Viet Nam decried the US's Viet Nam Human Rights Act yesterday, saying it provided completely inaccurate and biased information about the country's execution of human rights.
HA NOI — Viet Nam decried the US's Viet Nam Human Rights Act yesterday, saying it provided completely inaccurate and biased information about the country's execution of human rights.
Luong Thanh Nghi, Foreign Ministry spokesperson, made the statement in response to reporters' queries on Viet Nam's reaction to the Human Rights Act, which was passed by the US House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs.
"In recent years, Viet Nam has gained achievements in securing human rights in civil, political, economic, cultural and social affairs, which have been recognised by the international community," Nghi said.
Any differences in human rights issues should be discussed frankly in the spirit of constructiveness and mutual respect to promote mutual understanding and help strengthen relations among nations, he said. In that spirit, Viet Nam has held dialogues on human rights issues with the US, he added.
Meanwhile, Ewa Chyl-insk, a senior expert at the European Centre in Viet Nam, said Viet Nam had been very successful in ensuring human rights for ethnic minorities. She made the remark at a workshop on human rights for ethnic minorities in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong on March 7-8.
Chylinsk said that Viet Nam had helped ethnic minority people build homes in a resettlement programme that other nations could and should follow suit.
She was one of 50 specialists from the European Delegation to Viet Nam to attend the workshop with the Foreign Ministry, the Ministry of Public Security and the Central Highland provinces of Lam Dong, Gia Lai, Kon Tum, Dak Lak and southern Binh Phuoc Province.
Participants discussed laws and policies on ethnic minorities and the rights of ethnic minorities in Viet Nam, including the right to benefit from social welfare policies, political rights and property ownership rights.
They proposed a number of measures to step up the protection of human rights for ethnic minorities. Topics included land policies, protecting local cultures, education, vocational and personnel training and continued reform of the legal system for ethnic minorities.
They agreed that the Government needed to boost investment and better utilise the potential of each ethnic minority group to help them escape from poverty and develop local economies. — VNS