Vietnam Rejects UNHCR's Unverified Information

May 17, 2016


HANOI - Vietnam's permanent representative to the United Nations (UN) Ambassador Nguyen Trung Thanh, rejected the inaccurate, biased and unverified information provided by the spokesperson of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR) on May 13, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.

Vietnam has respected and ensured people's fundamental rights and freedoms, including the right to freedom to gathering and the right to freedom of speech, in compliance with the country's 2013 Constitution and international standards on human rights, he affirmed on May 15, when dealing with reporters' queries relating to the note from the spokesperson of the Office of the UNHCR.

Nguyen noted international conventions, especially those on civil and political rights have prescribed that personal rights and freedoms must be exercised in line with laws and without affecting security, public order, moral standards, public health and rights and interests of others.

Based on that spirit, necessary measures that are employed by Vietnam to safeguard traffic order, security and safety for people, particularly among the elderly, women and children, are complying with the country's law and international standards, Nguyen stressed.

Actions that provoke violence and disturb social order, affecting people's lives need to be prevented within the framework of law and for the sake of the community, he noted.

Referring to the recent environmental incident in the central region, the Government, relevant localities and socio-political organisations have been working together to support affected residents.

Vietnam, with support from international experts and partners, is working as fast as possible to establish the causes of the incident and is providing regular updates on it on the mass media, Nguyen stressed.

Vietnam welcomes international cooperation, including the UN in dealing with the situation in a scientific, unbiased and constructive spirit, he said.

According to local media reports, spokesman of the UNHCR Office of the High Commissioner Rupert Colville said the UN rights body is "concerned about the increasing levels of violence perpetrated against Vietnamese protesters expressing their anger over the mysterious mass deaths of fish along the country's central coast."



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