Vietnamese, Francophone parliaments promote human rights

Monday, 2021-10-25 18:10:02
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NA Committee for Social Affairs Nguyen Thuy Anh speaks at the event (Photo: VNA)
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NDO/VNA – A National Assembly delegation on October 25 attended a conference on strengthening the role of parliamentarians of member countries of the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF) in implementing the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism on human rights.

Co-organised by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the Parliamentary Assembly of the Francophonie (APF), the OIF, and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the conference takes place both in virtual and in-person formats on October 25-26.

Addressing the event, head of the Vietnamese delegation and Chairwoman of the NA Committee for Social Affairs Nguyen Thuy Anh affirmed the consistent policy of the Vietnamese State in respecting and protecting human rights. Vietnam constantly strives to better the legal system on human rights, promote economic development along with ensuring social justice, and constantly improve people's living standards.

She emphasised that Vietnam attaches importance to dialogue and cooperation in the field of human rights and actively participates in making contributions at UN and regional forums on the matter.

Vietnam has completed the review under the third UPR cycle and is actively implementing recommendations that Vietnam accepts, she noted.

She continued to say that Vietnam is also one of the core countries in promoting content on climate change and human rights at the Human Rights Council.

According to Anh, the NA plays an important role in ensuring and realising human rights in Vietnam. Over the past time, the legislature has made continuous efforts to build and complete the legal system on human rights; and to regularly conduct the monitoring of law enforcement and the implementation of regulations related to human rights.

Anh said amid COVID-19, Vietnam has promptly implemented measures to fight the pandemic and maintain economic growth with priority covering the protection of people’s life and wellbeing. All people are supported to secure their lives, get medical care, and have equal access to COVID-19 vaccines, she added.