The human rights situation in Vietnam in 2013 was marked with a number of notable events. First, Vietnam was elected to the UN Human Rights Council on November 12th. This selection was not a surprise because there were only four Asian countries vying for four empty seats. However, this was an opportunity Vietnam made use of, through the words of Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, “to let the world know the reality of respecting and guaranteeing human rights in political, economic, social, cultural, and civil issues in Viet Nam.”
Second, on November 7th, Vietnam joined the UN Convention against Torture. Nevertheless, the event that attracted most attention was the introduction of human rights concepts into the Constitution, which was amended in November of the same year.