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Vietnam views human rights as key to national development

(VNA) – A foreign ministry official said Vietnam has identified the promotion and protection of human rights as lying at the core of its causes of national construction and development.

“ Vietnam has ratified a host of international conventions on human rights and is seriously implementing the obligations as a member of those conventions,” Deputy Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh told at a seminar on December 18 to mark the 60 th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The seminar, which also focused on the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, was jointly organised by the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry and the UNDP in Vietnam .

UNDP’s Resident Representative John Hendra said that, as one of the first countries to have ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Vietnam has demonstrated its determination to promote and respect human rights.

He applauded the Vietnamese Government for moving to make the country the 118 th member to sign up to the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities and pledged to continue supporting Vietnam in this area, as well as providing the country with the necessary assistance to carry out work in this field.

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