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US human rights report incorrect: Vietnam foreign ministry

US human rights report incorrect: Vietnam foreign ministry

Friday, March 24, 2023, 13:53 GMT+7
US human rights report incorrect: Vietnam foreign ministry
This image shows Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs deputy spokesperson Pham Thu Hang speaking at a press briefing in Hanoi on March 23, 2023. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

The U.S. Department of State’s annual human rights report contains inaccurate information about Vietnam, Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said, adding the Southeast Asian nation is ready to discuss the discrepancies with the U.S. 

Deputy spokeswoman of the foreign ministry Pham Thu Hang spoke at a press conference in Hanoi on Thursday in response to the U.S. State Department’s March 20 announcement of the 2022 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices – the Human Rights Report – which stated that some Asian countries, including Vietnam, had “seriously and systematically violated human rights.”

“Vietnam regrets that the Human Rights Report has released biased statements based on inaccurate information about Vietnam,” Hang said.

It is Vietnam’s consistent policy to protect and promote human rights, the deputy spokeswoman emphasized.  

Considering its citizens as the central and driving force of the country’s renovation and development process, Vietnam strives to improve living standards and rights, leaving no one behind, Hang told the conference.

“Basic human freedoms are enshrined in the Constitution of Vietnam. They are protected and promoted by legal documents as well as enforced in practice,” the representative of the foreign ministry stated.

She stressed that Vietnam is always willing to have frank and open discussions in a constructive spirit with the U.S. about issues of differences to promote mutual understanding and contribute to the development of the two countries’ comprehensive partnership.

Vietnam and the U.S. established diplomatic relations in 1995 and upgraded their ties to a comprehensive partnership in 2013.

“We look forward and are ready to work with the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden to further promote the two countries’ relations effectively and sustainably, for peace, stability, cooperation, and development in the region and the world,” Hang told the media when asked about the potential of upgrading of ties between the two countries. 

The U.S. has also repeatedly affirmed its support for a strong, independent, and prosperous Vietnam, the diplomat said.

In October last year, Vietnam was elected again to the United Nations Human Rights Council for the 2023-25 term, after its first membership in 2013.

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