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Vietnam reviews international human rights treaties

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 at 4:22 am




Vietnam reviews international human rights treaties


QĐND – Thursday, December 23, 2010, 20:33 (GMT+7)

Vietnam has successfully defended its national report on the implementation of human rights under the Universal Periodic Review of the UN Human Rights Councils, which has earned international plaudits.


A seminar on International conventions on human rights and implementation mechanisms was held in Hanoi on December 22 by the Vietnam Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID).


Representatives and speakers from 40 media agencies, and organisations in charge of human rights in Vietnam attended the seminar.


The seminar was part of a technical cooperation programme concerning human rights between Vietnam and Austria which started in 2006.


In his opening speech, Deputy Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son affirmed the Vietnamese Party, State and Government’s consistent policy, in which Vietnam attaches great importance to joining international human rights treaties to show its commitments and determination in ensuring and exercising human rights.


So far, Vietnam involved itself in the five key UN conventions on human rights, the International Labour Organization’s conventions and other bilateral agreements to promote and protect human rights.


Vietnam has signed the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and is carrying out necessary formalities for the approval of this convention in the near future.


Apart from enhancing cooperation in international treaties, Vietnam is taking into account its participation in other treaties. “The 2009-2010 period has seen Vietnam’s great efforts in international cooperation on human rights, particularly regional and international mechanisms,” Mr. Son said.


As Chair of the ASEAN Inter-Governmental Commission on Human Rights in 2010, Vietnam worked hand in hand with other ASEAN countries to put the commission into operation and fulfilled all tasks set for 2010 by mapping out a five-year plan and devising specific tasks for 2010-2011, which were approved by ASEAN foreign ministers.


Over the past four years, AusAID in Vietnam has organised seminars and training courses to raise Vietnamese agencies and organisations’ awareness of human rights issues and create a link between Vietnamese and Australian agencies in exercising human rights.


Australia has assisted Vietnam in issuing and revising some laws relating to the protection of human rights.


Australian Vice Ambassador to Vietnam Vanessa Wood praised the media’s role in imparting the contents of international treaties to all people while expressing the hope that through cooperation programmes, Vietnam and Australia could share human rights-related experiences.


During the two-day seminar, the participants focused their discussions on democracy, human rights in international relations, the Vietnamese State’s views and policies on human rights and religion, and issues on democracy and human rights in Vietnam’s relations with other countries, including the US, the EU and the Vatican.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

National Committee reviews Vietnam’s ASEAN presidency

In Uncategorized on October 26, 2010 at 5:34 pm




National Committee reviews Vietnam’s ASEAN presidency


QĐND – Friday, October 22, 2010, 23:13 (GMT+7)


The National Committee for ASEAN 2010 held its eighth session in Hanoi on October 21 to review Vietnam’s ASEAN presidency and prepare for the 17th ASEAN Summit and related summits that will take place in Hanoi from October 28-30.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung attended the session, which took place under the chairmanship of Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem, who is also Chairman of the National Committee for ASEAN 2010.


Deputy Foreign Minister Dao Viet Trung, who is permanent Secretary General of the National Committee for ASEAN 2010, said that since the committee’s previous session on August 30, Vietnam continued to uphold the role of ASEAN Chair, successfully hosting and chairing many important events and activities.


They included the unofficial ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, the 2nd ASEAN-US leaders’ meeting, the meeting of ASEAN foreign ministers with UN General Secretary and the President of the 65th UN General Assembly, the 1st ASEAN security chiefs’ meeting, the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ meeting and the 1st ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM+), the 31st AIPA General Assembly and the 6th ASEAN People’s Forum.


At the October 21 session, Sub-committees and units of the National Committee for ASEAN 2010 reported on preparations for the 17th ASEAN Summit and related summits, which were nearly completed.


Addressing the session, PM Dung said that with its pro-activity and responsibility, Vietnam implemented well-planned targets and programmes and recommended positive and practical initiatives, which markedly contributed to ASEAN development, boosting the construction of the ASEAN Community, expanding cooperation between ASEAN and its partners, and raising the ASEAN’s role and position.


PM Dung praised the efforts of the National Committee for ASEAN 2010 and relevant ministries and agencies for their contributions to the many successes.


