Heiner Beilefeldt, UNHRCs Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion and belief, recognised Vietnams achievements in observing the freedoms, including the expansion of religious dignitaries, followers and worship facilities in recent years.
He acknowledged the cooperative and favourable conditions Vietnamese authorities have given him during his stay in Vietnam to study and develop a report on the countrys progress in the field.
Beilefeldt suggested that Vietnam continue refining legal regulations on religions and belief while clarifying allegations related to the freedoms .
He also expressed his willingness to continue coordinating with Vietnam as a special rapporteur.
Responding to Beilefeldts report, Vietnamese representatives highlighted the reality of diverse religion and belief in Vietnam, rejecting the more subjective assessments and affirming Vietnams willingness to cooperate and talk to tle differences in issues of mutual concern.
Meanwhile, Farida Shaheed, Special Rapporteur on cultural rights, who visited Vietnam from November 18-29, 2013, recognised the countrys efforts in realising the Millennium Development Goals and improving economic, cultural and social rights, especially the increased access to education and culture for rural and mountainous area residents.
She also acknowledged improvements in legal frameworks and space for artist creation rights.
Representatives from Vietnam hailed Shaheeds positive reviews while expressing concern about a number of inaccurate and partial statements included in the report.
The representatives clarified legal frameworks and efforts by the nation to increase the exercise of their peoples rights to culture, including performance activities and new art forms.
Vietnam also declared its commitment to continue improving the legal system while affirming the willingness to continue working closely with UNHRC officials.-VNA