Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Human rights discussed in U.S.-Vietnam dialogue

A "frank discussion" on human rights and democracy took place in Washington, D.C. April 24, during the 12th human rights dialogue between the two countries, reports Hanoi's Vietnam News Agency. Pham Binh Minh, Assistant to the Vietnamese Foreign Minister and B. F. Lowenkron, US Assistant Secretary of State were the principal discussants.

VNA says Minh discussed Vietnam's achievements in various fields, urged improved bilateral ties, and "also raised his concerns regarding the US’s protection and promotion of rights and freedom, especially the torture and maltreatment of prisoners, and the racial discrimination and discrimination of minority groups and immigrants. "

VNA did not report Lowenkron's comments, but an earlier report said the U.S. is expected to raise the human rights issue during the visit of Vietnam President Nguyen Minh Triet to Washington later this year.

Sources: VNA April 27; Radio Australia April 11.


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