Netherlands helps train Vietnam to tackle torture

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in collaboration with Clingendael Academy of the Netherlands opened a training course for Vietnamese officials on the implementation of the UN Convention Against Torture (UNCAT) at the academy on October 1.
Vietnamese officials trained to implement UNCAT (Source: VNA)
Vietnamese officials trained to implement UNCAT (Source: VNA)

The course is part of the second phase of a cooperation programme between the two countries’ government, following three courses in the first phase.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Vietnamese Ambassador to the Netherlands Ngo Thi Hoa lauded the programme’s contributions to improving the capacity of Vietnamese officials of the Ministry of Public Security and related ministries.

She took the occasion to thank the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Clingendael Academy for their assistance, hoping that the second phase of the programme will be also a success.

Lt. Gen. Nguyen Ngoc Anh, who leads the Public Security Ministry delegation to attend the training course, affirmed the Netherlands’ experience in carrying out the UNCAT has been disseminated to Vietnamese officials from the central to local level.

Anh said Vietnam’s legal regulations have been revised and supplemented in conformity with international conventions, including the UNCAT.

The country will submit a report on UNCAT implementation to the United Nations in its upcoming session slated for November in Geneva, Switzerland, he said, adding Vietnam will continue promoting and ensuring human rights, and maintain cooperation with the international community in this work.

The training programme began in 2015, with its courses held in Vietnam and the Netherlands in turn.

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