The Prime Minister stressed that the 17th ASEAN Summit and related summits would be particularly important events of the ASEAN 2010 Year. He asked the committee and related ministries and agencies to try their best to make the events successful, making a fine impression about Vietnam and raising the country’s role and position in the region and the world.


Source: VOVNews/VNA


 


 


Source: QDND

Committee reviews campaign on Uncle Ho’s moral example

In Uncategorized on June 26, 2010 at 4:44 pm




Committee reviews campaign on Uncle Ho’s moral example


QĐND – Saturday, June 26, 2010, 21:15 (GMT+7)

The central steering committee for the “Study and follow Ho Chi Minh’s moral example” campaign convened in Hanoi on June 25 to review the performances in the first half and deploy major tasks for the rest of the year.


Following the discussion, Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh, Head of the committee, praised the results that Party committees and administrations at all levels and the entire people have reaped in implementing the campaign during the first six months of 2010.


Party committees and administrations at all levels have shown their creativity in activities in response to the campaign, making them part of the regular tasks of officials and Party members, thereby receiving broad support from the entire Party, mass organisations and people, he said. As a result, the drive has made positive impacts on the country’s accomplishment of socio-economic targets.


Manh stressed that the campaign should be implemented persistently, regularly and continuously to turn it into part of people’s life and a social movement, helping to build up the nation’s culture and a foundation for the people’s spiritual life.


To achieve greater and more practical results, those in management positions and Party members at all levels must set good examples themselves and pioneer in performing the drive, the Party chief emphasised.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

National Assembly reviews execution methods

In Uncategorized on May 25, 2010 at 5:24 pm

Stage adaptation of Chinese bestseller garners mixed reviews

In Uncategorized on April 7, 2010 at 8:02 am

The drama “Sorry, I’m only a harlot,” based on the novel by Chinese writer Tao Ding, debuted to mixed, though mostly positive reviews at the Hoa Binh Theater in Ho Chi Minh City on April 3.

Actress Ngan Khanh who plays Ha Au and actor Quy Binh who plays her lover Ha Niem Ban, perform in a production of “Sorry, I’m only a harlot” at the Hoa Binh Theater in Ho Chi Minh City

The play tells the tragic tale of a 16-year-old girl named Ha Au and her mother Boi Ngoc who are the sex slaves of a brutal, rich man. In order to save her own life, the young girl stabs the man to death in the final act.


Audiences applauded actress Ngan Khanh for her portrayal of the naïve Ha Au in the first part of the play, but said she failed overall to convey the deep pain and anguish of the girl.


However, viewers commended actress Lan Phuong who plays Ha Au in the latter part of the drama, saying her performance was emotionally stirring.


Audiences also heaped praise on young actor Quy Binh, who plays the part of Ha Niem Ban – Ha Au’s lover; Tu Trinh who plays the girl’s mother; and Thanh Hoang who plays the man keeping the women as sex slaves.

   Actress Lan Phuong and actor Quy Binh perform onstage

The stage set also received mainly positive feedback for its imposing beauty, but some thought it was over the top and distracted viewers from the raw emotions being portrayed onstage.

 

The play’s three-hour running time, meanwhile, was criticized for being too long and many complained that the sound system was not up to par.


The play attracted many industry insiders, who were eager to see the performance being hailed as a groundbreaking drama with investment of more than VND5 billion (US$250,000) – a long-term investment of the local V.Art Company.


After playing in HCMC on April 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11, the drama will be performed in Hanoi and Da Nang before heading to the US.


Following its initial tour, the production will show regularly at the 5B Theater in HCMC.



Related article:

Local company to turn Chinese bestseller into stage drama

Source: SGGP

Stage adaptation of Chinese bestseller garners mixed reviews

In Uncategorized on April 7, 2010 at 8:01 am

The drama “Sorry, I’m only a harlot,” based on the novel by Chinese writer Tao Ding, debuted to mixed, though mostly positive reviews at the Hoa Binh Theater in Ho Chi Minh City on April 3.

Actress Ngan Khanh who plays Ha Au and actor Quy Binh who plays her lover Ha Niem Ban, perform in a production of “Sorry, I’m only a harlot” at the Hoa Binh Theater in Ho Chi Minh City

The play tells the tragic tale of a 16-year-old girl named Ha Au and her mother Boi Ngoc who are the sex slaves of a brutal, rich man. In order to save her own life, the young girl stabs the man to death in the final act.


