United Nations Appreciates Vietnam's Committed Efforts in Protecting Human Rights
|Assistant Foreign Minister Do Hung Viet announced that the Midterm Report was approved by the Prime Minister on March 22, 2022 for publication and sent to the United Nations Human Rights Council. Photo: WVR|
The event was attended by more than 70 delegates who are chief representatives, representatives of international organizations and foreign diplomatic missions in Vietnam; representatives of Vietnamese ministries, sectors, non-governmental organizations and researchers on human rights in Vietnam.
Do Hung Viet, assistant foreign minister Do Hung Viet announced that the Vietnam's UPR Third Cycle Voluntary Midterm Report was approved by the Prime Minister on March 22, 2022 for publication and sent to the United Nations Human Rights Council.
Although the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted the operation of UPR recommendations, including data collection, ministries, sectors and stakeholders have worked together to carry out the recommendations.
This work also received the support and participation of partners, especially United Nations agencies in Vietnam, as the focal point of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
Assistant Foreign Minister Do Hung Viet introduced Vietnam's candidacy for the membership of the United Nations Human Rights Council for the term 2023-2025. Vietnam's candidacy was announced for the first time in 2021 at the 46th session of the Human Rights Council.
At the 49th regular session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son affirmed that Vietnam's message is "Mutual Respect. Dialogue and Cooperation. Ensuring All Human Rights, for All". He also clarified Vietnam's priorities when joining the Human Rights Council.
The Assistant Foreign Minister said Vietnam would be willing to work with member states and stakeholders to uphold the principles of the United Nations Charter and international law; strengthen the efficiency of the Human Rights Council through dialogue, cooperation and mutual respect.
|Rana Flowers, acting United Nations resident coordinator in Vietnam on behalf of international partners appreciated Vietnam's commitment and efforts in protecting human rights. Photo: WVR|
Speaking at the event, Rana Flowers, acting United Nations resident coordinator in Vietnam on behalf of international partners appreciated Vietnam's commitment and efforts in protecting human rights. These include the recommendations under the UPR third cycle and the development of a voluntary midterm report, along with commitments to run for candidacy to the Human Rights Council in 2023-2025.
Rana Flowers said that there are still many challenges in protecting and strengthening human rights. In Vietnam, there are also many difficulties, including problems pointed out by the Voluntary Midterm Report.
She also affirmed the commitment of the United Nations agencies with Vietnam to strengthen and protect human rights, principles of international law, and fulfilling the Sustainable Development Goals.
The United Nations Human Rights Council's UPR mechanism was established in 2008. It is built on the principles of transparency, fairness, non-discrimination, strengthening dialogue and cooperation between countries.
With a consistent policy on the protection of human rights, Vietnam attaches great importance to and always fulfills its commitments under the UPR mechanism, including fulfilling the approved UPR recommendations.
During the third cycle, Vietnam received 291 recommendations from 122 countries and approved 241 of them. On December 31, 2019, the Prime Minister issued Decision 1975/QD-TTg promulgating the Master Plan for the fulfillment of UPR recommendations in third cycle approved by Vietnam.
This is also the first time that Vietnam has developed a Voluntary Midterm Report on the operation of the UPR recommendations. Only 79 countries have submitted at least one Voluntary Midterm Report. With the third cycle, Vietnam is among the 20 countries that have developed a Voluntary Midterm Report.
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