Law on Association is not a drawback of human rights implementation (Part II and End)

15/08/2015


Even promoting human rights implementation
PPWG (People's Participation Working Group), an organization was established in 1999 and has since become a forum for exchange of information and initiatives between experts and organisations relating to public participation, core issues of democracy and civil society, welcomes the National Assembly’s scheduled endorsement of the draft Law on Association in the October 2015 meeting sessions of the 13th National Assembly after more than 10 years of delay. PPWG is also delighted that the draft law was immediately published by the Ministry of Home Affairs on 4 June 2015 on the incumbent’s website for public opinions until 4 August 2015, in accordance with the provisions on collection of comments on proposed laws of the Law on the Promulgation of Legal Documents.
The government of Vietnam made positive undertakings to members of the United Nations and UN Human Rights Council on comprehensive implementation, under the most radical standards, of human rights in general, and 11 specific issues relating to the right to association at the Universal Periodic Review of Human Rights 2014 (Recommendations no. 143.144, 143.145, 143.147, 143.65, 143.167, 143.169, 143.172, 143.173, 143.174 and 143.175 in Document no. A/HRC/26/6 and A/HRC/26/6/Add.1, 26th meeting of the UN Human Rights Council, 27th session on June 20th 2014). 
PPWG is confident that the development and endorsement of the draft Law on Associations in the coming time will be an opportunity for Vietnam to demonstrate these positive undertakings. The compilation and collection of public opinions on the draft law showcase the government of Vietnam’s goodwill in undertaking international commitments on promotion and implementation of human rights according to international standards.
However, this law is a sensitive issue, Vietnam’s authorities must take it carefully to not stir a wave of criticism from defiant elements and human rights organizations. We can learn from Cambodia’s experience in that. On July 13, all 68 MPs from the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), which holds the majority in the 123-seat National Assembly, voted in favour of passing the Law on Associations and Non-Governmental Organizations (LANGO). The adoption of the LANGO has received many criticisms from inside and outside organizations as a severe attack on Cambodia’s independent civil society.
So, the Law on Association must be developed on the basis of human rights based approach, namely the right to freedom of association, in the spirit of international commitments on human rights and the Constitution 2013 of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Any articles that conflict with this principle should be removed. The law needs to be developed on the basis of freedom and equality protection of citizens to association and corresponding obligations of the state in the maintenance, protection and promotion of this right. Vietnam needs to develop a suitable legal framework to ensure equality, self-control and decision-making of the associations, as well as legal mechanisms to protect the rights and sanctions against violations of the right to association.
In order to achieve these, the National Assembly and the drafting committee should conduct broader and more in-depth researches on the needs and operational practices of public association, including official and unofficial ones, international standards and best models for implementation of the right to association in the world, while creating forums to promote awareness and contribution from the public. With all those, we strongly believe that Vietnam will build up a perfect Law on Association to protect and promote human rights in accordance with international standards./.
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yobro yobro 15/8/15 21:38

The compilation and collection of public opinions on the draft law showcase the government of Vietnam’s goodwill in undertaking international commitments.

Jane smartnic 15/8/15 21:40

After 1989, the number of foreign NGOs operating in Vietnam has risen at a drastic rate and the forms and nature of foreign assistance have changed considerably, from mainly in-kind to projects or programs of humanitarian or development purposes.

LawrenceSamuels 15/8/15 21:41

Yeah, Vietnamese government has created good conditions for NGOs to develop.

Gentle Moon 15/8/15 21:49

So sad that many international organizations don't recognize what the Vietnamese Party and State do, they just criticize and criticize.

John Smith 15/8/15 21:53

In my opinion, Vietnam or other countries should have laws to control and manage operations of NGOs and even civil society organizations.

Deck Hero14 15/8/15 21:58

The government of Vietnam made positive undertakings to members of the United Nations and UN Human Rights Council on comprehensive implementation.

Pack Cassiopian 15/8/15 22:00

The law is a sensitive issue, Vietnam’s authorities must take it carefully to not stir a wave of criticism from defiant elements and human rights organizations.

Only Solidar 15/8/15 22:01

Every countries have their ơn laws, it's their rights, right?

MaskOf Zero 15/8/15 22:02

The law needs to be developed on the basis of freedom and equality protection of citizens to association.

Love Peace 15/8/15 22:06

Vietnam needs to develop a suitable legal framework to ensure equality, self-control and decision-making of the associations.

Elizabeth Green 17/8/15 05:48

as a menber of the UN Human Right Council, Vietnam has more implemented many policies that offer favorable rights to the people

Anthony Jones 17/8/15 05:52

the Law on Associations will help protect and promote human rights in accordance with international standards

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