|Women and children's rights have been among Viet Nam's key priorities for years. — File Photo
GENEVA — Viet Nam yesterday organised an international seminar on abolishing harmful activities against children on the sidelines of the 29th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva.
The event, which drew representatives from 40 countries, international agencies and non-governmental organisations, was held to carry out the country's commitments in connection with its bid for HRC membership.
Speaking at the event, Ambassador Nguyen Trung Thanh, head of Viet Nam's Permanent Mission to the United Nations and other international organisations in Geneva, highlighted efforts made by nations to protect women and children's rights by implementing relevant international conventions.
He said countries worldwide should pay attention to convention committees' recommendations on ending infringements of child rights.
With regard to Viet Nam's stand on gender quality and child rights, the ambassador said the country was strongly committed to building legal regulations and implementing specific policies to address challenges in protecting children's rights, and said comprehensive education and consultations have been carried out in remote areas to eradicate harmful customs involving women and children.
He said countries and related convention committees should foster communication and education about international and national legal documents on women and children.
A number of harmful customs involving women and children were also overviewed at the conference, including early marriage, forced marriage and child abuse.
International representatives spoke highly of Viet Nam's contributions to the general discussions of the HRC.
Women and children's rights have been among Viet Nam's key priorities and are one of the main HRC discussion topics at the 29th session.
The 29th HRC session, which will end on July 3, will address several urgent global issues concerning human rights, and touch on migration and the situation in Ukraine, South Sudan and Syria. — VNS