The Prime Minister on September 14 approved the Scheme on public communication about human rights in Vietnam in the 2023-28 period, aiming to improve public awareness and knowledge about human rights as well as Vietnam’s reputation in the field of human rights in the region and the world.
Under Decision 1079/QD-TTg, the Scheme will be implemented in 63 provinces and centrally run cities nationwide, foreign countries with large Vietnamese communities, priority areas for the development of external relations of the Party and the State, and areas where headquarters of international human rights agencies are based such as New York (the United States), Geneva (Switzerland) and Bangkok (Thailand).
The Scheme is expected to facilitate the provision of sufficient information to domestic citizens, overseas Vietnamese and foreigners on viewpoints, policies, efforts and achievements of Vietnam in the protection and promotion of human rights.
It sets the target that by 2028, all state administrative agencies will regularly provide information on human rights affairs to the press for public knowledge about efforts and achievements of the responsible authorities in particular, and the nation in general, in guaranteeing human rights.
Meanwhile, all officials engaged in human rights affairs, information and communications management, and external information work of press agencies, and 70 percent of key staffs of socio-political organizations at the central and provincial levels and in centrally run cities will be updated with information on practical human rights affairs in Vietnam and provided with knowledge and communication skills on human rights.
At the same time, a series of exhibitions of photos and archives on human rights in Vietnam in Vietnamese and foreign languages will be organized in 63 provinces and cities and some key overseas locations; 1,000 book titles on human rights will be compiled, published and reprinted; and forms of mass communication products on human rights will be diversified, striving that the proportion of media products in ethnic and foreign languages and those on digital platforms will account for 15-20 percent of total media products.
Another target is to digitalize and interconnect all data and media products produced under the Scheme to make them available for mutual use in the cyber environment.
It is also expected to reduce fake news and untruthful information about infringement of human rights to below 10 percent of all information on human rights in the country.