Vietnam veteran raises voice against distortion about human rights


Andre Sauvageot, who has 50 years of experiences in Vietnam, disagreed with strong criticism and distorted information about human rights in Vietnam.
He said that human rights is an important issue in the world in general and in Vietnam in particular.
With his experiences in Vietnam, including nine years working for the US forces during the Vietnam War and 10 years working as a representative for a US company in Vietnam (1993 – 2003), he confirmed that the Communist Party of Vietnam’s efforts in improving human rights and other issues are remarkable.
In his view, Vietnam paid attention to improving living standards and incomes of the people, especially of ethnic minorities, ensuring gender equality, and thriving for a democratic, equal and civilized society.
“Vietnam has successfully promoted people’s mastership and freedom of religion,” he stressed.
From these evident and other positive examples, he stood against wrong criticism over human rights in Vietnam.
Sauvageot said that there is an increasing number of US citizens coming to Vietnam to do business or for tourism, including Vietnamese Americans who visit Vietnam or resettle in the country. Therefore, he believed that the majority of US citizens do not believe in distorted words voiced by some extremists about Vietnam.
The Vietnam veteran has many Vietnamese friends and they often chat with each other via social networks.
Sauvageot remembered that when he worked in Hanoi a long time ago, the Lao Dong newspaper reported about a situation of maltreatment at a US company’s factory in Ho Chi Minh City. Accordingly, this company had to change its way of treating workers to maintain its operation in Vietnam.
“The Vietnamese government always attaches importance to protecting human rights, though it wants to get taxes from foreign companies operating in Vietnam,” he said.
The Vietnam veteran argued that, like many other countries in the world, Vietnam needs to maintain security and political stability so that it can ensure people’s freedom rights within its legal framework.
Relating to the U.S government’s recent statement calling Vietnam to “revise vague national security laws that are used to suppress universal rights”, Sauvageot said that the US should be humble when talking about human rights in general and its way of evaluation on security threats in particular.
In the US, many US citizens and foreigners protested against the use of unmanned aerial vehicles to attack suspected terrorists, who are said to have plans to attack the US, because many innocent civilians have been killed.
Sauvageot said that it is complicated for any country to evaluate security threats against it, so this is an internal issue for each country.
In short, he suggested that Vietnam and the US should make efforts to improve their own human rights and should not violently interfere in each other’s internal affairs.

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Quân Hoàng 4/6/15 10:51

In Vietnam , people are the centre of socio-economic policies; people are both the objective and the driving force of national construction. The State of Vietnam always considers the promotion and protection of human rights as an important element for sustainable development.

Huy Quốc 4/6/15 10:52

In recent years, the country has gained great achievements in securing human rights in civil, political, economic, cultural and social affairs, which have been recognised by the international community.

Hoàng Lân 4/6/15 10:52

Based on these achievements and the Party and State’s consistent policy of respecting and ensuring human rights and with the desire to make contribution to international cooperation in this area, Vietnam decided to stand for the United Nations Human Rights Council for the 2014-2016 term.

Vân Nhàn 4/6/15 10:53

In this spirit, Vietnam has been building its legal system to ensure that human rights are respected and implemented in the fullest manner. In Vietnam , the 1946 Constitution of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam recognised human rights and civil rights. Then, the Constitution revised in 1959, 1980 and 1992 continued to confirm and expand these rights.

Hùng Quân 4/6/15 10:53

The fact is that human rights in Vietnam have been increasingly ensured effectively and fully, especially after more than 25 years of the renewal (Doi Moi) process.

Phạm Hiếu 4/6/15 10:54

As a result, Vietnam fulfilled some Millennium Development Goals ahead of deadline and is likely to meet the remaining targets.

Quốc Kiên 4/6/15 10:55

People’s rights to mastery have been increasingly ensured through more effective implementation of democratic rights, including direct ways such as the rights to voting and to standing for election, and indirect ways such as through elected bodies like the National Assembly, people’s councils at all levels, as well as the right to giving comments and supervision, and through better operation of the mechanism of complaints and denunciations.

Huy Lâm 4/6/15 10:55

The Vietnamese people’s rights to freedom of speech, freedom of press and information continue to be shown in the rapid development of diverse forms and rich content of mass media.

Quốc Cường 4/6/15 10:56

The Vietnamese people have had increasing access to the Internet with the access rate being higher than Asia ’s average, and is rated as one of leading countries in the field by UN specialist agencies.

Lê Tín 4/6/15 10:57

Based on its experience, along with commitment and strong resolve, Vietnam strongly believes in its ability in taking over the role as member of the UN Human Rights Council, actively contributing to the Council’s work to improve efficiency, transparency, objectivity and balance in the spirit of dialogue, cooperation, equality and mutual respect.

Quay Tay 5/6/15 06:06

I think that foreigners should come to Vietnam to witness the reality of human rights instead hearing distorted information from some extremists

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