Audiences applauded actress Ngan Khanh for her portrayal of the naïve Ha Au in the first part of the play, but said she failed overall to convey the deep pain and anguish of the girl.


However, viewers commended actress Lan Phuong who plays Ha Au in the latter part of the drama, saying her performance was emotionally stirring.


Audiences also heaped praise on young actor Quy Binh, who plays the part of Ha Niem Ban – Ha Au’s lover; Tu Trinh who plays the girl’s mother; and Thanh Hoang who plays the man keeping the women as sex slaves.

   Actress Lan Phuong and actor Quy Binh perform onstage

The stage set also received mainly positive feedback for its imposing beauty, but some thought it was over the top and distracted viewers from the raw emotions being portrayed onstage.

 

The play’s three-hour running time, meanwhile, was criticized for being too long and many complained that the sound system was not up to par.


The play attracted many industry insiders, who were eager to see the performance being hailed as a groundbreaking drama with investment of more than VND5 billion (US$250,000) – a long-term investment of the local V.Art Company.


After playing in HCMC on April 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11, the drama will be performed in Hanoi and Da Nang before heading to the US.


Following its initial tour, the production will show regularly at the 5B Theater in HCMC.



Related article:

Local company to turn Chinese bestseller into stage drama

Source: SGGP

Conference reviews externally-oriented information work

In Politics-Society on March 9, 2010 at 8:48 am




Conference reviews externally-oriented information work


QĐND – Monday, March 08, 2010, 21:12 (GMT+7)

A national conference on externally-oriented information work, including publicizing information on sea, islands, and land demarcation, opened in Danang on March 8.


Addressing the two-day conference, Deputy Prime Minister-cum-Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem highlighted the urgent need to expand and improve externally-oriented information work in terms of both content and form.


Participants in the event outlined the duties and solutions in 2010, emphasizing better adherence to the related directive of the Party’s Central Secretariat. Accordingly, information campaigns on Vietnam’s seas and islands, including the country’s marine strategy, will be conducted effectively on schedule. They also stressed more efforts in the theoretical struggle against distortions by domestic and hostile forces.


In 2009, Vietnam’s relevant press and information agencies did good work promoting the land and people of Vietnam as well as development, and successfully refuted slanderous allegations from political opportunists, especially in the fields of democracy, human rights, religion, freedom of press, and territorial sovereignty.


They also helped to raise Vietnam’s status in 2009, when the country successfully defended its Universal Periodic Review on human rights at the United Nations.


The externally-oriented information work made progress in publicizing the results of the planting of border markers along the Vietnam-China border and the Vietnam-Cambodia border as well as the increase of markers on the Vietnam-Laos border, winning public support.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Ministry reviews 2009 culture, sports and tourism

In Vietnam Culture on December 29, 2009 at 11:15 am

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism held a year-end conference in Da Nang City on December 28 to evaluate the sectors’ 2009 performance and discuss plans for 2010.








Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan attends the year-end meeting held by the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism in Da Nang on December 28.

Minister Hoang Anh Tuan said culture, sport and tourism industries have made significant achievements this year in promoting images of the country abroad. Mr. Tuan added that it was commendable Vietnam ranked second at the 25th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 25) in Laos.


This year also saw amendments and supplementary articles added to the Cultural Heritage Law, Intellectual Property Law, Cinema Law, and the Cultural Development Strategy until 2020 among others.


The report said there were 3.8 million foreign visitors to the country this year, a decrease of 11.5 percent over last year. Domestic tourist numbers were up 19 percent, however, to 25 million.


Vietnam’s tourism sector earned around VND68,000-70,000 billion (US$3.6-3.7billion), an increase of 10 percent over the previous year.


The country hopes to welcome about 4.6 million foreign visitors and 28 million domestic tourists in 2010.


Ho Chi Minh City received only 2.52 million international tourists, accounting for 84 percent of the year’s target. The city expects to attract around 3.5 million foreign visitors and 10 million local tourists in 2010.


Culture, sports and tourism plans for next year include working with relevant departments to celebrate the 1,000th Thang Long-Hanoi Anniversary, taking part in the 16th Asian Games (ASIAD 16) in Guangzhou, China, promoting tourism and organizing other events in the country.


