Seminar prepares for review of Vietnam’s initial anti-torture report
Updated : Tuesday, October 16, 2018 9:26 AM (GMT+0700)

Aseminar on the preparations for the review of Vietnam’s initial report on theimplementation of the United Nations Convention Against Torture took place inHanoi on October 15-16. 

At the event - Source: baomoi

Speaking at the event,Director of the Ministry of Public Security’s Department of Legal,Administrative, and Judicial Reform Lieut. Gen. Nguyen Ngoc Anh said that asone of the nine core UN treaties, the convention was adopted on December 10,1984 and took effect on June 26, 1987. 

On November 28, 2014, the 13thNational Assembly’s eighth meeting adopted Resolution No.83/2014/QH13,approving the convention. It officially came into force in Vietnam on March 7,2015. 

After Vietnam became amember of the convention, the Prime Minister issued Decision No.364/QD-TTg onapproving a plan to realise the treaty. Based on the decision, the Ministry ofPublic Security worked closely with ministries, agencies, and localities tobuild an initial report on measures that Vietnam has taken to meet the treatyobligations. 

On April 28, 2017, thenational report was approved by the PM before being submitted to the UNCommittee Against Torture as regulated in the convention’s Article 19. 

United Nations DevelopmentProgramme Country Director in Vietnam Caitlin Wiesen said Vietnam has partakenin seven of the nine core UN human rights treaties. To date, 164 state partieshave joined this convention, with more nations looking to ratify it soon. 

She said the scope of theconvention goes beyond the issue of torture, seeking to prevent and prohibitthe cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment of all, adding that the internationalhuman rights treaty system comes with a unique monitoring system which involvesthe review of treaty implementation every few years by a committee ofindependent experts. 

According to Wiesen, thereporting process is an opportunity for Vietnam to identify areas where furtheractions are required to enforce those rights protected in the treaty.

Documents reviewingVietnam’s national report include a national report and 14 appendixes, a draftspeech by head of the Vietnamese inter-sectoral working delegation at thereporting session and a list of data and figures for the work. 

Following the seminar, areporting rehearsal was held with the participation of 45 members of theinter-sectoral working delegation, foreign experts, and staff of the UNDP inVietnam. 

They were updated on the UNCommittee Against Torture’s process of reviewing the national report,experience, and methods of report presentations.


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