Obama urges Vietnam to improve human

Obama urges Vietnam to improve human rights to guarantee progress

Hanoi, May 24 (IANS) US President Barack Obama on Tuesday urged Vietnam to improve its human rights record to guarantee sustainable economic progress and greater political stability for its future.

“From my point of view, nations are most successful when human rights are respected,” Obama said in a speech at the National Convention Centre in Hanoi.

“Upholding these rights is not a threat to stability but actually reinforces stability and is the foundation of progress. Vietnam will do it differently than the US … But there are these basic principles that I think we all have to try to work on and improve,” he said.

Obama acknowledged that the US and Vietnam had differences, but avoided any direct mention of Vietnam’s poor human rights record and limited himself to making a generic defence of the importance of freedom of expression, association, religion and the need for a democratic system, Efe news reported.

Ahead of his speech, the US president also met a dozen activists — the meeting lacked the attendance of some dissidents arrested on Monday by the Vietnamese regime, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW).

Obama is travelling on Tuesday afternoon to Ho Chi Minh city, where he is scheduled to meet businessmen and inaugurate an American university before flying to Japan to participate in the G7 Summit.

Leave a Reply

Please enter your comment!

The opinions, views, and thoughts expressed by the readers and those providing comments are theirs alone and do not reflect the opinions of www.mangalorean.com or any employee thereof. www.mangalorean.com is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the readers. Responsibility for the content of comments belongs to the commenter alone.  

We request the readers to refrain from posting defamatory, inflammatory comments and not indulge in personal attacks. However, it is obligatory on the part of www.mangalorean.com to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments to the concerned authorities upon their request.

Hence we request all our readers to help us to delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by informing us at  info@mangalorean.com. Lets work together to keep the comments clean and worthful, thereby make a difference in the community.

Please enter your name here