Vietnam commits to ensure and promote human rights

02/11/2016
Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga, Head of the Vietnamese Mission at the United Nations (UN), on October 31st delivered a national speech on promoting and ensuring human rights at the Committee for Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Affairs of the UN General Assembly.
According to Vietnam News Agency, Ambassador Phuong Nga stressed that promoting and ensuring human rights was one of the key targets set in the UN Charter. The efforts were oriented on a firm international legal framework, including the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (CCPR), and the Declaration on the Right to Development.
The Ambassador confirmed Vietnam’s consistent viewpoint that human rights, including economic, cultural, social, political, civil and development rights, are universal; and that the promotion and ensuring of human rights needs to be based on the respect for national sovereignty, and historical, social and cultural circumstances, as well as development standard of each country, increasing mutual trust and understanding, dialogue and cooperation. 
During three years of membership of the Human Rights Council (2014-2016), Vietnam has heightened the principles of objectivity, openness, construction and equal treatment.
She asserted that the nation had been doing its utmost to ensure peace, stability and promote sustainable development, protecting and promoting human rights, and gaining important achievements.
According to the ambassador, Vietnam focuses firmly on human-centred development, and continues to increase the legal system, policies and institutions by combining the realization of CESCR, CCPR and human rights conventions that Vietnam is a member in.
Like other countries, it is facing challenges, especially climate change and natural disasters, which limit food, health, educational and housing rights of the people. 
Apart from that, she confirmed that Vietnam would continue to strictly work with countries and partners in promoting and ensuring human rights globally./.
 

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