The Vietnam Programme
With a focus on civil and political rights, the Vietnam Programme seeks to support the development of a Vietnam governed according to the rule of law and human rights. By generating a space for discussion and facilitating the exchange of knowledge and experience, the Programme aims to contribute to a process driven by Vietnam itself and as reflected in their response to the Universal Periodic Review.
Since the introduction of Doi Moi in 1986, Vietnam has embarked on a period of economic, legal and social change. Most significantly, this period was marked by Vietnam’s accession to a number of key international treaties on human rights including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights in 1982.
Vietnam has pledged its continual commitment to the improvement of civil and political rights in Vietnam through legal reform, cooperation on the international sphere and participation in the Universal Periodic Review.
The Vietnam Programme was established in March 2008 as the academic component of the official human rights dialogue between Norway and Vietnam. In line with recommendations of the Universal Periodic Review supported by the Vietnamese government, the Programme has narrowed its focus to three key areas:
- Human rights education and research
- Rule of law: criminal justice reform and legal aid
- Competence building and dialogue support
In cooperation with state, academic and international institutions, the Programme supports projects that facilitate a greater understanding of international human rights and a two way transfer of information between Vietnam and Norway.
Workshops and training, education and research both in and outside of Vietnam are core activities supported by the Programme.