>>Vietnam ready for human rights dialogue
Vietnam’s juvenile criminal justice system will be further improved so as to ensure conformity with the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Such is provided in Decision No. 2057 which was issued by the Prime Minister on November 23 approving an overall plan to implement human rights recommendations Vietnam has accepted in line with the UN Human Rights Council’s second-cycle universal periodic review (UPR) mechanism.
Free-of-charge periodical health check for pupils at Doan Ket secondary school, Hai Ba Trung district (Hanoi) _ Photo: Duong Ngoc_VNA
Along with reforming the country’s legal system on human rights, Vietnam will focus on enhancing and protecting human rights in economic, social, cultural, civilian and political fields. By 2020, around 2.5 million people will receive social assistance, of which the elderly are expected to make up more than 30 percent. Social insurance and unemployment insurance will respectively cover 50 percent and 35 percent of the country’s total workforce, while over 80 percent of the population will participate in health insurance.
To ensure the rights of vulnerable groups, Vietnam will adopt policies and measures, prioritizing resources to facilitate access to social welfare, healthcare, education and housing for women, children, the elderly, disabled people and poor people.
Other priorities include enhancing education on human rights; integrating into international human rights standards; fulfilling international human rights obligations; and entering into international cooperation on human rights.
The plan reflects Vietnam’s determination, seriousness and responsibility for the implementation of the UPR recommendations it has accepted as well as its international human rights commitments, especially the pledges the country has made as it runs for membership in the UN Human Rights Council for the 2014-16 tenure.-(VNA/VLLF)