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UNO : Written statement on Vietnam submitted by the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) (61st session, UN Commission on Human Rights)

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Vietnam : Arbitrary Practices and Repression under cover of the Law

The International Federation of Human Rights Leagues (FIDH) and its affiliate, the Vietnam Committee on Human Rights (Vietnam Committee) are concerned by the numerous obstacles, both institutional and legal, to the adequate protection of fundamental rights in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

The organizations’ concern is all the more pressing since Vietnam is embarking on a 10-year legal reform programme (the Legal System Development Strategy), financed by international donors and Western governments, which is ostensibly aimed to help build the rule of law. The fact that Vietnam persists in maintaining these instruments of repression and continues to adopt new restrictive legislation, despite the recommendations of United Nations human rights mechanisms, is incompatible with the establishment of the rule of law…

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