Vietnam has spent almost 40 years at war over the past seven decades, but is finally living in a state of peace and development, director of the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics Ta Ngoc Tan told Vietnam News on the sidelines of a conference themed “70 Years of Vietnam’s Human Rights Achievements” held on December 9 in Hanoi.
|The conference on “70 Years of Vietnam’s Human Rights Achievements” is held on December 9 in Hanoi__Photo: Internet
Tan also stressed the country’s accomplishments in guaranteeing people’s right to an adequate standard of living, citing the national poverty rate has dropped dramatically to merely 4.8 percent from 60 percent in the 1990s.
As a result, Vietnam was deemed by the United Nations (UN) one of the most successful countries in the world in realizing the poverty eradication goal, the first of the eight Millennium Development Goals set by the UN.
In addition to poverty reduction, other human rights are also regulated in the 2013 Constitution, including rights of children, the elderly, and vulnerable and ethnic minority groups, Tan said.
As for efforts to promote human rights among Vietnamese ethnic minorities, 264 laws on ethnic policies had been issued, said Phan Van Hung, Vice Chairman of the National Assembly (NA) Ethnic Council, adding the Government had spent around USD 6 billion in the last five years on ethnic policies.
Moreover, Vietnam has signed and ratified seven out of the nine core UN human rights treaties, including the Convention on the Rights of the Child, together with other two recently signed conventions on the rights of persons with disabilities and the prohibition of torture.
Vietnam will also join the two remaining UN principle human rights treaties regarding protection of the rights of all migrant workers and members of their families, and protection of all persons from enforced disappearance.- (VNS/VLLF)