Vietnam Wants to Join Global Efforts to Promote Human Rights: FM

Vietnam wishes to contribute to global efforts to promote and protect human rights by running for a seat at the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) for the 2023-2025 tenure.

A meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council. Photo: telesurenglish

Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son made the affirmation in a pre-recorded speech sent to the 49th regular HRC session.

Vietnam is ready to cooperate with other countries to promote the principles of the UN Charter and international law, and the country is interested in ensuring human rights in all aspects, with priority given to protecting the rights of vulnerable groups, promoting gender equality, and ensuring human rights in dealing with global issues, especially climate change response, he said.

The 49th regular session of the council concluded last week in Geneva, after five weeks of in-person and online meetings, VOV reported.

Vietnam actively participated in developing documents and resolutions adopted by the council at these meetings, notably the resolution on ensuring fair, timely and comprehensive access to Covid-19 vaccines.

Vietnamese Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son addressed the 49th regular UN Human Rights Council session on March 2. Photo: VNA

The session also included an urgent debate on the human rights situation in Ukraine, along with panel discussions and dialogues on human rights in various countries. It adopted the Universal Periodic Review reports of 13 countries and 35 resolutions, Viet Nam News said.

Ambassador Le Thi Tuyet Mai, head of Vietnam’s permanent mission to the UN, the World Trade Organisation, and other international organisations in Geneva, stressed the country’s consistent attainments in human rights protection.

She called on all nations and the HRC to enhance cooperation and dialogue to substantively promote human rights instead of criticising certain countries based on incomplete information.

The Vietnamese delegation and the core group for climate change and human rights (the Philippines and Bangladesh), with the support of 102 countries, delivered a joint speech stressing that effective actions around the world to resolve the root causes of climate change were critical to ensuring human rights.

They also appealed for greater financial and technical assistance for developing countries to address climate change.

Vietnam and other ASEAN countries delivered joint remarks on the importance of policies and public services to protecting economic, cultural, and social rights to help with post-pandemic recovery; equitable, full and timely access to Covid-19 vaccines at reasonable cost; UN human rights procedures; and technical cooperation and capacity building.

Vietnam is ready to cooperate with other countries to promote the principles of the UN Charter and international law. Photo: VNA

Vietnam is honoured to be nominated by ASEAN countries with high consensus to become the bloc’s candidate for a seat in the HRC – the UN’s inter-governmental agency comprising of 47 members in charge of promoting and protecting human rights around the globe.

The Foreign Ministry on March 31 launched Vietnam's voluntary midterm report on the implementation of Universal Periodic Review (UPR) third cycle recommendations and announced the country's candidacy to the HRC in the 2023-2025 tenure.

The report was formally approved by the Prime Minister on March 22 and will be submitted to the Human Rights Council, according to VietnamPlus./.