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Vietnam working hard to promote human rights



The Vietnamese Government has rolled out various guidelines and policies towards people and human rights protection, heard an international workshop in Hanoi on October 22.

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A view of the workshop.

The international consultation workshop on the draft voluntary mid-term report on the implementation of UPR third cycle recommendations was jointly held by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

In his opening remarks, Do Viet Hung, Assistant to the Foreign Minister, said this is the first time Vietnam has devised such voluntary mid-term report to be sent to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

Through the report, Vietnam has demonstrated its responsibility, transparency and seriousness towards the UPR mechanism in particular and the implementation of international commitments on human rights in general, especially in the context of Vietnam running for a seat at the UNHRC for 2023-2025.

He pointed out difficulties to human rights protection and promotion in Vientam over the past two years such as climate change, natural disasters and COVID-19.

The report is expected to give delegates insight into Vietnam’s consistent commitments and efforts to further stabilise, recover and spur socio-economic activities, and realise UPR recommendations on human rights, particularly vulnerable groups amid COVID-19.

This mid-term report is a basis for Vietnam to assess the implementation of the approved recommendations, learn lessons and prepare for the construction of the National Report for the UPR cycle IV expected in 2024.

UN Acting Resident Coordinator Kidong Park and UNDP Resident Representative a.i. in Vietnam Terence D. Jones lauded Vietnam’s commitments and efforts in human rights protection and promotion, including the implementation of UPR third cycle recommendations and the building of the voluntary the mid-term report.

The delegates contributed specific opinions on the document, which is set to be sent to the 49th session of the UNHRC in March 2022.

According to the draft mid-term report on the implementation of the recommendations accepted at the 3rd UPR cycle, Vietnam has accepted 241/291 recommendations (about 83 percent) at the adoption session of the UPR 3rd Cycle Report at the United Nations Human Rights Council (July 2019).

On December 31, 2019, the Prime Minister of Vietnam approved the Master Plan to implement the accepted recommendations in Decision No. 1975/QD-TTg, which directed the development and submission of the Mid-term Report on the implementation of the UPR 3rd cycle recommendations.

To date, Vietnam has implemented 199/241 recommendations; of which 32/241 recommendations are ongoing or have been partially implemented and 10/241 recommendations will be consideredfor implementation at suitable time.

Vietnam will continue to implement the accepted UPR cycle III recommendations on the basis of the Master Plan for Implementation of the Recommendations approved by the Prime Minister in Decision No. 1975/QD-TTg in 2019.

In the coming time, Vietnam wishes and is willing to share information and experiences to strengthen international cooperation, improve capacity in developing the National Report and implementing approved UPR recommendations.

Vietnam shows excellent progress in ensuring socio-economic rights: foreign officials

Vietnam continues to make an excellent progress in ensuring socio-economic rights, as reflected through the draft voluntary mid-term report on the implementation of UPR third cycle recommendations, along with other information and data, a UNDP official has said.

Diana Torres, Assistant Resident Representative & Head of Governance and Participation Unit at UNDP Vietnam, made the commendations during an interview with the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) on the sidelines of an international consultation workshop on the report in Hanoi on October 22.

She said Vietnam and many other countries have been heavily affected by COVID-19, expressing her hope that with the measures taken by the government to contain the pandemic and alleviate its socio-economic impacts, more progress would be made in the time ahead.

Citing the report, she said Vietnam has recorded inclusive results, even compared with other regional countries, in social protection, health insurance, poverty reduction and gender quality.

Stephen Taylor, head of the Internal Political Section at the British Embassy in Hanoi, echoed Torres, saying Vietnam has recorded positive results in ensuring socio-economic rights.

He said Vietnam is developing very quickly and people have more opportunities to access health care and food. The general economy is opening up.

Vietnam has done very well in COVID-19 containment, particularly during the first stage when Vietnam locked down very quickly, he said.

Ambassador Giorgio Aliberti, head of the EU Delegation to Vietnam, also said the Southeast Asian nation managed well COVID-19, particularly in the first year when the pandemic broke out. 

He highlighted Vietnam’s outstanding achievements in ensuring human rights in socio-economic aspects, and pledged that “We are here to help Vietnam improve in all aspects of human rights” with commitments the country has made in international agreements.

Vietnam is also making good efforts in trying to take into account vulnerable groups, ethnic minorities and people with disabilities, he said.

“There is a genuine commitment to try to work to be more inclusive,” he said.

Vietnam’s voluntary spirit applauded

This mid-term report is the basis for Vietnam to assess the implementation of the approved recommendations, learn lessons and prepare for the construction of the National Report for the UPR cycle IV expected in 2024.

