At the forum co-held by the Ministry of Justice and the Delegation of the European Union to Vietnam on December 13 in Hanoi.
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Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnamese Government has made great efforts in completing the legal system and organising law enforcement to provide the best conditions for the poor and vulnerable groups to engage in political, socio-economic and cultural activities.

The statement was made by Deputy Minister of Justice Nguyen Khanh Ngoc at a forum co-held by the Ministry of Justice and the Delegation of the European Union to Vietnam on December 13 in Hanoi.

He stressed that taking care of and protecting the poor and vulnerable people is always a priority of Vietnam’s socio-economic development policy.

The 2013 Constitution and numerous laws enforced by the country reflect the country’s consistent viewpoint of promoting and protecting human rights, especially the rights and interests of poor people and vulnerable groups, he said.

Head of the EU delegation Bruno Angelet said the policy dialogue between the justice ministry and the delegation was an important mechanism to improve transparency in judicial activities.

With more than 20 years of cooperation between the two sides in legal affairs, the EU delegation confirmed its commitment to supporting Vietnam in developing public services with an emphasis on the inclusion of the people, civil groups and the private sector.

UN Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme Resident Representative to Vietnam Kamal Malhotra stressed the importance of providing legal support to poor people and vulnerable groups as their ability to afford legal consults is often limited. Malhotra said Vietnam’s revised Law on Legal Aid has set the foundation to assist poor people and vulnerable groups to access legal aid and more public services.

During the forum, which has been an annual exchange between Vietnam and its international partners since 2004, more than 120 delegates and experts shared insights and experience in domestic and international practices in securing legal aid and the implementation of the laws to protect and support poor people and vulnerable groups.-VNA