The Standing Committee on Democracy and Human Rights of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) adopted the resolution on international law as it relates to national sovereignty, non-intervention in the internal affairs of States and human rights during its meeting Hanoi on March 30 as part of the IPU’s 132nd Assembly.

Discussion at the session was based on the draft resolution’s contents as determined during the 131st Assembly, including those on the responsibility of all States to respect human rights and fundamental freedom for all without discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, colour, sex, language or origin.

The resolution also highlights the importance of the existing international legal framework for women’s rights and gender equality, in particular the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and the UN Security Council resolutions on women, peace and security.

According to Deputy Chairman of the NA Law Committee Le Minh Thong who represented Vietnam at the session, the resolution was debated during the IPU’s previous Assembly but was not passed due to a lack of consensus among participants.

Thong underscored the importance of the resolution as it connects international law, national sovereignty and human rights, adding that after being adopted during this session, the resolution will be submitted to the Assembly for approval, he said.

Vietnam lauded the IPU’s passing of the important document and hoped that once approved by the assembly, it will be strictly observed by all member countries, said Thong.-VNA