Vietnam, EU hold meeting of the sub-committee on Good Governance, Rule of Law, and Human Rights

The first meeting of the sub-committee on Good Governance, Rule of Law, and Human Rights, within the framework of Vietnam – EU Joint Committee, established under the Comprehensive Partnership and Cooperation Framework Agreement between Vietnam and the European Union (PCA), is taking place on November 6 in Hanoi.

The Subcommittee aims at elaborating cooperation on Rule of Law, good governance and exchange information on human rights cooperation.  

The meeting addresses issues including gender equality, human trafficking, disaster preparedness, judicial reform, ILO conventions, implementation of Universal Periodic Review (UPR) recommendations of the Human Rights Council, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political rights (ICCPR), as well as cybersecurity.

Vice Minister of Justice Nguyen Khanh Ngoc and Giorgio Aliberti, European Union (EU) Ambassador to Vietnam, delivered speeches at the opening session. Ngoc expressed hope that contents of mutual interest and areas of further cooperation would be exchanged and discussed to facilitate the implementation of commitments within the PCA. The European Union Ambassador recalled that investing in good governance, rule of law, human rights, sustainable development and in the fight against climate change was an essential part of EU’s foreign policy.

The meeting was then co-chaired by Nguyen Huu Huyen, Director General of the International Cooperation Department and Ambassador Aliberti. Vietnamese participants included representatives from the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Public Security,  Ministry of Labor - War Invalids and Social Affairs. On the EU side, there were representatives of EU Member-States.

Issues discussed at the meeting ranged from cooperation to promote gender equality, migration, including cooperation in trafficking in persons; cooperation in disaster prevention; implementation of Universal Periodic Review (UPR) recommendations of the Human Rights Council, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political rights (ICCPR).

Both sides also discussed Vietnam's achievements in implementing the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT); updated information on legal and judicial reforms in Vietnam, and on the implementation of the "EU Justice and Legal Empowerment Program in Vietnam" (EU JULE) and ratification of ILO’s conventions and discussed future cooperation.

The results of the meeting will be reported at the second session of the EU-Vietnam Joint Committee scheduled to be held in December.

Tu Pham