The role of police in the anti-corruption efforts of the Vietnamese government and measures to make police officers accountable, efficient, and professional were discussed at a dialogue on police integrity held Tuesday in the central Vietnamese city of Da Nang.
The event was jointly organized by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security (MPS), according to a press release issued by the UNDOC the same day.
Zhuldyz Akisheva, UNODC Country Manager, and Senior Lieutenant General Dang Van Hieu, Standing Deputy Minister of the MPS, co-chaired the dialogue.
Among the international guests were Evelyn Lam, Hong Kong Police Chief Superintendent, representatives from the Australian and Dutch Police forces as well as those from embassies and other organizations.
The event was also attended by senior representatives and experts of the Vietnamese National Assembly, Supreme People’s Procuracy, Supreme People’s Court, Government Inspectorate, Ministry of Planning and Investment.
Participants discussed what should be done to improve police’s operations in performing their important functions in enforcing the law and protecting constitutional rights of the people of Vietnam.
“The topic of this workshop is of great importance for Vietnam as well as for other countries since an effective, professional and accountable law enforcement and justice system is a key component of the rule of law, good governance and of effective protection of human rights,” said Z. Akisheva.
The event has further significance it is the first time the MPS has worked with an international organization on this issue, which underlines the MPS’s political will to engage in international cooperation on anti-corruption and promotion of integrity, accountability and transparency within the ministry, the UNDOC said in the press release.
A strong and transparent law enforcement and criminal justice system is the backbone of efficient anti-corruption efforts and this need was highlighted during the 2012 review of Vietnam’s implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), according to the UNDOC.
At a national conference on anti-corruption on May 5, 2014, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong emphasized that the fight against corruption can only be effective if the agencies in charge of anti-corruption are ethical and clean, the UNDOC said.