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Human rights major priority for Viet Nam

Update: November, 08/2013 - 09:08

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Luong Thanh Nghi made the statement while answering queries regarding Viet Nam's bid for a seat on the UN Human Rights Council at a regular press briefing in Ha Noi yesterday.— File Photo

HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam had made many achievements in ensuring human rights in civil affairs, politics, economics, culture and society which had been recognised by the international community.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Luong Thanh Nghi made the statement while answering queries regarding Viet Nam's bid for a seat on the UN Human Rights Council at a regular press briefing in Ha Noi yesterday.

The promotion of human rights and the active participation of the people in all aspects of the country's socio-economic life were important factors that led to the success of Viet Nam's renewal process, Nghi added.

Viet Nam wished to participate in the UN Human Rights Council for the 2014-16 tenure to make a positive contribution to the international community's joint efforts to promote and protect human rights around the world, the spokesman said.

Viet Nam believed it was capable of undertaking the role as a member of the UN Human Rights Council and committed to contributing to the council's activities to improve its effectiveness, transparency, objectiveness and equality on the basis of dialogue, co-operation, equality and mutual respect, he stated.

In response to a question on when Viet Nam would join the UN Convention against Torture, Nghi said Viet Nam always made practical contributions to the three sectors of UN concern: peace-security, development and ensuring human rights.

He further said that on Tuesday, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung signed Resolution 118/NQ-CP authorising the head of Viet Nam's permanent mission to the UN to sign the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

The country's participation in the convention showed its respect and strict implementation of its human rights commitments within the framework of the universal periodic review (UPR), as well as the commitments it made when it voluntarily nominated itself for the UN Human Rights Council, Nghi said. — VNS

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