Geneva: Vietnam has during the 1993 Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action (VDPA) on the protection of human rights affirmed that the LGBT groups deserve full support and respect of their legitimate desires for equal engagement and integration with the community.
In a speech delivered at the March 24 discussions on the VDPA, part of the ongoing 25 th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, a Vietnamese spokesman called on countries to better ensure people’s full enjoyment of their rights and freedoms and lauded the efforts of the international community in implementing the 1993 VDPA on the protection of human rights, reports en.vietnamplus.vn.
Human rights are universal, indivisible, interdependent, and interrelated, the representative reiterated, stating that in Vietnam, all citizens are equal and the government spares no effort to observe and promote the rights of citizens regardless their ethnicity, sexuality, religion, belief or gender.
Vietnam affirmed that the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) group deserves full support and respect of their legitimate desires for equal engagement and integration with the community.
The representative also called on the international community to continue open, proactive and constructive dialogues to prevent discrimination against the group, while strengthening regional and international coordination to protect their rights in association with the unique traditional values, culture, history and religions of each country.
Adopted by the consensus at the World Conference on Human Rights on June 25, 1993 in Vienna, Australia, the VDPA reaffirms human rights as universal.
Although both male and female same-sex sexual activity is legal and is believed to never have been criminalized in Vietnamese history, society is still heavily prejudiced against the LGBT.
Vietnamese lawmakers say the country is being progressive with gay marriage as it has scrapped fines against same-sex marriage but the proposed Family and Marriage Law has not officially recognized same sex marriage.