Vietnam’s National Assembly is fully committed to supporting the international community’s efforts to protect fundamental rights of humans for the sake of peace, stability and sustainable development.

The commitment was voiced by Tran Van Hang, Chairman of the National Assembly’s Committee for External Relations, when addressing the plenary session of the 127th General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Quebec, Canada.

In his speech, Hang stated that ensuring rights to citizenship, identity and linguistic and cultural diversity are the bare bones of human rights protection.

Having 54 ethnic groups, with diverse cultural, linguistic and religious values, Vietnam always pays attention to maintaining and promoting the cultural, linguistic and religious values of all of these groups, he said.

The country also draws up targets for economic growth while promoting social equality and progress.

During international integration, Vietnam has actively participated in the implementation of international conventions on human rights and the rights of ethnic minority peoples.

Apart from taking the floor at the plenary session, the Vietnamese delegation also contributed to discussions at the Politics and Security Committee, the Democracy and Human Rights Committee and the Finance and Trade Committee.

Present at the 127 th General Assembly, which took place from October 21-26, were more than 1,400 delegates from 162 parliaments and non-governmental organisations.

The focus of their discussions was on citizenship, identities and linguistics and cultural diversity in a globalised world, as well as ways of ensuring political diversity, especially in IPU member countries.

The President of IPU, Abdelwahad Radi, told the press that as the world becomes increasingly divided by politics, religion and racial discrimination, the IPU needs to demand an end to such polarisation.

The meeting, themed ‘protecting diversity to ensure peace in today’s polarised world” was expected to adopt plans to ensure gender equality in parliaments and policy making agencies as well as improve working environments.

First established in 1889, with its headquarters in Geneva, the IPU now has 155 members and 9 associate members. It meets bi-annually and its 128th meeting will take place in Quito City , Ecuador in March 2013.-VNA