On June 30, 2016, the Human Rights Council has voted through resolution 32/2, which establishes an Independent Expert to promote solutions to issues of violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Vietnam is one of the countries voting "yes" for this resolution.


“Mr. Nguyen Vu Minh, Vietnam Delegation in Geneva expressed his support and voted in favor of resolution 32/2 on 30.06.2016”
“Mr. Nguyen Vu Minh, Vietnam Delegation in Geneva expressed his support and voted in favor of resolution 32/2 on 30.06.2016”

However, the efforts of Vietnam and other countries in the Human Rights Council are being challenged by a draft resolution of The African Group proposal to delay the review and implementation of Resolution 32/2. If this draft resolution received enough votes in favor, this means a step backward in resolving the issue of violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity at the United Nations.

Signing online petitions calling on UN members to protect LGBT resolutions here: https://www.change.org/p/united-nations-third-committee-safeguard-hrc-resolution-32-2- and-sogie-independent-expert-s-mandate

Below is the full text of calling letter from iSEE, ICS and Vietnam PFLAG to Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga, Head of the Permanent Mission of Vietnam in the UN headquarters in New York.

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To: Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga, head of Vietnam Permanent Mission to the UN
Cc: Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Socialist Vietnam at the United Nations;
Department of International Organizations and Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Her Excellency Ambassador,

We include Center ICS - organized to promote and protect the rights of gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) in Vietnam, the parents and relatives of LGBT people - PFLAG Vietnam, and The Institute for Studies of Society, Economy and Environment - iSEE Institute. We write this letter sent to you on the presentation of a problem we are extremely concern and need urgent support.

First, we again sincerely thank the Permanent Mission of Vietnam in Geneva because of your vote in favor of Resolution 32/2 adopted at the Human Rights Council on June 30, 2016, which establishes an Independent Expert to solve the task of promoting solutions to violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
However, the efforts of Vietnam and other countries in the Human Rights Council are being challenged by a draft resolution of The African Group proposal to delay the review and implementation of Resolution 32/2. If this draft resolution received enough votes in favor, this means a step backward in resolving the issue of violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity at the United Nations.

Her Excellency Ambassador,

In many parts of the world and in Vietnam, LGBT people still face state discrimination and violence just because of who they are or whom they love. In recent years, through the terms of Human Rights Council members, Vietnam has always expressed consistent support for issues relating to the equal rights of LGBT persons.

With the belief that you, as Ambassador of Vietnam, and Permanent Mission in UN also share the same opinion, we yearn and urged Vietnam Delegation:
- To not vote for the resolutions of The African Group on October 8 2016 in upcoming session of the General Assembly of United Nations.
- To campaign and call for retaining the spirit of resolution 32/2 that the Human Rights Council was adopted on 6/30/2016, respect for authority and the mandate of the Human Rights Council as noted in 60/251 and 65/281 resolution.

Thank you very much.
Center Director ICS, Tran Khac Tung
President of PFLAG Vietnam, Dinh Thi Yen Ly
ISEE director, Luong Minh Ngoc