The Vietnamese delegation has actively contributed ideas to various draft resolutions and co-sponsored six resolutions of the 37th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), which wrapped up in Geneva, Switzerland, on March 23 after one month of working.
|An overview of the discussion of the United Nations Human Rights Council's 37th session (Source: VNA)
Ambassador Duong Chi Dung, head of the Vietnamese permanent mission to the United Nations, the WTO and other international organisations, joined discussion on a number of issues and delivered presentations at several events, including a high-level panel discussion marking the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the 25th anniversary of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, a discussion on human rights situation in Myanmar, and another on the rights of people with disabilities.
On behalf of ASEAN, he also delivered a speech at a debate on the Universal Periodic Review, affirming that this is an important mechanism that helps boost international dialogue and cooperation in human rights issue.
ASEAN is willing to cooperate with partners for the success of the mechanism, he confirmed.
On the sidelines of the session, Vietnam joined with India, Japan, France, the Philippines, Bangladesh, the Maldives, and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) to hold a seminar on the role of information and communication technology in promoting economic, cultural and social rights, and reducing inequality.
Vietnam’s participation in the 37th session again showed its positive and responsible performance in common works of the UNHRC in the spirit of dialogue and cooperation, thus contributing to ensuring activities of the council in accordance with the basic principles of the UN Charter and international law.
During the month-long event, the council discussed issues related to the rights of children, people with disabilities, anti-racial discrimination.
It also took a look at the human rights situation in Myanmar, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Syria, South Sudan, and Iran, as well as discussing measures to intensify technical assistance to ensure and promote human rights in Libya.
Among 41 resolutions submitted at the session, 26 were passed, including the one on the right to privacy in the digital era, and another on the role of good governance in protecting and promoting human rights.VNA