To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Vietnamese Government on the need to respect fundamental freedoms and the freedom of religion.
24 April 2018
We discuss human rights on a regular basis with the Vietnamese government both bilaterally and through multilateral fora. At the UK-Vietnam Strategic Dialogue in January 2018, I expressed concern at the restrictions on civil and political rights in Vietnam, including freedom of expression and assembly, and stressed the need for the Vietnamese government to create space for civil society. The UK also raised concerns about worsening restrictions on freedom of expression in Vietnam at the 37th Human Rights Council in March.