Viet Nam commits to protecting universal human rights values: Deputy FM
|Deputy FM Dang Hoang Giang and other delegates at the international consultation workshop on the second draft voluntary mid-term report on the implementation of UPR third cycle recommendations. (Photo: VNA)|
Speaking to the media on the occasion of the international consultation workshop on the second draft voluntary mid-term report on the implementation of Universal Periodic Review (UPR) third cycle recommendations that opened in Ha Noi on December 10, Deputy FM Giang said that so far, Viet Nam has joined the majority of international conventions regarding human rights and committed to fully implementing its obligations in line with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and these conventions.
Delivering on those commitments also aims to better implement the Party and State’s policies in protecting human rights and protecting the people, especially amid COVID-19, he said.
The deputy minister underlined that Viet Nam has considered the people as the goal and motivation for development.
Apart from the protection of human rights for its own people, Viet Nam has made contributions to efforts to ensure universal human rights through its engagement in major discussion contents of international multilateral mechanisms and organisations, especially in the role of a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, he said.
The official said that this is the first time Viet Nam has compiled a mid-term report on the implementation of UPR third cycle recommendations, underlining that this is a meaningful and practical activity. The report shows what Viet Nam has done and what the country should improve, he said, adding that during the report compiling process, international partners have given their consultations and advice to Viet Nam and shared their experience to help Viet Nam improve its performance in the field in the time to come.
Mentioning ASEAN member countries’ selection of Viet Nam as their representative at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in the 2023-2025 period, Deputy FM Giang stressed that it not only manifests Viet Nam’s strong commitments in making more contributions to the common work of the international community, but also proves that Viet Nam is a reliable and responsible partner of the international community.
He said that ASEAN member countries have reached consensus on supporting Viet Nam to run for a seat at the UNHRC, which showed the grouping’s high evaluation of Viet Nam’s contributions so far and belief in what the country will do more in the future.
Giang said he is confident that apart from the ASEAN, more countries and groups of countries will support Viet Nam's candidacy.