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The 1st Regular Press Conference in 2018


I. ANNOUNCEMENT

1. Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc and Spouse to attend the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit and India’s 69th Republic Day Celebration of India from 24 to 26 January

At the invitation of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc and Spouse will attend the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit and India’s 69th Republic Day Celebration from 24th to 26th January 2018.

The attendance of Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc and ASEAN Leaders at the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit and the 69th Republic Day Celebration is the highlight of  the 25th Anniversary of ASEAN-India Strategic Partnership which demonstrate the importance of the Partnership. The Summit is also an opportunity for Viet Nam to uphold its role as the coordinator of ASEAN-India relations (from August 2015 to August 2018). During its term, Viet Nam has actively worked with ASEAN countries and India to promote bilateral cooperation for strong and practical progress in political-security, economic, social and cultural cooperation. Bilaterally, the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between Viet Nam and India has made great stride, especially in key areas such as economic cooperation, trade, investment, defense-security, development cooperation, education-training, science and technology as well as other potential areas.

Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc is expected to attend and address the ASEAN – India Commemorative Summit, meet with Leaders of other countries, hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, make calls on India’s Leaders, and attend the parade in celebration of Indian Republic Day and other activities. 

2. Deputy Prime Minister Vương Đình Huệ to attend the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland and visit Portugal from 22nd to 28th January.


Deputy Prime Minister Vương Đình Huệ will attend the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland from 22nd to 25th January 2018 at the invitation of WEF Executive President, Mr. Borge Brende and visit Portugal from 26th to 28th January 2018 at the invitation of the Government of Portugal.

In Davos, Switzerland, Deputy Prime Minister Vương Đình Huệ will attend and address WEF meetings, including the ASEAN Regional Strategy Group (RSG), ASEAN in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Strategic Outlook for ASEAN, Informal Gathering of World Economic Leaders (IGWEL) and other sessions. DPM Vuong Dinh Hue will meet  with leaders from other countries, international organizations and businesses. As cooperation between Viet Nam and WEF is making positive progress since the signing of a cooperation agreement in January 2017, Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue’s visit will enhance Viet Nam – WEF relations and promote cooperation in implementing the Cooperation Agreement and preparing for WEF – ASEAN Meeting this September in Ha Noi.

In Portugal, Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue is expected to make calls on President of the Portuguese Assembly of the Republic and other high-level leaders, meet with Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Minister of Labour and Social Security. The two sides will discuss matters to foster bilateral cooperation, especially in maritime economy, tourism and energy. Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue will attend and address the Business Roundtable co-chaired by Portuguese Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade with the attendance of Vietnamese and Portuguese leading businesses.

3. ARF Workshop on Enhancing Regional Cooperation in Maritime Law Enforcement 

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs holds an ARF Workshop on Enhancing Regional Cooperation in Maritime Law Enforcement from 18 to 19 January 2018 in Nha Trang City, Khanh Hoa Province. 

As scheduled, there will be 3 sessions, namely: (i) Maritime security challenges in the region and the need for enhanced cooperation among maritime law enforcement agencies; (ii) Reviewing maritime law enforcement in Asia Pacific; (iii) Principle, scope and measure for cooperation in the region among maritime law enforcement agencies.  The workshop provides a forum for government officials, academics and experts in and outside the region to discuss, share experience, good practice and challenges to maritime law enforcement.  

4. The launch of “Protection and Promotion of Human Rights in Viet Nam” 

At today press conference, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs launches the book titled “Protection and Promotion of Human Rights in Viet Nam”. 

Along our history, Viet Nam has continuously fought for fundamental freedoms of her people, especially national independence and self-determination, the right to live in peace, freedom, prosperity and happiness of each citizen. In 2005, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs launched the book “Achievements in the Protection and Development of Human Rights in Viet Nam”. Since then, Viet Nam has witnessed important achievements in the protection and promotion of human rights, especially with the adoption of the 2013 Constitution and the improvement of legal system on human rights. Apart from that, Viet Nam has maintained a stable economic growth rate, improved people’s living standards, reduced poverty rate and promoted social equality, contributing to the exercise of economic and social rights as well as human rights in other areas. 

Viet Nam has implemented its international commitments to human rights and been increasingly active at forums on human rights within the UN, ASEAN and other mechanisms.

The book “Protection and Promotion of Human Rights in Viet Nam” will provide updates on laws, policies, efforts and achievements of the Vietnamese State in human rights, as well as the challenges that need to be addressed and priorities for better enjoyment of human rights in Viet Nam. 

The book has 4 chapters, presenting views, policy and laws of Viet Nam on human rights, as well as achievement of Vietnam in exercising rights in the civil-political category, the socio-economic and cultural category and the rights of vulnerable groups. 

II. Q&A

1. Please tell us what are Viet Nam’s priorities in promoting human rights in coming time?

Over the years, Viet Nam has gained significant achievements in human rights. Viet Nam’s priorities in this regard will be as follow:

First, continuously improving the legal system to ensure better implementation of fundamental rights and freedoms of citizens based on the 2013 Constitution and in harmony with Viet Nam’s international commitments.

Second, promoting socio-economic development to have  greater condition and resource for poverty reduction and improving the quality of people’s physical and spiritual life.

Third, providing greater access to social security services.

Forth, enhancing education quality to develop human resources, including education on human rights to raise people’s awareness and capacity of law enforcement agencies in this regard.

Fifth, advancing gender equality which is a prerequisite for building strong human resources, as well as promoting the quality of life for individuals, families and society at large.

Sixth, public health care aimed at a healthy society and access to comprehensive healthcare services, both physically and mentally.

Seventh, greater cooperation with all countries, mechanisms and organizations related to human rights.

2. Will there be any event on the 50th anniversary of Mau Than Offensive in 1968?

In the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Mau Than Offensive, commemorations will be held at state and local level.

More details of the commemorations will be provided later.

3. What is Viet Nam’s response to views expressed by some partners over human rights in Viet Nam?

Human rights represent mankind’s common value but defer in approaches and priorities depriving from unique conditions in terms of history, culture, political system and development level. This is the norm in international relations. It is more important to cooperate and engage in dialogue in a collaborative manner and based on mutual respect.

In this spirit, Viet Nam seeks to maintain dialogue on human rights with countries and partners to increase mutual understanding, share experiences and open up opportunities for bilateral cooperation with regards to human rights. It is our wish that international community has an unbiased, comprehensive and balanced view on the efforts and achievements of Viet Nam in ensuring human rights.

4. Could you give updates on three Vietnamese citizens arrested for stealing fuel in Singapore?

Under instruction from MOFA, the Embassy of Viet Nam in Singapore has been in contact with local authorities in Singapore for information on the case.

This is what we have obtained so far, on the afternoon of January 17th, 2017, the Embassy of Viet Nam in Singapore was informed by Singaporean authorities about the arrest and on-going investigation of three potential suspects of the case. In the meantime, the Embassy will continue to follow the case closely and take citizen protection measures if necessary.

5. In the latest report, Human Rights Watch said Viet Nam had increased its oppression of human rights. What is Viet Nam’s reaction to this?

It is our consistent policy to protect and promote human rights. This is done in line with the Constitution and laws of Viet Nam as well as international conventions on human rights to which Viet Nam is a party. Viet Nam’s efforts and achievements in protection and promotion of human rights over the years have been widely recognised by international community. These specific efforts and achievements can be found in the book just introduced to you.

We reject the information that is untrue and biased about Viet Nam./.

 
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