Master thesis on Juvenile Justice Reform in Vietnam

- The opportunity to do an internship with the Vietnam Program, and later write my master thesis on Vietnam, has given me an enhanced understanding of human rights in both theory and practice, says Frida Pareus, newly graduated master student at the NCHR.

Frida Pareus wanted to do her internship with the Vietnam Program mainly due to their focus on criminal justice reform. Photo: Private

Internship with the Vietnam Program

- I wanted to do my internship with the Vietnam Program mainly due to their focus on criminal justice reform, and when I applied for the internship it was my aim and hope that I would be able to develop the research question for my thesis, Pareus explains.

- Through my internship I was fortunate not only to take part in their activities in Norway, but to travel to Hanoi for the international conference on Business and Human Rights where I also got the opportunity to start gathering information for my master thesis.

Scholarship to conduct fieldwork

Pareus also received a scholarship from the Vietnam Program, that enabled her to go back to Vietnam to conduct field work for her study.

- This was without doubt a very valuable experience, and it gave me great insight to how it is to work with human rights in practice.

Juvenile Justice Reform in Vietnam

In her thesis, Pareus look at the degree to which the state responds to what is commonly referred to as an alarming rise in youth crime.

By asking the question if, or to what extent, juvenile justice reform in Vietnam is compatible with international human rights standards for juveniles, she analyses to what extent there remain significant shortcomings in mechanisms for the protection of young people in contact with the justice system.

- My study suggests that although recent developments in Vietnam may reflect a change in the attitude of government in terms of human rights protection, crime - and youth crime in particular - is still viewed not only as an offence against the community, but also, as an offence against the nation.

- Thus, Pareus explains, criminal justice policies remain closely interlinked with national security, and the exercise of human rights may still be severely curtailed by subjugating human rights protection to the protection of the one-Party state.

For more information, read Frida Pareus' master thesis "Policing youth in Vietnam: Using Juvenile Justice Reform as a Means of Social Control" (pdf).





Published July 15, 2014 11:03 AM - Last modified Aug. 29, 2014 11:38 AM