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U.S. human rights reports fail to reflect reality in Vietnam

Spokeswoman of the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Le Thi Thu Hang has said that although the 2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices of the U.S. Department of State recognized Vietnam’s achievements in protecting human rights, it does not reflect correctly the actual situation in the country, reports the Vietnam News Agency.

The spokeswoman was speaking on May 4 in response to reporters’ question about Vietnam’s reaction to the 2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices of the U.S. Department of State.

Hang underlined Vietnam’s consistent policy of ensuring and promoting human rights in conformity with international treaties on human rights to which Vietnam is a signatory. The country’s efforts and achievements in this field have been recognized by the international community, she added.

Like with other countries, Vietnam is ready to discuss with the U.S. within the existing frameworks on issues of mutual concern in the frank and open manner, she said. “Vietnam considers this an effective method to enhance mutual understanding and solve the issues over which the two sides still have differences.”

Europe Days opened in Hanoi

Hanoi City residents and visitors can take a close look at European cultures during the Europe Days 2018 program which was opened in the capital on May 4, reports the Vietnam News Agency.

The event, jointly held by the Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Vietnam, embassies of EU member states and European cultural centers, features a variety of activities that demonstrate the diversity of European culture from art and cuisine to lifestyle.

At the opening ceremony, Hanoi City chairman Nguyen Duc Chung said the event will bring a vibrant cultural space for local people and visitors at the weekends, and that the city will need similar events to bolster cultural exchanges and promote connectivity between the Hanoians people and the Europeans.

Ambassador Bruno Angelet, head of the EU Delegation to Vietnam, said European Days 2018 taking place in the heart of Hanoi will make European cultures more familiar to the Vietnamese.

Humanitarian Month launched in HCMC

The HCMC Red Cross Society launched a Humanitarian Month program in the city on May 5 to call for kind and sympathetic people to give to charities, according to the Vietnam News Agency.

As part of activities to mark the Red Cross and Red Crescent Day (May 8), the month-long campaign lasts until May 31.

Asian Physics Olympiad kicked off in Hanoi

The 19th Asian Physics Olympiad (APhO) got started at Hanoi’s University of Science and Technology on May 6, with 188 contestants from 25 countries and territories attending.

APhO, held annually since 2000, is a premier physics competition for pre-university students aged below 20 from Asian countries.

Vietnam has eight contestants at the 19th APhO, which is taking place from May 6-13.

Vietnam joins naval exercise in Indonesia

A Vietnam Navy hospital shipis taking part in the 2018 iteration of Indonesia’s biennial multilateral naval exercise Komodotogether with 50 other vessels from 36 nations, the Vietnam News Agency reports.

The exercise which lasts until this Wednesday on Indonesia’s Lombok Island and nearby waters is aimed at strengthening friendship, building trust and enhancing coordination among the navies of the participating nations in humanitarian relief and maritime security issues.

Vietnam exempts Emirates Airline from import tax

Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue has approved the Finance Ministry’s proposal to exempt Emirates Airline from tax on imported goods, the Government news website reports.

He asked the ministry to implement the proposal, and instructed the customs to oversee and strictly control the import and use of duty-free goods of the airline to ensure that they are used for right purposes in line with an aviation transport agreement between Vietnam and the United Arab Emirates.

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