Vietnam rejects ‘false and biased’ human rights report

Posted in 2009, API, culture, news, politics, social issues, Vietnam by nam on February 27, 2009

HA NOI — Viet Nam has denounced the false information contained in an annual report on human rights issued by the US Department of State on Wednesday.

Answering queries regarding Viet Nam’s reaction to the report, Vietnamese Foreign Ministry’s spokesman Le Dung yesterday said, “We reject the biased remarks based on erroneous information about Viet Nam that is contained in the US Department of State’s 2008 report.”

The Ministry spokesman reiterated that the public’s rights to basic freedoms are clearly stated in Viet Nam’s constitution and other legal documents and were respected in practice.

“People participate in all fields of social life,” Dung said, asserting that this had been an important factor in the success of the country’s renovation.

“Over the past years, Viet Nam has recorded great achievements in ensuring people’s rights across all fields , civil, political, economic, cultural and social, which are recognised by the international community,” he said.

The spokesman stressed: “The Vietnamese State respects the people’s democratic freedoms and continually creates favourable conditions for its citizens to exercise them, but also fights the misuse of these rights to undermine State interests and the rights and legal interests of organizations and individuals.”

He asked the US to take an objective and comprehensive approach to differences in human rights between the two countries, one based on dialogue and understanding, with a spirit of co-operation and mutual respect, considering the historical, economic, cultural and social characteristics of each country, thus helping to broaden the mutual understanding. — VNS

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Funny, didn’t i just post something about human rights in Vietnam last month? I’m pretty sure i did…oh yeah, HERE. I’m pretty sure that will be swept under the rug. Also…

“The Vietnamese State respects the people’s democratic freedoms and continually creates favourable conditions for its citizens to exercise them, but also fights the misuse of these rights to undermine State interests and the rights and legal interests of organizations and individuals.

Now, along with other parts in the article, that whole sentence above contradicts itself and is total BULLSHIT. So basically you’re saying that the people are cool… as long as they, any single person or an organization, doesn’t question or protest the system and it’s actions? Give me a break.

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  1. jonolan said, on February 27, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    “He asked the US to take an objective and comprehensive approach to differences in human rights between the two countries, one based on dialogue and understanding, with a spirit of co-operation and mutual respect, considering the historical, economic, cultural and social characteristics of each country, thus helping to broaden the mutual understanding.”

    You do not examine Human Rights in the context of some nation’s culture; they’re absolutes.

    The Vietnamese government’s request is essentially proof that they’re violating their people’s human rights.

  2. nam said, on February 27, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    agreed. well said.

  3. edjop82 said, on March 2, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    not to say bad shit ain’t happening in vietnam, but it’s hyprocritical for the US State Dept to EVER assess other country’s human rights records… they need to clean their own house first.

  4. nam said, on March 2, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    no doubt bruh!

  5. jonolan said, on March 2, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Sadly the US has to evaluate other nations’ human rights records. We have laws that forbid of from providing foreign aid and other “goodies” to nations who score too low on maintaining human rights.

    These laws were set up a long time ago and are still active. They were enacted by people who wanted to make it illegal for the US government to fund regimes like Saddam Husein’s Iraq, Zimbabwe, or Sudan.

  6. edjop82 said, on March 3, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    jonolan,

    the US has no problem giving money to countries with poor human rights records – egypt, israel, philippines, turkey, sri lanka, saudi arabia, colombia.

    so then, what is the purpose of these HR reports?

  7. jonolan said, on March 3, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Ah…I said that was why the laws were made; I never said it worked out that way in practice. Yet, the studies are still the law and so must be done.

    Stupidity and waste as opposed to outright hypocrisy.


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