UN-supported legal reform project launched

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The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Ministry of Justice are spearheading a US$6.4-million judicial reform project in Vietnam, according to a press release issued last Friday.

Under the five-year project called Access to Justice and Protection of Rights in Vietnam, the UNDP, together with other domestic and foreign donors, will provide funding needed by the ministry and related agencies to assess the accessibility of the justice system at the local level. The project also aims to map out a strategy for the legal empowerment of the poor, said the release.

The project will research the best methods for judicial reform, including ways to reorganize the court system and legal frameworks.

UNDP has been cooperating with the Ministry of Justice since 1993, including on the Legal Needs Assessment in 2002 and the issuance of the Legal Systems Development Strategy in 2005.

Source: Thanh Nien

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