Deputy Director of the Department of Legal and Administrative and Judicial Reform under the MPS Senior Colonel Tran Nguyen Quan hosted the ceremony.
The ceremony drew the participation Director of Clingendael Academy Ron Ton, First Secretary of Economy & Trade of the Embassy of the Netherlands Iwan Rutjens, Second Secretary in charge of culture and politics of the Dutch Embassy Robbie Peeters, and a number of other Dutch delegates.
On the Vietnamese side, there were representatives of the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of National Defense, the Supreme People's Procuracy, the Supreme People's Court and representatives of a number of units under the Ministry of Public Security.
Speaking at the ceremony, Senior Colonel Tran Nguyen Quan said that the Convention Against Torture is one of the nine core UN conventions on human rights, adopted on December 10, 1984 and put in force on June 26, 1987. Vietnam signed the Convention in 2013 and ratified it in 2014. Vietnam officially put the convention in force on March 7, 2015. Since then, it has become an important tool to protect and ensure human rights in the country, in line with the humanitarian policies of the Party and State of Vietnam as well as the 2013 Constitution of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
To effectively implement the convention, the Ministry of Public Security of Vietnam and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands launched a cooperation program on the implementation of the convention and achieved many good results. From 2015 to 2017, six training courses were organized to improve the capacity of officers at the Ministry of Public Security, helping the Vietnamese police officers execute the convention more efficiently.
From 2018 to 2022, the Department of Legal and Administrative and Judicial Reform under the MPS and Clingendael Academy of the Netherlands developed a set of training materials based on the Convention against Torture and Vietnamese laws with tutorial videos, add-ons.
At the same time, a training course was organized in the Kingdom of the Netherlands for 12 key officers from the Ministry of Public Security of Vietnam while nine other training courses were held in Vietnam for 260 Vietnamese police officers who are investigators, lecturers, law rapporteurs and officers from public security agencies and units, including a number of prisons, detention camps and reformatories.
Senior Colonel Tran Nguyen Quan affirmed that the cooperation program had marked a new development in the cooperation between the Ministry of Public Security of Vietnam and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands while contributing to strengthening the friendly relationship between the two countries.