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UN says Vietnam making achievements in human rights commitments
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19:11, December 10, 2007

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The United Nations has praised Vietnam for its achievements in implementing human rights commitments, according to a press release from the UN Development Program (UNDP) in Vietnam on Monday

"Vietnam has made tremendous social and economic progress, and shown leadership by ratifying several key international human rights treaties," said UN Resident Coordinator John Hendra.

Vietnam was one of the first countries to ratify the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), and has also ratified other important international human rights instruments, the release said, adding that it has recently taken an important step in complying with the CEDAW by passing the Law on Domestic Violence.

In October, Vietnam signed the landmark UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities. Implementation of the treaty will help more than 5 million Vietnamese with disabilities participate more fully in society through more inclusive policies, better work opportunities, and protection from discrimination.

"The UN system stands ready to both assist Vietnam in meeting its international commitments and in its continued efforts to enable all Vietnamese people to enjoy their rights enshrined nearly 60 years ago in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights," said the release.

Source: Xinhua

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