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Viet Nam to speak at Human Rights Council

Update: February, 28/2012 - 08:59

GENEVA — Viet Nam is expected to deliver a speech tomorrow at the 19th meeting of the United Nations' Human Rights Council, which opened yesterday in Geneva.

More than 80 high-level representatives and ministers from member countries and international organisations are expected to attend the meeting, which will last until March 23.

Viet Nam's delegation is led by Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Le Luong Minh

The human rights situation in several countries, including Libya and Syria, will feature high on the Council's agenda.

The nine panel discussions during the meeting will cover issues such as the relation between sport and human rights, freedom of expression on the internet, discriminatory practices in connection with sexual orientation and gender identity, among others.

On the sidelines of the meeting, Viet Nam had talks with several countries to prepare for the country's nomination to the Human Rights Council term 2013-2016. — VNS

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