Viet Nam undergoes second Universal Periodic Review

Feb 24, 2014

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On the 5th of February 2014, Viet Nam, represented by a 23-member delegation headed by Mr. Ha Kim Ngoc, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, went through the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) for the second time. In its first UPR in May 2009, Viet Nam received 123 recommendations from 60 countries, out of which 96 were accepted.  In this year’s review 106 delegations made statements and 227 recommendations were provided during the interactive dialogue in Geneva. The recommendations will be examined by Viet Nam which will provide its responses at the latest during the 26th session of the Human Rights Council in June 2014.

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process which involves a periodic review of the human rights records of all 193 UN Member States. The UPR is a significant innovation of the Human Rights Council which is based on equal treatment for all countries. It provides an opportunity for all States to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to overcome challenges to the enjoyment of human rights. The UPR also includes a sharing of best human rights practices around the globe. Currently, no other mechanism of this kind exists.

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All documents related to the UPR session for Viet Nam can be found at the website of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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