Seminar on United Nations’ UPR for Human Rights

The Department of Foreign Affairs, under the Ministry of Public Security, held a seminar on March 21 regarding the United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on human rights.

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The seminar was led by Major General Nguyen Van Ky, Deputy Director of the Department of Foreign Affairs, and attended by more than 80 delegates from units in the Ministry of Public Security and localities.

Major General Nguyen Van Ky, Deputy Director of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Public Security, spoke at the seminar. (Photo: Thoi Dai)

At the seminar, leading experts and scholars on human rights delivered a brief introduction to the UPR mechanism. They analyzed the impact and influence of this mechanism on Vietnam and provided an overview of the process of developing and presenting the report at the United Nations Human Rights Council. The seminar was facilitated by Associate Professor, Dr. Nguyen Thi Thanh Hai, Deputy Director of the Institute of Human Rights; Master Nguyen Linh Kha, Deputy Director of the Department of International Cooperation, Ministry of Justice; and Master Nguyen Vu Minh, Deputy Director of the Department of International Organizations, Ministry of Justice.

UPR is one of the most important mechanisms of the United Nations Human Rights Council. Its task is to review the human rights situation in all United Nations member countries. This mechanism encourages countries to fully implement their obligations and commitments on human rights with the principles of dialogue, cooperation, equality, objectivity, and transparency.

In that spirit, Vietnam has actively participated in UPR cycles over the past 18 years since the UPR mechanism was first established. Vietnam has also fully implemented the accepted recommendations.

Seminar on the United Nations Universal Periodic Review mechanism on human rights. (Photo: Thoi Dai)

Recognizing the significance of the UPR mechanism, the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security attaches great importance to the recommendation implementation process. The Ministry aims to fulfill its responsibilities and obligations in state management in the fields of national security and social order and safety. It also aims to strengthen international cooperation in the fields of democracy and human rights.

Additionally, this seminar provides an opportunity for agencies and units in the Ministry of Public Security and localities to comprehensively review policies and laws. They can also assess the practical process of ensuring human rights in the work of public security. Through this review, they can identify experiences, loopholes, and shortcomings in the state’s policy and legal system, as well as inadequacies in practice that may affect the enjoyment of human rights by citizens. Based on these findings, it is expected that amendments and supplements will be proposed to improve the legal system on human rights.

– Tracy Dao