A two-day consultation workshop on “Building and Implementing Ethnic Policies to Ensure the Rights of Ethnic Minorities – Sharing European and Vietnamese Experiences” opened in the Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh on April 16.
The main objective of the workshop was to provide a platform for consultations and exchange of views between participants regarding inputs and suggestions to the objectives of socio-economic development for ethnic and mountainous areas for 2016-2020.
It was also expected to improve the understanding and knowledge of human rights issues in Vietnam, with a focus on the rights of ethnic minorities.
Le Anh Tuan, deputy head of the Permanent Office of Vietnam National Committee of Human Rights presented an account of Vietnam’s recent human rights achievements, saying that the country has sufficient evidence featuring its responsibilities and obligations to international treaties to submit to the United Nations Human Rights Council.
Juan Zaratiegui Biurrun, Politic Advisor of the Delegation of the European Union to Vietnam emphasised that “European countries have a varied and rich number of ethnic communities. Geography, history, culture, and lately, migration, have defined different communities within the societies of Europe. This variety has undoubtedly enriched Europe’s culture”.
“In line with universal human rights standards, also subscribed by Vietnam, the EU and its member states are committed to respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of ethnic minorities”, he added.
The event was part of the EU – Vietnam Strategic Dialogue Facility for 2013-2016 funded by the EU which aims to support Vietnam’s development through the implementation of activities in areas covered by the EU – Vietnam Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) signed in 2012.
It was co-hosted by the Committee For Ethnic Minorities Affairs and the Delegation of the EU to Vietnam.