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Viet Nam increases commitment on Human Rights


hrViet Nam needs to identify challenges still faced in certain human rights areas. The project, with its technical support, will identify ways and means to address them.Ha Noi, 23 July 2013 - A key project to help Viet Nam meet its human rights obligations was launched in Hanoi today. Over the next 3 and half years the $1.2 million joint Government and UN project will help line Ministries understand their human rights duties and improve the ability to report on progress.

In six months time Viet Nam will undergo its second Universal Periodic Review (UPR), a unique peer review mechanism, at the Human Rights Council. The UPR places members states on an equal footing, and provides an opportunity for Governments to report on the human rights situation, and progress in implementing UPR recommendations  accepted at the last review in 2009.

In recent years the Vietnamese government has visibly increased its commitment to address human rights issues, as demonstrated in a number of legal and judicial reforms, and Constitutional revisions that have steadily improved human and citizen rights. Viet Nam is also increasing its participation in regional and international human rights mechanisms, becoming party to five core international human rights treaties, signing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Four special rapporteurs have visited Viet Nam since 2010 with another coming by the end of this year. Over 3 years the project will help strengthen Viet Nam’s awareness and capacity of implementing human rights obligations, and improve engagement with regional and international human rights mechanisms with for example activities related to the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability. The project will also support an innovative online consultation with citizens on the draft UPR report, which will be posted on the project website This will be followed by a national consultation workshop later on this summer before the Government’s report is being submitted to the Human Rights Council in autumn this year.

Mr. Hoang Chi Trung, Director-General of the Department of International Organizations, MOFA, reaffirmed Viet Nam’s commitment to implement its international obligations and to ensure better enjoyment of human rights and citizen’s rights for all Viet Nam people. He hopes that the project would assist relevant Vietnamese agencies in better implementing their respective responsibilities in this field. Mr. Hoang Chi Trung thanked UNDP for its continued support to Viet Nam, including through this project.

Speaking at the Project Launching Ceremony, Ms. Louise Chamberlain, UNDP Country Director highlighted the need to identify challenges still faced in certain human rights areas and hopes that the  project, with its technical support, will identify ways and means to address them. Louise Chamberlain reiterated that the respect and protection Human rights is the responisbility of all UN member states. Louise Chamberlain welcomes the upcoming ratification of the Convention of the rights of people with Disability and the consultative process on the UPR national report. Ms. Chamberlain noted this willingness as important steps forward and reasons for UNDP to cooperate with MOFA on Human rights in Viet Nam.

For more information, please contact:

Ms. Le Thi Lan Anh, Project Manager: 84-90 205 3535 or 84-4-3734 7434 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ms. Deborah Schoenmaeckers, UNDP program officer: 39421495 (x167) This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




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Executive Director of UNAIDS
Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations

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