The Vietnamese Government respects and offers a full legal mechanism to better ensure human and citizens’ rights in marriage and family.

The Government has also given importance to gender equality, the protection of mothers and children and other disadvantaged groups, the rights and interests of relevant individuals and organisations and the interests of families.

Deputy Minister of Justice Hoang The Lien affirmed Vietnam’s viewpoints during the process of drafting the revised Law on Marriage and Family at the second legal policy dialogue in Hanoi on November 25.

The event was co-organised by the Vietnamese Ministry of Justice and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) within the framework of the project “Strengthening Access to Justice and Protection of Rights in Vietnam” jointly implemented by Vietnam and the UNDP.

It allows Vietnam to learn from international experience in marriage and family in accordance with the country’s cultural, legal, social and economic conditions as well as international treaties in which Vietnam is a member, Lien noted.

Louise Chamberlain, UNDP Country Director in Vietnam, suggested making clear the contents regarding gender and gender identification, reasoning that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people have the right to get married and have children.

The draft law will amend and supplement fundamental principles of marriage and family in Vietnam such as prohibited behaviours, rights and obligations between parents and children and other family members, pregnancy and divorce.

The draft revised law is scheduled to be discussed by National Assembly deputies on November 26 and submitted to the legislature for approval at its seventh session.-VNA