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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

UN rights envoy warns N.Korea further isolating itself

In Uncategorized on November 26, 2010 at 11:21 am


SEOUL, Nov 26, 2010 (AFP) – The UN human rights envoy for North Korea warned Friday that the country is isolating itself at a time when it badly needs humanitarian aid.


Marzuki Darusman was on his first mission to South Korea since taking the post this year but, like his predecessor, was denied entry to the country formally known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).


“The DPRK should not find itself in isolation at a juncture when it needs the support and cooperation of the international community the most, both to address the human rights situation and the humanitarian needs,” he said.


Darusman was speaking days after the volatile regime fired a deadly barrage of shells and rockets at a South Korean island near the disputed sea border, claiming it had acted in retaliation to a military exercise being staged there.

A North Korean soldier on a naval vessel on the banks of the Yalu River some 70 kms north of the North Korean border town of Siniuju which lies across the river from Dandong in northeast China’s Liaoning province on November 26, 2010. AFP

The UN envoy noted that, after devastating floods hit the North in August, South Korea had offered 5,000 tons of rice and 250,000 bags of cement in humanitarian aid for victims in the impoverished country.


All such aid shipments have been frozen since the North launched its strike on the island of Yeonpyeong, which killed two marines and two civilians and wounding 18 other people.


It was the first shelling of civilians since the 1950-53 Korean War.


Darusman said that despite the outbreak of hostilities, “it is important to continue to provide such humanitarian assistance”, while ensuring that all aid distribution “reaches the neediest population”.

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Source: SGGP

Iranian woman to be hanged Wednesday: rights group

In Uncategorized on November 3, 2010 at 5:43 am

Government to give universities more rights to self-determination

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 8:00 am

Universities will be given more rights to self-determination since the 2014-2015 school year, according to the new regulations on university promulgated by the Government.


Universities will give priority to recruiting graduates of Bachelor’s degrees, Master and Ph.D degrees with good overall scores.


The schools will be responsible for drafting textbook, curriculum and teaching methods; enrollment target; diploma awarding; signing the decisions recognizing students’ graduation; recruitment; training managing staff, teachers, officials and more.


A university has a maximum of three vice rectors, said the new regulations.

Source: SGGP

Afghan war kills 1,325 civilians this year: rights group

In Uncategorized on August 8, 2010 at 11:22 am

More than 1,300 civilians have been killed in Afghanistan so far this year, mostly by Taliban insurgents, a leading Afghan rights group said Sunday.


Taliban militants were responsible for about 68 percent of the 1,325 deaths while Afghan and NATO troops were to blame for 23 percent, Afghanistan’s Independent Human Rights Commission said.


Violent but “unknown factors” killed the rest, it said.


The new toll shows a five percent increase over the same period last year, the group said, citing a nationwide count of civilian casualties by its regional offices, senior commissioner Nader Nadery told reporters.


Most of the casualties caused by the insurgents were killed by improvised explosive devices, the Taliban’s weapon of choice which is also responsible for most military deaths in Afghanistan.


Nadery said fewer people had died in NATO-led airstrikes but more had been killed in rocket attacks targeting insurgents, but he did not give figures.


Civilian casualties have become a critical issue in the nearly nine-year Afghan war and reducing the number of such incidents is seen as crucial to a US-led counter-insurgency strategy designed to end the conflict.


 

Source: SGGP

Journalists’ club for the protection of the rights of the child debuts

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 4:50 pm




Journalists’ club for the protection of the rights of the child debuts


QĐND – Thursday, July 15, 2010, 20:43 (GMT+7)

A journalists’ club for the protection of the rights of the child made its debut in Hanoi on July 15.


The club belongs to the Vietnam Association for Protection of the Rights of the Child (VAPRC) and operates under the regulations of the VAPRC, the Vietnam Journalists’ Association (VJA), and Vietnamese law.


Club members include students, journalists, and others connected with news media and communications, as well as members of VAPRC and VJA.


The VAPRC president, Tran Thi Thanh Thanh, says the club will help to promulgate, educate and encourage the public to get involved in child protection initiatives and identify unresolved social issues related to child protection. This is a new direction in the ongoing campaign to protect Vietnamese children.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Trade Union to better protect workers’ rights

In Uncategorized on June 3, 2010 at 2:09 am




Trade Union to better protect workers’ rights


QĐND – Wednesday, June 02, 2010, 21:32 (GMT+7)

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has asked the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL) to better perform its role in improving employees’ living conditions and protecting their legitimate rights.


