Vietnam has stood for membership on the UN Human Rights Council for the term 2014-2016, affirming the country’s strong commitment and resolve to make its contribution to international efforts in promoting and protecting human rights.

The Government’s decision was based on achievements in the field of human rights, the State’s consistent policy of respecting and ensuring human rights and a desire of making contributions to the international community’s efforts in promoting and protecting human rights, Pham Hai Anh, Deputy Head of the Foreign Ministry’s Department of International Organisations, said.

“The country has gained great achievements in ensuring and upholding human rights in all such areas as civil, political, socio-economic and cultural issues, which received recognition by the international community,” he added.

Vietnam places importance on the role and contributions by the UN Human Rights Council in accelerating the implementation of human rights around the world, he said, adding that the country believes in its ability to undertake membership of the council, contributing to the council’s common work to raise efficiency, transparency and objectiveness in the spirit of dialogue, cooperation, equality and mutual respect.

“We highly appreciate cooperation, positive and effective support to Vietnam from international organisations and countries during the nation’s process on socio-economic development and ensuring human rights,” he said.

He also said Vietnam hopes to continue receiving support from other countries for its effort for the membership on the UN Human Rights Council for the 2014-2016 term.-VNA