During HRC general discussions, panel debates and interactive dialogues with the Special Procedures, during the past three years, either as an HRC member or not, the State has joined:
Regional or subregional
Overall, as a HRC member, has participated in more than 10% of panel discussions, general debates and interactive dialogues.
Longest outstanding country visit request >
SR on the right to freedom of opinion and expression, 2002
Received Sub-Committee visit
Vietnam tabled voluntary pledges and commitments in support for its candidacy for membership for the period 2014-2016 on 27 August 2013. It made a number of concrete pledges and commitments at both international and national levels.
At national level, Vietnam pledged to: improve its legal and judicial systems; strengthen its national institutional framework for human rights, including by establishing a NHRI; improve social security, particularly for vulnerable groups; promote human rights education and training; implement accepted UPR recommendations; strengthen grass-roots democracy; and complete ratification of CRPD / consider ratification of CAT.
Internationally, Vietnam committed to: participate in the work of the Council; cooperate with UN human rights mechanisms particularly Treaty Bodies and Special Procedures; accept requests for Special Procedures country visits; and support intergovernmental consultations on improving human rights Treaty Bodies.
An analysis of steps taken by Vietnam in fulfilment of its international level pledges shows that Vietnam has indeed ratified the CRPD and CAT (in 2015). Vietnam has not, however, participated much in Council debates and deliberations: speaking during only 6% of interactive dialogues and 13% of general debates. Regarding cooperation with Special Procedures, Vietnam has accepted 7 out of 16 visit requests and responded to (an impressive) 81% of the 26 communications received. Regarding cooperation with Treaty Bodies, Vietnam is Party to most of the core conventions but is late in submitting some periodic reports (e.g. its report under the ICCPR is 11 years overdue).