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Viet Nam to ratify anti-torture treaty

Update: June, 07/2014 - 08:42
Ambassador Le Hoai Trung and UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon. — VNA/VNS Photo

HA NOI (VNS)  — Viet Nam plans to ratify the 1984 United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UNCAT).

This was announced yesterday by Major General Nguyen Ngoc Anh, director general of the Public Security Ministry's legal department at an international workshop on the convention.

Last November, Viet Nam signed the convention now the Public Security Ministry is reviewing its compatibility with Viet Nam's laws.

"We expected to finalise (matters) by the end of this year - or later - depending on real situations to pave the way for ratification," Anh said.

He said the newly-revised Vietnamese Constitution that started taking effect this year included regulations against torture.

The country also had a road map to revise relevant laws including the Criminal Code 1999, the Law on Criminal Prosecution or develop a law on organisation of criminal investigations and a law on detention.

Anh said this would focus on training for law enforcement forces to improve their awareness of criminal prosecutions, including detention, investigation, prosecution and judgment.

He added that regulations covering compensation for victims of torture or cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment would be reviewed and improved.

Pratibha Mehta, United Nations Resident Co-ordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, said that ratifying and implementing a human rights convention required a well prepared and inclusive national effort.

"Specifically, the Convention against Torture will require a strong interaction between different institutions, including the Police, other public security agencies, the Supreme People's Procuracy, the Supreme People's Courts, and central and provincial government authorities," she said.

The workshop was co-organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations Development Programme.

The UN Convention Against Torture was adopted by the United Nations in 1984. It came into force in 1987 after being ratified by 20 states. Currently it has 81 signatories and 155 state parties. — VNS

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