Vietnam joins efforts to ensure human rights, president says.

Posted in API, culture, politics, Vietnam by nam on December 12, 2008

Vietnam, as a member of the international community, has been participating in concerted efforts to ensure and enforce human rights, President Nguyen Minh Triet said Wednesday.

President Triet made the statement as he gave a message of congratulations to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon during a ceremony marking the 60th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Vietnam, Triet said, believes that the lofty values contained within the Universal Declaration of Human Rights would continue to be a foundation for cooperation, mutual understanding and trust among countries in the 21st century and beyond.

The country’s success in reducing poverty, improving the living conditions of its people and creating a more prosperous society were concrete outcomes of the process of building and promoting democracy in the country, he said.

Meanwhile, Vietnamese Minister for Justice Ha Hung Cuong Wednesday described the two-day Bali Democracy Forum, which opened Wednesday in the Indonesian resort island of Bali, as a good chance to share opinions and experiences in promoting democracy.

Close to 200 government officials from 32 Asian countries, including Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, and delegates from eight observing nations in Europe and America attended the event.

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I was in Vietnam in 2003, and recently in September. Within those 5 years, the country has improved dramatically economically. This definitely sounds good, but i’ll wait til i see when folks can question authority without fear and stop having to pay off cops just to get by, before i start jumping for joy.

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  1. My said, on February 26, 2009 at 8:09 am

    ah, you’re super awesome. very true that the country has improved economically but then again, the rich keeps getting richer and the poor continues getting poorer…the gap between the rich and poor are so huge – there’s no middle class..

    despite the “economic improvements,” there is still no freedom, no democracy and no human rights in vietnam…if you were blogging all of this in VN, you’d be arrested..many bloggers and activists have been arrested, put on house arrest, put under surveillance….it’s sad that 34 years after the war, VN is still a third world country…children are still begging on the streets, working at a young age, not going to school, kidnapped and sold into the sex industry…and the list can go on and on… 😦 sadness..but i’ll stop here…

    anyhow, it’s refreshing to know that there are other young people out there like you who still care about what’s going on in VN 🙂


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