The United Nations (UN) vows to support Vietnam’s efforts to promote human rights via the One-UN Plan for the 2012-2016 period, stressed UN Resident Coordinator in Vietnam Pratibha Mehta.

She made the pledge at a ceremony in Hanoi on December 3 to release Vietnam’s national report on human rights for the second review under the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR)’s Universal Periodic Review mechanism.

Mehta said as a UNHCR member, Vietnam has committed to the highest standards of human rights protection and promotion.

Addressing the event, Director General of the Foreign Ministry’s Department of International Organisations Hoang Chi Trung said Vietnam’s successful election to the UNHCR with an overwhelming majority reflects the fact that the international community has acknowledged Vietnam’s achievements in its renewal cause and human rights protection.

It is also a success in the country’s external activities, improving its prestige and status in the international arena, Trung noted.

He added that Vietnam, as a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Non-Aligned Movement, the Francophone community and other regional and global bodies, will work to push the UNHCR’s activities forward, thanks to its relevant past experiences.

Compiled by the Government and National Assembly bodies since late 2012, the report comprises 85 articles, featuring an overview of the human rights situation in Vietnam since the previous review, and its relevant priorities and commitments.

Vietnam will submit the report to the UNHCR in January 2014.-VNA