The Ministry also announced on December 27 Vietnam’s 10 most outstanding cultural, sports and tourism achievements of 2009:





1. The NA promulgated and amended laws relating to the Law on Cultural Heritages, Intellectual Property, and Cinema. The PM issued Decision 581/QĐ-TTg approving the Cultural Development Strategy to 2020 and Decision 1272/QĐ-TTg on listing 10 special national cultural and historical sites (stage 1).

2. Quan ho Bac Ninh singing (Bac Ninh folk love duets) and Ca tru (ceremonial songs) recently received recognition as “an intangible world heritage” by the United Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Ca tru has been listed as a “cultural heritage in need of urgent safeguarding”. UNESCO will also send representatives to attend the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi.

3. Diplomatic cultural activities held in the “Year of Cultural Diplomacy” including Vietnamese Week in Russia, the UK, Laos, South Africa, Venezuela and Brazil; Vietnam’s cultural and artistic activities in China, Spain, Sweden and Italy; the “Meet Vietnam” Program in San Francisco, US; the Republic of Korea’s Cultural Week and Cambodia’s Cultural Week in Vietnam; establishment of the Vietnam traditional music orchestra and its performance in Laos.

The New York Philharmonic, the US’ oldest orchestra and one of the best-known orchestras in the world, traveled to Vietnam for performances at the Hanoi Opera House October 16-17.

4. A series of cultural and artistic activities marked the nation’s most prominent events including the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Ho Chi Minh Trail; 55th anniversary of the Dien Bien Phu Victory; and the Quang Nam Culture-Tourism Week ahead of the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi.

5. Special commemorative days were celebrated including April 19, which was named Culture Day of Vietnam Ethnic Groups; the International Gongs Festival 2009 held in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai; the 1st Việt Nam Rice Festival in the Mekong Delta province of Hau Giang; Mekong-Japan Culture and Tourism Days in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho; and the Mrs. World Pageant 2009 in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau.

6. The locally made movie Dung dot (Don’t Burn) won the Fukuoka Audience Award at the Fukuoka International Film Festival in Japan. Vietnam won four first prizes out of seven awards at the international competition held in Jakarta, Indonesia.

7. Vietnam hosted the 3rd Asian Indoor Games (AI Games 3) and ranked second overall. 

8. Vietnamese athletes pocketed 215 medals with 83 golds and ranked second at the 25th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Laos.

9. The ASEAN Tourism Forum 2009 (ATF-09) was held along with the tourism stimulus program “Vietnam Impression.”

10. Hạ Long Bay was listed in the final round of voting for 7 World Natural Wonders while Lang Co Bay in Thua Thien-Hue Province was recognized as a world Beautiful Bay.


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House committee reviews Government’s socioeconomic report

In Vietnam Economy on September 22, 2009 at 1:04 pm

The National Assembly’s Economic Committee began a three-day session on September 21 to examine the Government’s socio-economic report for the year, development plans for 2010, banking and credit bills and plans to develop the power sector.








Workers in a tyre production line of Casumina Company. Vietnam’s industrial sector posted its lowest growth in many years, dragging down economic growth (Photo: SGGP)

Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Duc Hoa said the global recession has had a negative impact on economic growth, but the Government has adopted many measures, especially the stimulus package, to ward off a recession.
 
The economy has gradually recovered and social welfare has been ensured, he said.
 
This year’s economic growth is expected to top 5 percent, exceeding the adjusted target set by the NA.
 
The implementation of social welfare policies has provided results, with many people, especially in remote and rural areas, getting jobs, and the poverty rate expected to subside to 11 percent by the end of this year.
 
Mr. Hoa warned of the problems that remain — the industrial sector saw its lowest growth in many years and the number of foreign visitors and exports have fallen steeply.
 
Le Quoc Dung, a committee deputy head, said to achieve the year’s target of 5 percent, growth must reach 6.7 percent in the last quarter.
 
To achieve this, the Government needs to conjure up breakthroughs.
 
Another deputy head, Vu Viet Ngan, said the Government needs to adopt effective measures to attract foreign direct investment.
 
Nguyen Thi Nguyet Huong wanted the Government to spell out why it issued such a small volume of bonds in 2009. The Government has plans to make substantial bond issues in 2010.
 
Delegates appreciated the Government for adopting measures to speed up administrative reform and create a favorable investment environment.
 
They asked for a report on the use of ODA funds for socioeconomic development projects, construction of low-income housing, and assistance to workers going abroad.


Source: SGGP