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The Concept of Human Security in Vietnam

  • Lan Dung Pham
  • Ngoc Lan Nguyen
  • Bich Thao Bui
  • Thi Trang Ngo
  • Thu Giang Nguyen
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Part of the Security, Development and Human Rights in East Asia book series (SDHRP)

Abstract

This chapter reviews the law and policies relating to human security in Vietnam and demonstrates that the seven elements of human security listed in the Human Development Report 1994 can be implicitly found in the Vietnamese legislation. In responding to the question of how to address human security issues, most interviewees indicated that the government should take the lead in protecting people against threats to human security. Although not familiar with the idea of human security, the interviewees were generally able to quickly link the three freedoms, as well as various threats to human security, to specific examples from their own lives. In Vietnam, human security is “a jigsaw puzzle, in which the pieces are identified and well grasped, but have not been put together.”

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Interviews

  1. Academic Source #1. 2014. Vietnam National University. Interviewed by author in Hanoi, April 25Google Scholar
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lan Dung Pham
    • 1
  • Ngoc Lan Nguyen
    • 2
  • Bich Thao Bui
    • 3
  • Thi Trang Ngo
    • 4
  • Thu Giang Nguyen
    • 5
  1. 1.Foreign Service Training CenterDiplomatic Academy of VietnamHanoiVietnam
  2. 2.School of LawUtrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands
  3. 3.The Ministry OfficeMinistry of Foreign AffairsHanoiVietnam
  4. 4.Faculty of International LawDiplomatic Academy of VietnamHanoiVietnam
  5. 5.National Boundary CommissionMinistry of Foreign AffairsHanoiVietnam

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