Hang made the statement at the ministry’s regular press conference in Hanoi on April 5, in response to reporters’ queries regarding some human rights organisations voicing their condemnation of the trial on April 5, 2018 for six defendants accused of “trying to overthrow the people’s administration”.

She said Vietnam rejected the inaccurate and subjective information provided by these organisations, affirming that “in Vietnam, there are neither so-called “prisoners of conscience” nor arrests of people who have freely expressed their own opinions.”

Like in other countries worldwide, in Vietnam, all violations of law will be strictly handled in line with legal regulations, the spokesperson said.

Hang emphasised that Vietnam’s efforts and achievements in ensuring and promoting human rights over the past years have been widely acknowledged by the international community.

Vietnam News Agency - April 5, 2018