UN Cultural Rights Rapporteur visits Vietnam

(VOV) - Farida Shaheed, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Cultural Rights, has concluded a 12-day Vietnam visit to investigate and learn more about the state of cultural rights protections in the country.

During her November 18–29 stay, Shaheed consulted representatives from the Party, the National Assembly, Government agencies, select localities, and social and cultural organisations and associations. She also visited schools and toured a number of sites of cultural and historical significance.

Shaheed was struck by the cultural diversity of Vietnam’s regions and communities, and praised the country’s socio-economic progress, its efforts to reduce poverty in rural and remote areas, and its commitment to fulfilling millennium development goals.

She noted Vietnam’s achievements in defending the cultural rights of all its citizens, ensuring individuals and communities have a voice in managing tangible and intangible cultural heritage through cultural tourism development, ethnic minority language education policy, and history curricula.

Shaheed highlighted Vietnamese citizens’ cultural rights could be threatened by reckless tourism and development projects altering or restricting communal cultural life. She offered a number of recommendations for preserving traditional culture and promoting local people’s sense of agency in cultural activities.