In this regard, Torres lauded the Vietnamese government for voluntarily taking steps to review the implementation of the UPR recommendations in the third cycle.

“It is a very good expression of good will, political will to make sure that Vietnam is on the good track of implementing the recommendations that have been adopted,” she noted.

From discussions at the workshop and the mid-term report as well, more actions should be taken to make improvements needed in certain areas that are still lagging behind, she suggested.

Aliberti said the report shows good engagement and commitment on the part of the Vietnamese Government to handle difficult issues.

“And this is a voluntary process and a positive step,” he said.

Taylor also praised Vietnam’s positive spirit in compiling the document although the country doesn’t have to do.

“The broad structure and content is good,” he told about the report.

In his remarks at the workshop, UNDP Resident Representative a.i. in Vietnam Terence D. Jones said it is important to recognize that the context in which the report has been prepared is still very challenging.

Appreciating Vietnam’s efforts, he said the report has provided a framework to discuss these important issues, showing progress in many areas and related work that needs to be done.

He suggested that the report should be more specific on actions to be taken in the next two years, to enable Vietnam to show more successes.

Good steps towards becoming Human Rights Council member

Vietnam is running for election to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in the 2023-2025 tenure with a hope to contribute more to the world’s joint efforts to promote and protect human rights.

The country is honoured to be nominated by ASEAN countries with high consensus to become the bloc’s candidate for a seat in the UNHRC – the UN’s inter-governmental agency comprising of 47 members in charge of promoting and protecting human rights around the globe.

Asked about the possibility that Vietnam can win a seat at the council, Torres affirmed that “it is very possible,” adding the country is taking goods steps towards that goal.

“It will be very important to have Vietnam in that forum,” she continued. “It will benefit the country in terms of aligning this domestic legal framework with international obligations and standards, and also will help Vietnam to position as an advocate on human rights at the global level.”

The official also described the midterm report as a voluntary gesture and an initiative from Vietnam to demonstrate its commitments to human rights at the international level.

As for Vietnam’s ratification of a number of international conventions on human rights, Torres said “it is a great step” towards becoming more integrated into the world and the global society, and realising its commitments to international standards.

She emphasised the significance of creating a solid, robust legal framework and justice system in line with international standards.

Source: VNA



PM asks for safely, flexibly adapting to COVID-19



Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has requested consistently pursuing the policy of safely, flexibly adapting to and effectively controlling COVID-19 pandemic.

PM Pham Minh Chinh speaks at the meeting (Photo: VNA)

PM Pham Minh Chinh speaks at the meeting (Photo: VNA)

He made the request while chairing the regular Government meeting in Hanoi on December 2 to review socio-economic performance for November and 11 months of this year, the Government’s draft Resolution on key tasks and measures for 2022 socio-economic development and State budget estimate.

The PM asked ministries, agencies and localities to closely grasp the situation, especially the pandemic, continue raising public awareness of pandemic prevention and control, focus on public investment capital disbursement, fine-tune mechanisms to submit to the NA’s upcoming meeting, as well as continue with administrative reform and social welfare guarantee.

About 2022 socio-economic development plan, he required that its goals must be close to realities and ensure harmony between economic development and culture, environment, as well as among industry, agriculture and services, in line with the Party Central Committee and National Assembly’s resolutions, including three strategic breakthroughs.

As the pandemic has been under control nationwide and the economy is recovering, departments and agencies were assigned to seriously follow dispatch on response to and recovery from rains and floods.

Participants affirmed the Government and PM’s timely and sound directions to changing anti-pandemic strategy. They said it is necessary to continue with synchronous, timely and effective tasks and measures set in the Government’s Resolution dated August 21, 2021 in December and next year.

According to the Ministry of Planning and Investment, the country’s socio-economy showed positive signals in November with macro-economic stability and low inflation.

Source: VNA


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Việt Nam, Russia bolster cooperation in all fields




President Nguyễn Xuân Phúc (left), speaks to Dmitry Medvedev, Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of Russia in Moscow on Wednesday. VNA/ Photo Thống Nhất

MOSCOW As part of his official visit to Russia, President Nguyễn Xuân Phúc, who is also Chairman of Việt Nam’s National Defence and Security Council, met with Dmitry Medvedev, Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of Russia and Chairman of the ruling United Russia party, on Wednesday (local time).

Welcoming Phúc’s visit, Medvedev said that the visit will open up a new stage of the stronger and more comprehensive and effective development of the Việt Nam-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership. He affirmed the Security Council of Russia will continue backing and promoting bilateral cooperation in all fields.

