Vietnam has been very successful in ensuring human rights for ethnic minority people, said a senior expert from the European Centre in Vietnam.
Ewa Chylinski made the remark at a workshop on human rights for ethnic minorities in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong on Mar. 7-8.
She said that Vietnam has helped ethnic minority people to build their own houses in a resettlement programme that other nations could and should adopt. Chylinski was one of 50 specialists from the European Delegation to Vietnam , the Foreign Ministry, the Ministry of Public Security and the Central Highland provinces of Lam Dong, Gia Lai, Kon Tum, Dac Lac and southern Binh Phuoc province to attend the workshop.
They discussed of laws and policies on ethnic minorities and the rights of ethnic minorities in Vietnam , including the right to benefit from social welfare policies, political rights and property ownership rights.
They proposed a number of measures to step up the protection of human rights for ethnic minorities. The topics covered included land policies, protecting local cultures, education, vocational and personnel training and continued reform of the legal system for ethnic minorities.
They agreed that the government needs to boost investment and better utilise potential of each ethnic minority group to help them escape from poverty and develop local economies.