Vietnam calls on US to make objective assessment of situation of religion and belief

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Pham Thu Hang. (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam calls on the United States to make objective assessments based on accurate and comprehensive sources of information on the current situation in the country and promptly remove Hanoi from the special monitoring list for religious freedom, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Pham Thu Hang said on Monday.

During a regular press conference of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thu Hang answered a reporter’s question about Vietnam’s reaction to the US State Department’s 2023 Report on the Status of International Religious Freedom.

The spokesperson said that although the report has acknowledged some of Vietnam’s progress in protecting and promoting freedom of religion and belief, it also gave unobjective assessments based on unverified and inaccurate information about the actual situation in the Indochinese nation.

He stressed that as a multi-ethnic and multi-religious nation, Vietnam always consistently implements a policy of respecting and guaranteeing freedom of belief, religion and the right not to be discriminated against on the basis of religion or belief, and the activities of religious organizations are guaranteed in accordance with the provisions of the law.

These rights have been clearly established in the 2013 Constitution of Vietnam, as well as in the 2016 Law on Belief and Religion and related legal documents, and their respect in practice is guaranteed, he reiterated.

According to Thu Hang, Vietnam is willing to discuss issues of mutual interest with the US side in a spirit of frankness, openness and mutual respect on issues of difference, thus contributing to promoting the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries.

At the press conference, the spokesperson also responded to Vietnam’s reaction to the US State Department’s Global Situation Report on Trafficking in Persons 2024. She said Vietnam welcomes objective assessments on positive results in preventing and combating this scourge.

In recent years, he stressed, Vietnam has promoted the prevention and fight against human trafficking in accordance with the key solutions and tasks of the Programme on Human Trafficking for the period 2021-2025, with a focus on 2030. In particular, the 2011 Law on Prevention and Fight against Human Trafficking has been amended and the investigation, prosecution and resolution of related cases has been strengthened.

Recently, he said, we have identified and supported victims of human trafficking and promptly responded to new challenges of human trafficking in the region, he said. He added that Vietnam is making efforts to implement the objectives of the Global Compact for Safe and Orderly Migration according to the plan issued by the Prime Minister on March 20, 2020, in order to strengthen a transparent migration environment, protect the legitimate rights and interests of migrants and prevent the risk of human trafficking in international migration activities.

In this spirit, he expressed the hope that Vietnam and the US will continue to cooperate closely, increase exchanges and dialogues to comprehensively and positively assess Vietnam’s efforts and achievements in preventing and combating human trafficking, in line with the spirit of the bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership./.

 
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