Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights concludes consideration of report of Viet Nam
11 November 2014
The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights today concluded its consideration of the combined fourth to sixth periodic report of Viet Nam on how that country implements the provisions of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
Nguyen Chi Dung, Vice-Minister, Ministry of Planning and Investment of Viet Nam, presenting the report, said that the Vietnamese Government always considered people the goal, heart and engine of development and therefore remained committed to the goal of sustainable economic development in conjunction with social security and environmental protection. In 2013, the National Assembly had adopted a new constitution, marking meaningful progress toward better assurance of human rights as well as the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of citizens. Many important laws had been promulgated and amended, including those related to economic, social and cultural rights.
Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights opens fifty-third session
10 November 2014
Hears from Stakeholders on Situation in Viet Nam
The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights this morning opened its fifty-third session at the Palais Wilson in Geneva, hearing statements by Simon Walker, Chief of the Civil, Political, Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Section, Human Rights Treaties Division of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and Zdzislaw Kedzia, the Committee Chairperson. The Committee also adopted its agenda and heard from stakeholders on the situation in Viet Nam, whose report will be considered this afternoon.
In his opening statement, Mr. Walker said that High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein had indicated that he would give utmost importance to recommendations and decisions of the treaty bodies and take the necessary action to ensure that greater priority was given to their implementation. On behalf of the Office, Mr. Walker highlighted the issue of reprisals. Regarding the post-2015 Development Agenda, the Open Working Group had adopted its outcome document in July 2014, reflecting some key dimensions of human rights, including economic, social and cultural rights as well as the promotion of equality and a strengthened focus on people who were marginalized. The Committee was encouraged to continue paying attention to the enjoyment of the economic, social and cultural rights of indigenous peoples in its work.
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