Vietnam, Cambodia strengthen judicial cooperation

Tuesday, 2017-08-29 10:55:15
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Minister of Justice Le Thanh Long speaks at the conference. (Credit: baophapluat.vn)
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NDO – The first judicial conference of localities sharing the Vietnam-Cambodia border opened in the southern province of Tay Ninh, on August 29, gathering over 100 delegates from ten Vietnam and nine Cambodia’s localities, as well as representatives from both ministries of justice.

Hosted by the two countries’ ministries of justice, the event aimed to implement a MoU on legal and judicial cooperation between the Vietnamese Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Justice of Cambodia, which was signed on December 22, 2009.

Speaking at the opening, the host’s Minister of Justice Le Thanh Long emphasised the importance of the conference in creating a new momentum for the enhancement of cooperation between the two judiciary branches, in addition to the cooperation between the judicial bodies of the provinces sharing the borderline, contributing to the prosperous, peaceful and sustainable development of such localities and further promoting the good neighbourly relations, friendship, and comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam and Cambodia.

Sharing the same point of view, Cambodian Justice Minister Ang Vong Vathana stated that the conference was a new alliance between both parties on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of relations between the two countries. The event offers an opportunity for the officials and judicial personnel of both sides to meet, discuss and resolve issues related to civil, criminal, extradition and transfer of crimes, cooperation, training and legal education.

According to Minister Long, during the implementation of the MoU, the two sides have undertaken a range of cooperative activities, including the exchange of high-level delegations and delegations of specialists and the signing, in addition to the implementation of an agreement on mutual legal assistance on civil matters and an extradition treaty.

Vietnamese localities bordering Cambodia have made great efforts in implementing law dissemination and education and providing legal aid and grassroots conciliation activities for people living in the border areas, including Cambodians.

At the meeting, delegates from the two sides discussed a number of issues on joint cooperation between the two ministries, the implementation of the aforementioned agreements, and the dissemination of legal information and legal aid for people living in border areas.

They also made proposals for judicial cooperation among the provinces sharing the Vietnam-Cambodia border, in the time ahead, in order to remove any difficulties and better help locals in border areas to improve their living conditions.

In addition to actively implementing the MoU between the two sides, the relevant authorities of the two countries will effectively deploy civil legal assistance agreements and promptly complete internal procedures for the realisation of a criminal judicial assistance agreement and an agreement on the transfer of sentenced persons signed on December 20, 2016, in addition to effectively cooperating in implementing such agreements when they come into force.

The two sides also agreed to continue providing legal aid to people living in the shared border areas, strengthening coordinated propaganda and education to raise the sense of law observance of local people, and facilitating the operation of judicial bodies in border provinces in connecting and implementing legal and judicial cooperation activities in various forms.

At the conference, the two sides reached a consensus on the organisation of the second justice conference of Vietnam-Cambodia border provinces in Cambodia in 2019.

On the occasion, the two parties also signed a new cooperation programme for 2017-2018 between the Ministry of Justice of Vietnam and the Ministry of Justice of the Kingdom of Cambodia, as well as a memorandum of cooperation between Vietnam’s Judicial Academy and the Cambodian Royal Academy for Judicial Professions.