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Dialogue spotlights Penal Code changes

Update: October, 23/2014 - 09:25
UNDP Country Director Louise Chamberlain set out three major goals: reducing the number of crimes subject to the death penalty, implementing the terms of the Convention Against Torture and taking measures to ensure the Penal Code respected the human rights of all Vietnamese citizens. — Photo moj.gov.vn

HA NOI (VNS) — Officials and international experts discussed ways to amend the Penal Code in light of the 2013 Constitution at the second annual Legal Policy Dialogue yesterday.

Amendments must create a solid legal basis to combat crime, protect human and civil rights and ensure a safe and healthy social environment for all citizens, participants agreed.

The forum, which was co-organised by the Ministry of Justice and the United Nations Development Programme, also focused on the responsibility of legal entities in responding to recommendations from the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process relating to the protection of human rights within Viet Nam's criminal justice system.

Deputy Justice Minister Dinh Trung Tung said that amending the Criminal Code must be done "with respect of the full range of core human rights, fundamental rights and obligations of citizens which are recognised in the 2013 Constitution". Additionally, Tung said, any amendments must adhere to the international conventions to which Viet Nam belonged.

UNDP Country Director Louise Chamberlain set out three major goals: reducing the number of crimes subject to the death penalty, implementing the terms of the Convention Against Torture and taking measures to ensure the Penal Code respected the human rights of all Vietnamese citizens.

"Progress in these areas, coupled with efforts to strengthen key institutions, will go a long way toward protecting the safety and security of the Vietnamese people and promoting the stability of a society governed by the rule of law," she said.

The dialogue was also attended by representatives of the Steering Committee for Judicial Reform, the Central Committee of Internal Affairs, the Office of the National Assembly and People's Courts and People's Procuracies of several provinces. — VNS


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