The 27th US - Vietnam Human Rights Dialogue
|Vietnamese and the US delegations at the 27th US - Vietnam Human Rights Dialogue. (Photo: Do Van)
The 27th US - Vietnam Human Rights Dialogue was held November 1-2 in Washington D.C.
The US delegation was led by Ms. Erin Barclay, Coordinator of Global Democratic Renewal and senior official for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, US Department of State, and representatives of the Office of International Religious Freedom and the Office of Global Women's Issues.
The Vietnamese delegation was headed by Mr. Pham Hai Anh, Director General of the Department of International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and representatives of the Government Committee for Religious Affairs, the Government Office, the Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs, and the Ministries of Public Security, Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs, Information and Communications...
The dialogue addressed a wide range of issues, including respect for freedoms of expression and association; freedom of religion or belief; protection of the rights of vulnerable and marginalized groups; rule of law and legal reform; human rights in labor issues and economic cooperation.
The dialogue took place in an open and positive atmosphere with a spirit of mutual respect.
The US side recognized Vietnam's achievements in ensuring the rights of workers and LGBTQI+ persons, and gender equality.
Informing about its concern to the US side, the Vietnamese delegation affirmed that Vietnam is a rule-of-law state. In Vietnam, all individuals are equal before the law, therefore no individual shall be prosecuted for exercising their rights.
The Vietnamese side also provided information about efforts to create a favorable legal corridor to handle shortcomings in ensuring people's freedom of expression in online environment and in reality, protecting the right to freedom of belief and religion, gender equality, and ensuring rights for vulnerable groups, ethnic minorities, and workers’ rights.