Vietnam promotes public awareness of human rights

VOV.VN - The Vietnam Ministry of Foreign Affairs on June 29 hosted a workshop in Hanoi on the implementation of recommendations following the second cycle of the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review.

During the UPR’s 2nd review in 2014, Vietnam received 227 recommendations and accepted 182 of them, including those on legislative improvement and protection for vulnerable groups, acceding to international standards on human rights and international cooperation. 

Assistant to the Foreign Minister, Pham Sanh Chau said, “Most recommendations approved by Vietnam have been implemented in earnest with practical outcomes, including the endorsement of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Convention against Torture. 

Vietnam has issued a series of documents on human and civil rights following the 2013 Constitution while improving public awareness on human rights in civil, political, economic, social and gender equality areas.”

Hoang Thi Thanh Nga, Head of the Department for International Organisations under the Foreign Ministry said Vietnam has effectively implemented numerous national programmes to support vulnerable groups, said Nga, listing as examples the national programme of action on gender equality for 2016-2020, the national programme of action for the elderly for 2012-2020; the national programme of action for children in 2012-2020, the special policy on supporting socio-economic development in ethnic minority and mountainous regions in 2016-2020. 

She underlined that public awareness of human rights has been greatly enhanced, especially among young people.