Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

Algerian election: Bouteflika votes in wheelchair

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Algeria's media: a mixture of censorship and free speech

Read more

DEBATE

Algeria: What's the Choice? Incumbent Bouteflika Votes in Wheelchair

Read more

WEB NEWS

Nigerian web users call for end to violence

Read more

FOCUS

Bitcoin in the US: A monetary revolution?

Read more

ENCORE!

Fast cars and slow trains

Read more

WEB NEWS

Chile: online mobilization to help Valparaiso fire victims

Read more

FACE-OFF

François Hollande: France's most unpopular president

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Mansouria Mokhefi, Middle East and North Africa specialist

Read more

  • French troops free five aid workers kidnapped in Mali by Islamists

    Read more

  • In pictures: Iranian woman pardons son’s killer at the gallows

    Read more

  • Russia and West agree on steps to ease Ukraine crisis

    Read more

  • With a strong French presence, veterans and fresh faces, Cannes aims to please

    Read more

  • Low turnout in Algerian election tipped to return Bouteflika

    Read more

  • After cup defeat, Spanish pundits read last rites for Barcelona

    Read more

  • Frantic search for survivors of sunken South Korea ferry

    Read more

  • India heads to polls in single largest day of voting

    Read more

  • Ukraine talks open in Geneva as Putin talks tough on TV

    Read more

  • Pro-Russian separatists killed in attack on Black Sea base

    Read more

  • Man executed in Texas for 2002 triple murder

    Read more

  • Scandal-hit French doctor Jacques Servier dies at 92

    Read more

  • Belgian head of wildlife reserve shot in DR Congo

    Read more

  • Crunch talks on Ukraine begin in Geneva

    Read more

  • Stagehand of God? Maradona's legendary goal inspires a play

    Read more

  • US rolls out red carpet for French critic of capitalism

    Read more

  • N. Korea not amused by London hair salon's Kim Jong-un ad

    Read more

  • Real Madrid beat old foes Barcelona to lift Copa del Rey

    Read more

  • France's new PM targets welfare in drive to cut spending

    Read more

  • Campaigning against Bouteflika's re-election... in France

    Read more

  • Brazil club Mineiro cancel Anelka signing after no-show

    Read more

  • Syria 'torture' photos silence UN Security Council members

    Read more

  • Paris laboratory loses deadly SARS virus samples

    Read more

  • More than 100 schoolgirls kidnapped in northeast Nigeria

    Read more

  • New York police disband unit targeting Muslims

    Read more

Asia-pacific

Clinton criticises Vietnam on human rights record

©

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-07-22

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton criticised Vietnam on its human rights record Thursday, highlighting the country's handling of dissidents, religious groups and Internet freedom.

REUTERS - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed concern on Thursday over Vietnam's arrests of dissidents, attacks on religious groups and curbs on Internet freedom, but said the countries remained friends.

The United States and Communist-run Vietnam marked 15 years of diplomatic ties this month and Clinton said the two countries had "learned to see each other not as former enemies but as actual and potential partners, colleagues and friends".
 
The relationship has blossomed in recent years. Trade between the former enemies has risen in value more than eightfold under a trade pact that went into force in 2001. It totalled nearly $16 billion last year.
 
The United States was Vietnam's biggest source of new foreign investment last year.
 
"We have consistently moved in the direction of engagement and cooperation, even on those issues where we disagree," Clinton said during a two-day visit to Hanoi for the Asia-Pacific region's biggest security dialogue.
 
She said Vietnam was on the path to becoming "a great nation with unlimited potential".
 
"That is the reason we express concern about arrest and conviction of people for peaceful dissent, attacks on religious groups and curbs on Internet freedoms," she told reporters.
 
Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem rebutted by saying each country intepreted human rights differently according to its cultural background.
 
"President Obama said there is no perfect way and each country should select their own way depending on the circumstances of the nation, and the human rights values shouldn't be imposed from the outside," he told a news conference alongside Clinton.
 
Vietnam's one-party state has come under fire from rights groups and Western governments for arrests and detentions of advocates of greater political freedom or discussion of politically sensitive topics.
 
The government has also blocked certain websites, including Facebook, and has curbs on religious freedom.
 
Clinton said the United States supported Vietnam's participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a proposed trade pact spanning eight countries in the Pacific Ocean that Washington wants completed by November 2011.
 
She also pledged to work with Hanoi on a lingering source of friction -- the legacy of Agent Orange, a dioxin-laced defoliant sprayed by U.S. troops in the 1965-75 Vietnam War to destroy crops and jungle cover shielding guerrillas.
 
U.S. government-supported projects have started work on land where U.S. troops stored the defoliant, which critics have linked to cancers, birth defects and other ailments.

 

Date created : 2010-07-22

Comments

COMMENT(S)