The event took place to mark the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the 30th anniversary of the Vienna Declaration and Program of Action.
Loi noted that Resolution No.27 adopted by the Party Central Committee last year on continuing to build and perfect the rule-of-law socialist State in the new period continues to affirm the Party’s consistent view that the State respects, ensures and protects human rights and the rights of its citizens.
Vietnam has made a strong effort to implement its international commitments and cooperation, and to fine-tune its laws and mechanisms to ensure human rights and the rights of its citizens.
Vietnam has joined seven of nine basic and core international conventions on human rights sponsored by the UN, and 25 labor conventions of the International Labor Organization (ILO).
The content of each convention has been promptly integrated into the Constitution and laws of Vietnam, creating the legal basis for better protection and enforcement of human rights, Mr. Loi said.
Vietnam has the taken initiative in submitting the first, second and third Universal Periodic Review (UPR) reports and national reports on the implementation of conventions on human rights to which it is a member.
Most recently, Vietnam held a national dialogue with the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination late last month.
Tuong Duy Kien, Director of the Institute for Human Rights Studies at the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics, said that to protect and ensure people’s rights, the most important task is to raise people’s awareness.
“People must understand their rights. In order to make them know their rights, communication plays a key role. When individual citizens know their rights, they can protect their own rights. In this way, they can respect the rights and freedoms of others and work in accordance to the Constitution and the law,” said Kien.
Several presentations at the workshop analyzed and clarified the advantages and challenges in ensuring and promoting human rights in Vietnam and around the world.