Vietnamese citizens enjoy fundamental freedoms in law and in practice.
In response to question from the media regarding Vietnam’s reaction to comments on human rights in Vietnam as mentioned in the 2010 human rights reports released by the US State Department and the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the recent statement by the Head of the Delegation of the European Union in Vietnam, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Nguyen Phuong Nga stated:
In Vietnam, fundamental freedoms of citizens are specifically provided for in the Constitution and other legal documents and guaranteed in practice. In recent years, Vietnam has earned many great achievements in protecting human rights in all civil, political, economic, social and cultural aspects, which are recognized by the international community. The Vietnamese people take full and active part in all aspects of social life. That human rights are guaranteed and promoted is an important factor that creates societal consensus, leading to the successful course of reform in Vietnam.
In any country, violations of law must be dealt with. Vietnam is a law-governed state and violations of law in Viet Nam therefore must be dealt with in light of laws and in line with the provisions of international law, including the International Covenant on civil and political rights.
In the spirit of cooperation and the principle of equality and mutual respect, Vietnam has joined in dialogue with different partners, including the United States, Britain and the European Union on issues of mutual concern.
It is regretably however that the US State Department, the British Foreign and Commonweath Office, the European Union mission in Vietnam and a number of organizations have produced biased comments, which base on false information that fails to accurately reflect the situation in Vietnam, and also comments that interfere in the internal affairs of Vietnam. /.
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