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Vietnam boosts effective enforcement of Torture Convention

Vietnam will make more efforts to increase the effectiveness of the enforcement of legal regulations on anti-torture.

This is the main task of a plan, recently approved by Deputy Prime Minister Tran Luu Quang, on enhancing the efficient enforcement of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (the Torture Convention), as well as implementing appropriate recommendations of the UN Committee Against Torture (CAT).

The plan aims to continue the effective implementation of the 2013 Constitution and define tasks and the roadmap to implement them in order to efficiently carry out regulations of the convention and relevant recommendations of CAT, thus contributing to promoting people's enjoyment of the right to health and bodily autonomy, in accordance with the Constitution, laws and socio-economic conditions of Vietnam; and to ensure foreign and domestic requirements, national security, and social order and safety.

The plan assigns tasks to each ministry, sector and locality, and requires effective coordination between them.

It stresses the need to continue investing in building and completing facilities and equipment serving State agencies’ related works, and improving the efficiency of the implementation of regulations on ensuring rights and regimes of those held in custody or temporary detention, sentenced persons and those subject to administrative handling measures.

Under the plan, Vietnam will raise the efficiency of receiving and handling denunciations related to torture, and step up the investigation, prosecution and trial in a strict and public manner.

Attention will be paid to the intensification of communications, education and training on the Torture Convention as well as national law on this issue, and the country’s efforts and achievements./.