Ambassador Duong Chi Dung, Head of the Vietnamese Permanent Delegation to the UN in Geneva, attends the 40th meeting of the UN Human Rights Council in March, 2019. (Photo: VNA) The world will celebrate the 71st anniversary of the UN General Assembly’s adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10. The Declaration presented the international community’s common values of human rights and laid a foundation for other human rights covenants, including the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Covenant on Economical, Social, and Cultural Rights, and covenants on the rights of children, women, and persons with disabilities. Since the war, Vietnam has made every effort to build a socialist state governed by law, a state of the people, by the people, and for the people, and improve its laws on human rights. Effort to promote human rights of all people Vietnam’s 2013 Constitution has a chapter on Human Rights and Rights and … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s contributions to global human rights
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The Ministry of Planning and Investment has taken responsibility at a press conference on October 2 for nine Vietnamese people who absconded while on an official delegation to South Korea. Nguyen Duc Trung, deputy head of the Ministry of Planning and Investment Nguyen Duc Trung, deputy head of the Ministry of Planning and Investment said, "Many agencies were assigned to prepare for the trip, including us. We co-operated with related parties and the police to review the enterprises and the members of the delegation." Trung went on to say that it is the first time such an incident happened and they were aware of the severity. They were also shocked by the incident and didn't have any indication about the motives of those involved. "We'll take responsibility. We have reviewed the delegation member selection procedures and tighten regulations," he said. "If any officials made mistakes in this case, we'll punish them based on the legal situation." When being asked why the names of … [Read more...] about Ministry takes responsibilty for missing members of NA official visit to South Korea
The third deputy health minister has been selected by the Vietnamese government, while the seat of the ministry’s head remains unoccupied following the retirememt of former Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien last month. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has signed a decision to appoint Do Xuan Tuyen as Deputy Minister of Health. Tuyen, 53, was deputy secretary of the Party Committee and chairman of the People’s Council in the northern province of Hung Yen before assuming the new post. He graduated from Military Medical University and was previously director of the medicine center of Hung Yen, the capital city of the namesake province. Prior to Tuyen’s appointment, the Ministry of Health had two deputy ministers, Truong Quoc Cuong and Nguyen Truong Son. Multiple departments under the health ministry still lack a leader. On November 22, members of the lawmaking National Assembly cast their ballots to relieve Nguyen Thi Kim Tien of her position as health minister, … [Read more...] about Vietnam PM appoints new deputy health minister, as minister seat remains vacant
As of the end of 2018, Vietnam had 19 wholly state-owned enterprises or enterprises wherein the state held at least a 50 percent stake investing in 114 projects abroad, according to the report which was submitted to the National Assembly this week. Most of the projects are in the fields of telecommunications, oil and gas exploration and exploitation, rubber plantation, mining, banking and finance. Of the 114 projects, 84 were profitable, with a combined profit of $187 million, a 24 percent decrease compared to 2017. The remaining projects however reported significantly losses of $367 million, a 265 percent increase against 2017. Most of the losses came from investments made by military-owned telecom giant Viettel and the Vietnam Rubber Group (VRG), which accounted for losses of $349 million and $7.7 million respectively. In its report, the government said that over 60 percent of investments in the fields of telecommunications, petroleum businesses and services, construction and … [Read more...] about Overseas investments by Vietnam SOEs suffer increasing losses
Some defendants in the exam cheating scandal said that VND1 billion was paid for each ‘exam score fabrication’. Tuoi Tre newspaper reported that Tran Xuan Yen, former deputy director of Son La Education and Training Department, said a defendant in the exam score scandal in the province declared that it was the department director who gave him information about eight examinees and told him to get the exam papers of the students to manipulate scores. Tran Xuan Yen (white shirt) is arrested Regarding the ‘cost’ of score fabrication, Yen said one had to pay VND1 billion to raise the total exam score of three exam subjects to the wanted levels. Yen was ‘in charge’ of 13 students, Nguyen Thi Hong Nga,16, while Dang Huu Thuy, vice rector of To Hieu High School in Son La City, was responsible for four examinees and Lo Van Huynh, head of the quality assurance division, for 7. Tran Xuan Yen, former deputy director of Son La Education and Training … [Read more...] about Exam cheating scandal: how much did one score adjustment cost?