitments to economic-political reform, democratisation and the promotion of citizens' rights. He declared that Viet Nam, the UN Human Rights Council and the international community would support Myanmar to achieve these goals.

Thanh stressed the need for countries to strengthen their co-operation with Myanmar on the basis of respecting its sovereignty and independence. Viet Nam also stood ready to share experiences with Myanmar in national reconstruction, socio-economic development and regional and international integration, he said.

At another dialogue on the DPRK, Thanh underlined the need for constructive dialogue to seek long-term solutions for the ongoing tensions in the Korean Peninsula.

Top priority should be given to humanitarian issues, focusing on those pertaining to food, education, healthcare and support for women and children, he said.

Regarding Iran, the diplomat said the country's recent energy programme was expected to usher in a new period of co-operation between Iran and the world, contributing to consolidating security and peace in the region.

Other topics up for discussion at the UNHRC's 25th session include the rights of migrants, children, ethnic minorities and sustainable development beyond 2015.

The session is also scheduled to discuss draft resolutions on human rights in several countries before its conclusion on March 28. — VNS

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