Vietnam & the UPR


Vietnam has just done well for the second cycle of Universal Periodical Review (UPR) in Geneva, Switzerland. So, what’s the UPR? and how’s about Vietnam’s one. Today, I want to share some information about the UPR with you.
The UPR is a unique process which involves a review of the human rights records of all UN Member States. The UPR is a State-driven process, under the auspices of the Human Rights Council, which provides the opportunity for each State to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to fulfil their human rights obligations. As one of the main features of the Council, the UPR is designed to ensure equal treatment for every country when their human rights situations are assessed.
The UPR was created through the UN General Assembly on 15 March 2006 by resolution 60/251, which established the Human Rights Council itself. It is a cooperative process which, by October 2011, has reviewed the human rights records of all 193 UN Member States. Currently, no other universal mechanism of this kind exists. The UPR is one of the key elements of the Council which reminds States of their responsibility to fully respect and implement all human rights and fundamental freedoms. The ultimate aim of this mechanism is to improve the human rights situation in all countries and address human rights violations wherever they occur.
The UPR as a progressive, effective and fair mechanism, under which, all countries, big or small, developed or underdeveloped, have the right to assess other countries and voice their opinions.
In 2009, for the 1st time, Vietnam’s national report on the country’s human rights situation was reviewed by the UN Human Rights Council. This year, Vietnam has to fulfill its obligation for the second cycle, as a newly-elected member of the Council. And on February 5th Vietnam’s UPR was approved by the Council UPR working group, at its 18th session in Geneva, Switzeland. The report stressed the achievements Vietnam has recorded in respecting, protecting and promoting human rights as well as the implementation of proposals at the first cycle. At the session, a majority of countries welcomed Vietnam’s efforts over the past years in carrying out its commitments since the first cycle review. Many countries asked Vietnam to share its experience in renovation and ensuring the rights of vulnerable groups.
For the previous review, 66 countries joined the dialogue with Vietnam, putting forward 123 recommendations but this time around, as many as 107 countries attended the dialogue and proposed 227 recommendations. Most of the recommendations can be accepted, while a number of others need to be considered carefully.
According to procedures, Vietnam will present its viewpoint on all the recommendations in June this year.
Few days before Vietnam’s representation, there were a lot of groups, people known as anti-communist forces in foreign, including terrorist organization named “Viet Tan Party”, gathering in Geneva. They had conducted campaigns to distort Vietnam human rights situation and give unacceptable request.
In general, Vietnam has done well in presenting its UPRs and fulfilling its obligation as a active member of the UN and the UN Human Rights Council. We believe that Vietnamese Government has been doing the best in respecting, protecting and promoting human rights of Vietnamese people. And UPR is not only a national report on the country’s human right situation, but also a message to the international community that Vietnam is a democratic nation.
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All comments [ 15 ]

Phạm Hiếu 13/2/14 21:28

Do u know whare I can find Vietnam's UPR 2014? Please share it!

Lê Tín 13/2/14 21:35

You can check it at the link below:

Quốc Kiên 13/2/14 21:36

Thanks a lot, Le Tin

Quốc Cường 13/2/14 21:39

In the 2014 UPR of Vietnam, we see that the Vietnamese Government is making every effort to finalize the legal system and policies on human rights.

Huy Lâm 13/2/14 21:46

the UPR is carefully made by the Government and NGOs

Hùng Quân 14/2/14 20:57

NGOs can also join in building the report?

Vân Nhàn 14/2/14 21:04

I think the UPR is made carefully and fairly

Hoàng Lân 14/2/14 21:06

Vietnam is getting closer to the international human rights standard!

Huy Quốc 14/2/14 21:10

Congratulations! Viet Nam!

Quân Hoàng 14/2/14 21:14

Congratulations, the UN Human Rights Council also, 'cuz it now has a wonderful member, Vietnam!

Quân Hoàng 15/2/14 21:45

Yes, of course Mr. Hung Quan. NGOs has contribute much in making report process.

Huy Quốc 15/2/14 21:49

Who have the english version of VN 2014 UPR, please share with me?

Hoàng Lân 15/2/14 21:53

You can check it on the website of Vietnam ministry of foreign affairs Mr. Huy Quoc.

Vân Nhàn 15/2/14 21:56

This is the link you're looking for Mr. Huy Quoc

Hùng Quân 15/2/14 21:58

thanks all of you.

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