The two sides expressed their satisfaction at a high level of trust in the bilateral political relationship, which is a basis for strengthening cooperation and achieving positive results in strategic fields such as defence, security, energy and oil and gas.

They agreed to further promote the bilateral cooperation in all fields, including cooperation between Việt Nam’s Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Public Security and the Security Council of Russia, which will help contribute to firmly ensuring independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of each country, and for peace, cooperation and development in the region and in the world.

The two leaders appreciated the close and reliable cooperation between the Communist Party of Việt Nam and United Russia, with regular delegation exchanges and meetings maintained within both bilateral and multilateral frameworks.

They affirmed that collaboration between the two parties plays an important role in the comprehensive strategic partnership between Việt Nam and Russia, and welcomed the signing of the two parties’ cooperation plan for 2022-24 within the framework of this official visit by the Vietnamese President.

Vietnamese, Russian defence ministers hold talks

Also on Wednesday, Minister of National Defence General Phan Văn Giang spoke with Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu in Moscow as part of President Phúc’s official visit to Russia.

The talks took place at a time when the two countries celebrate the 20th anniversary of bilateral strategic partnership this year as well as activities during Việt Nam–Russia, Russia–Việt Nam Year (2019-20), which lasts until this year.

Giang hailed Russia as a major country that plays an important role in world peace and stability. He said Việt Nam welcomes Russia’s peaceful contributions to Asia-Pacific, and Southeast Asia in particular.

Shoigu, for his part, thanked the Vietnamese Defence Ministry for successfully holding competitions within the framework of the International Military Games 2021, sending a high-ranking delegation to international multilateral activities hosted by the Russian Defence Ministry, vessels from the Việt Nam People’s Navy to a naval parade and the Sea Cup competition as part of the Games.

On the basis of signed international treaties and agreements, both sides agreed to focus on facilitating all-level visits, maintaining strategic defence dialogue mechanisms at the deputy ministerial level, training quality personnel, supporting and joining international multilateral activities hosted by the two defence ministries, sharing experience in military technology, considering the issuance of a consultation mechanism as well as holding joint activities in search and rescue, humanitarian assistance and post-war recovery.

They pledged to work closely together at multilateral forums, especially the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus.

The Vietnamese side expressed support for Russia’s initiatives to promote mutually-beneficial ties with ASEAN as well as contribute to maintaining an environment of peace, stability and development in each region and the world.

On the occasion, Giang invited his host to visit Việt Nam at the earliest time.

Following the talks, the two ministries signed several important cooperation agreements, laying a legal foundation for bilateral defence and military technology cooperation.

The Russian Defence Ministry also presented Russia’s Friendship Order to Minister Giang.

On the afternoon the same day, President Nguyễn Xuân Phúc granted Việt Nam’s Friendship Order to Minister Shoigu in honour of his important contributions to strengthening bilateral defence ties as well as traditional friendship and the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two nations.

Giang also met and presented gifts to Russian war veterans who used to fight and work in Việt Nam.

At a meeting with the Vietnamese community in Russia, representatives from the Vietnamese defence ministry also symbolically received keys of several UAZ vehicles used for search and rescue, which are donated by the Vietnamese Association in Russia.


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Vietnam approves ASEAN agreements aiming at facilitating traveling among member states



The Government has just issued Resolution 150/NQ-CP approving the ASEAN Framework Agreement on the Facilitation of Cross-border Transport of Passengers by Road Vehicles (CBTP).

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Lao Bao international border gate in the central province of Quang Tri. 

The agreement, which was signed on October 13, 2017 in Singapore on the occasion of the 23rd ASEAN Transport Ministers Meeting, is aimed to simplify and harmonise transport, customs, immigration and quaratine procedures and requirements for the purpose of faciliation of transport of passengers.

The Government also issued Resolution 151/NQ-CP dated December 2, 2021 endorsing the ASEAN Mutual Recognition Agreement on Type Approval for Automotive Products (APMRA), which was signed by ASEAN member states (AMS) on January 16 this year in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. The resolution also allows direct application of the entire content of the agreement when it takes effect for Vietnam.

The APMRA aims to facilitate the flow of automotive components and systems among AMS to contribute to the ASEAN economic integration. It is expected to take effect in Vietnam on January 15, 2022.

The Ministry of Transport is assigned to coordinate with relevant ministries and agencies in the implementation of the agreements, while the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be in charge of completing procedures relating to external affairs./.

Source: VNA


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