Vietnam, EU share experience in ensuring human rights

Experts from Vietnam and the European Union (EU) shared experience in ensuring human rights while implementing the United Nations Convention against Torture (UNCAT) during a workshop held in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho on October 3rd.

(VNF) - Experts from Vietnam and the European Union (EU) shared experience in ensuring human rights while implementing the United Nations Convention against Torture (UNCAT) during a workshop held in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho on October 3rd.

The event provided an insight into important human rights principles set in international conventions and the UNCAT in particular for officials working in Vietnam’s public security, judicial and court sectors.

Participants presented Vietnam’s responsibility in carrying out international conventions, including the UNCAT, to which the country is a member.

Vietnam, EU share experience in ensuring human rights

At the workshop. (Source: daidoanket.vn)

EU experts updated the current situation in the field in the union as well as shared experience of EU and member states on crime investigation without use of torture and methods to prevent torture.

The Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (commonly known as the U.N. Convention against Torture, or UNCAT) is an international human rights treaty approved by the U.N. General Assembly in December 1984. It aims to prevent torture and other acts of cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment around the world.

Vietnam signed the UNCAT in 2013 with the approval of the National Assembly in 2014, demonstrating the Vietnamese Government’s strong commitment to preventing torture and protecting human rights in the country.

In ASEAN, Vietnam was the sixth nation to join the UNCAT, along with Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia and Laos.

Over the past time, Vietnam’s efforts and achievements in ensuring human rights have been widely recognized. Vietnam has been assessed to be one of the countries leading in realizing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

According to the Department of International Organizations, Vietnam has joined 7 of 9 basic international conventions on human rights and strictly obeyed international commitments on human rights. At present, Vietnam has completed a national report in accordance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), and is building a national report in accordance with the UNCAT.

In addition, Vietnam has participated in 20 conventions of the International Labor Organization (ILO) and seriously realized the Universal Periodic Review (UPR).

The efforts have made Vietnam be trusted to be elected as member of U.N.s’ important agencies on human rights, including the Human Rights Council (2014-2016), and the Economic and Social Council (2016-2018).

At the U.N. Human Rights Council, Vietnam has been appreciated in terms of access and support for dialogue and cooperation in human rights, leaving marks in perse issues, especially those relating to economic and social rights, as well as development rights.

Besides, Vietnam has always respected and ensured rights of speech freedom, press freedom and citizens’ access to information. In terms of religion, the laws prohibit all behaviours violating citizens’ rights of belief and religious freedom./.

( Compiled by VNF )

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