In Vietnam, there is nothing called such as prisoners of conscience and no one has been arrested for their viewpoints, said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang at the Ministry's press briefing in Hanoi on April 5.
The official responded to questions about the court ruling of 6 defendants under charges of “trying to overthrow the people’s administration”.
“I reject this untrue and biased information.As in any countries, law offenders must be dealt with by law. I reiterate Vietnam’s consistent policy of human rights assurance and promotion in line with the Vietnamese Constitution and law as well as international conventions on human rights to which Vietnam is a member. Vietnam’s efforts and achievements in promoting and ensuring human rights has received high praise from the international public," Hang said.
Vietnam has rejected several foreign organizations’ call to release law breakers, she added.
Regarding recent trade rows between the US and China, the spokeswoman said these emerging issues in international trade must be settled in line with WTO regulations to ensure parties’ legitimate rights for cooperation, development and prosperity.VOV