The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) and the United Nations
Development Programme (UNDP) on July 23 launched a key project to help
Vietnam improve its obligation to human rights.
next three years, the 1.2 million USD joint Vietnamese Government and UN
project will help ministries and relevant agencies understand their
human rights duties and improve their ability to report on progress.
Addressing the launching ceremony, Hoang Chi Trung, Head of
MoFA’s Department of International Organisations, reaffirmed Vietnam’s commitment to implement its international obligations and to ensure
better enjoyment of human rights and citizen rights for all Vietnamese
He expressed his hope that the project will assist
relevant Vietnamese agencies better implement their responsibilities in
Louise Chamberlain, UNDP Country Director,
highlighted the need to identify challenges Vietnam still faces in
certain human rights areas, and hoped that the project will find out
ways and means to address them.
She reiterated that the
respect and protection of human rights is the responsibility of all UN
member states, and welcomed Vietnam’s upcoming ratification of the
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability (CRPD) and the
consultative process of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) national
This willingness is an important step forward and
reason for the UNDP to cooperate with the MoFA on human rights in
Vietnam, she noted.
In late 2013, Vietnam will undergo its
second UPR, a unique review mechanism of the Human Rights Council. The
UPR places member states on an equal footing, and provides an
opportunity for governments to report on the human rights situation and
the 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 issues related to human
rights, demonstrated in a number of legal and judicial reforms, and
Constitutional amendments that have steadily improved human and citizen
Vietnam is also stepping up its participation in regional and international human rights mechanism, joining five core international human rights treaties, and signing the CRPD in October 2007./.