More efforts needed for judicial reform: Minister

Minister of Justice Ha Hung Cuong called for greater efforts to drive the legal and judicial reform in the future, stressing the necessity to rally all resources and political determination for the work.

Speaking at the 11th Legal Partnership Forum in Hanoi on December 8, the Minister highlighted the outcomes the country has made in reforming its legal and judicial system and ensuring human and civil rights. 

Vietnam has become a middle income country, with increasing position and prestige in the region and the world, he said.

The Minister expressed his belief that reports and experience shared at the forum will be valuable information, supporting Vietnam in outlining appropriate measures to effectively carry out its legal and judicial reform strategies and enforce strictly laws and codes recently ratified by the National Assembly. 

Pratibha Mehta, UN Resident Coordinator to Vietnam and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Vietnam, said the forum is a crucial channel informing new developments Vietnam has achieved in its legal and judicial reform. 

The forum focuses on the UN universal periodic review (UPR), which helps countries perform fully their duties and commitments related to human rights, as well as improve their capacity in enforcing human rights through consultancy, technical assistance and experience sharing, she stressed. 

During the forum, representatives from the Central Steering Committee for Judicial Reform reviewed the implementation of the Politburo’ Resolution on judicial reform strategy in 2005-2015. 

Meanwhile, participants from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs presented a master plan on implementing recommendations accepted by Vietnam under the UPR.

As part of a joint project between Vietnam and the UNDP on enhancing legal access and rights protection in the country, the forum was attended by representatives from the Party’s commissions, the Supreme People’s Court, the Ministry of Justice, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and those from Vietnam’s development partners and non-governmental organisations, who focused their discussions on priorities of Vietnam’s legal and judicial reform process. 

The event contributed to further promoting cooperation between Vietnam and international partners in the field.