Viet Nam

Guterres hails late Viet Nam President as ‘Friend of the United Nations’

On behalf of United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, his spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric, issued a statement on Friday, expressing the UN chief’s sadness over the passing of Viet Nam President Tran Dai Quang.

UN human rights experts urge Viet Nam not to stifle dissenting voices

United Nations experts have urged Viet Nam not to crackdown on civil society or stifle dissent, after the authorities jailed several human rights defenders for “conducting activities to overthrow the people’s government” – a charge that carries the possibility of the death sentence or life imprisonment.

Viet Nam: Children at risk of malnutrition in aftermath of Typhoon Damrey, reports UNICEF

More than a week after Typhoon Damrey battered south-central Viet Nam, assessments by United Nations aid agencies have revealed that vulnerable populations – including children, and pregnant and nursing mothers – in poor and remote areas are still underserved by relief efforts.

News in Brief 28 July 2017 (AM) - Geneva

Syria reaches "low point" on aid deliveries: OCHA

Humanitarian deliveries to the most vulnerable communities in Syria are at a “low point”, the UN said on Friday.

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Human rights defenders in Viet Nam should 'never be treated as criminals,' says UN rights office

The United Nations rights office expressed concern today over the intensifying crackdown in Viet Nam against human rights defenders who have questioned or criticized the Government and its policies.

Viet Nam: UN experts urge Government to release blogger ‘Mother Mushroom’

A group of UN human rights experts has urged the Government of Viet Nam to immediately release a popular blogger, known as Mother Mushroom, who has been detained since October last year.

Most of us are migrants, says UN Geneva chief Michael Møller

Hate speech and political point-scoring at the expense of migrants and refugees mask the huge benefits they bring, UN Geneva chief Michael Møller said Friday.

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Greater local-level autonomy in Viet Nam would be ‘litmus test’ for religious freedom – UN expert

During his recent visit to Viet Nam, the United Nations independent expert on religious freedom, Heiner Bielefeldt, stressed the need for religious communities in the country to be able to operate also outside of the officially established channels for religious practice.

Climate change forces Viet Nam farmers to give up growing rice

Farmers in Viet Nam's Mekong Delta say they may not be able to grow rice in the future because of rising sea levels caused by climate change.

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Southeast Asian countries benefit from Mekong River

The Mekong River is an important resource for millions of people in Asia as it runs through China, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.

This poses a challenge for the countries to ensure that all the people in the region benefit from its rich and diverse ecosystems.

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