At a working session with the VGCL Presidium in Hanoi on June 2, Mr Dung noted that the VGCL has worked closely with the government and local administrations in recent times to finalise labour laws and implement policies for workers.


He said that despite numerous difficulties, including the global economic turmoil, natural disasters and epidemics, Vietnam has achieved a high economic growth rate, maintained the macro economic stability, reined in runaway inflation and ensured social welfare. He partly attributed the achievements to significant contributions made by Trade Union organisations and workers. 


He acknowledged Trade Union organisations’ efforts to liase with grassroots-level administrations and socio-political organisations in carrying out diverse activities to improve workers’ living conditions.


VGCL representatives proposed that the VGCL receive more funds to generate jobs for laid-off workers, and develop housing for workers at industrial parks and low-income earners in urban areas. They also asked the government to amend the list of careers and policies for employees working in hazardous areas to better protect employees’ interests.


In response, Mr Dung said he will ask relevant ministries and agencies to study and offer incentives on housing, including the creation of a land fund for businesses to build houses for workers. He also requested the designated agencies and the VGCL to develop a model under which the capital support fund will disburse loans to help poor workers train and generate jobs themselves.


The PM asked Trade Union organisations to deal properly with labour disputes and strikes and increase investment in vocational training.


“The quality of vocational training should be improved to keep pace with socio-economic development,” said Mr Dung.


VGCL President Dang Ngoc Tung said over the past years Trade Union organisations have played an important role in dealing with labour disputes and strikes, as well as helping stabilise labour relations and production at grassroots level. As a result, the number of labour disputes in 2009 fell significantly compared to 2008.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Vietnam Reproduction Rights organisation set up

In Uncategorized on May 25, 2010 at 5:26 pm

ASEAN commission on women’s rights to debut

In Uncategorized on April 7, 2010 at 8:00 am

A committee tasked with protecting women and children will make its official debut in Hanoi within the framework of the third conference of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Council (ASCC) slated for April 7.

5 -grade pupils study Vietnamese language at Nguyen Van Troi junior school in district 4, Ho Chi Minh City (Photo: Mai hai)

At a press conference in Hanoi on April 5, Deputy Minister of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Trong Dam, who is also Head of the Vietnamese delegation to the ASCC, said that the establishment of the Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children is one of Vietnam’s initiatives as ASCC chair in 2010.


At the conference, Vietnam and member countries of the council will propose priorities to develop social welfare for women and children who make up more than 50 percent of the ASEAN population, said Mr. Dam. They will discuss ways to cope with global challenges so as to enhance cooperation within the bloc in facing global and regional climate change and fully implementing agreements on natural disaster management and emergency response.


The conference will also discuss building human resources for economic recovery and development with the aim of reducing job loss, poverty and inequality due to the impact of economic crisis and enhancing the capability and the competitiveness of ASEAN nations’ human resources so as to adapt to labour immigration in the region and technological advances.


It will focus on assessing the implementation of the ASCC master scheme that was approved at the 14th ASEAN conference, which took place in Thailand last year.


The master scheme includes the development of individual human potential, social welfare and protection, social justice, ensuring sustainable protection of the environment and building the ASEAN character.

Source: SGGP

ASEAN commission on women’s rights to debut

In Uncategorized on April 7, 2010 at 7:58 am

A committee tasked with protecting women and children will make its official debut in Hanoi within the framework of the third conference of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Council (ASCC) slated for April 7.

5 -grade pupils study Vietnamese language at Nguyen Van Troi junior school in district 4, Ho Chi Minh City (Photo: Mai hai)

At a press conference in Hanoi on April 5, Deputy Minister of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Trong Dam, who is also Head of the Vietnamese delegation to the ASCC, said that the establishment of the Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children is one of Vietnam’s initiatives as ASCC chair in 2010.


At the conference, Vietnam and member countries of the council will propose priorities to develop social welfare for women and children who make up more than 50 percent of the ASEAN population, said Mr. Dam. They will discuss ways to cope with global challenges so as to enhance cooperation within the bloc in facing global and regional climate change and fully implementing agreements on natural disaster management and emergency response.


The conference will also discuss building human resources for economic recovery and development with the aim of reducing job loss, poverty and inequality due to the impact of economic crisis and enhancing the capability and the competitiveness of ASEAN nations’ human resources so as to adapt to labour immigration in the region and technological advances.


It will focus on assessing the implementation of the ASCC master scheme that was approved at the 14th ASEAN conference, which took place in Thailand last year.


The master scheme includes the development of individual human potential, social welfare and protection, social justice, ensuring sustainable protection of the environment and building the ASEAN character.

Source: SGGP