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UN body approves human rights report

Update: June, 23/2014 - 07:46
Ambassador Nguyen Trung Thanh, head of the Vietnamese delegation, announced the list of recommendations accepted by Viet Nam from the 18th session of the UPR Working Group in February this year.

GENEVA (VNS) —  The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has approved Viet Nam's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on human rights in the second cycle, acknowledging the country's efforts in protecting and promoting fundamental human rights.

Addressing the June 20 session in Geneva, Ambassador Nguyen Trung Thanh, head of the Vietnamese delegation, announced the list of recommendations accepted by Viet Nam from the 18th session of the UPR Working Group in February this year.

Of 227 recommendations, Viet Nam has supported 182, accounting for 80.17 percent. This high percentage demonstrates Viet Nam's seriousness, openness and determination in promoting and protecting human rights, Trung said.

The diplomat said Viet Nam supported recommendations based on its consistent policy and commitment to the international community on human rights, particularly voluntary commitments as a member of the Human Rights Council.

Viet Nam would strictly implement the 182 recommendations that it had accepted, he added.

During the session, representatives from many countries and organisations praised Viet Nam's efforts and achievements in ensuring human rights as well as its co-operative and constructive attitude in the UPR process.

Several representatives welcomed the National Assembly's adoption of the 2013 Constitution with many provisions on human rights and citizens' rights. They congratulated Viet Nam on its early fulfillment of the UN Millennium Development Goals, saying the country had created a model foundation for ensuring fundamental human rights.

Trung regretted the efforts of several non-governmental organisations to use the UN mechanism to downplay Viet Nam's human rights achievements.

He said Viet Nam would continue to hold constructive dialogues and co-operate with international organisations, especially UN human rights mechanisms, to expose such erroneous views. — VNS

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