Vietnam government publishes human rights magazine

Publication aims to counter accusations of abuses.

The government of Vietnam on Wednesday announced the issue of its first human rights magazine to popularise its laws and policies on the subject, and to "fight erroneous and hostile allegations".

The head of Vietnam's Government Steering Committee on Human Rights, Pham Gia Khiem, said the publication will provide information to people on the plots of "hostile forces", who use democracy and human rights issues to "distort" and interfere in the country's development.

He praised the country's major achievements over the past 25 years, following reforms toward better human rights.

Speaking at the magazine's inaugural ceremony, Khiem said the ruling Communist Party and the state see people's rights as a key to Vietnam's sustainable development.

The one-party run state has often been accused, especially by the US, of suppressing political dissent and religious freedom.
Its treatment of ethnic minority hill tribes, known as Montagnards, has also been criticised by human rights groups.