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Australia-Vietnam human rights dialogue.

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Australia and Vietnam are holding a second round of bilateral human rights talks in Canberra today following the successful inaugural meeting in Hanoi last year.

The dialogue - International Organisations and Legal Issues, including Human Rights - is a further example of the Government’s practical and constructive approach to addressing human rights issues.

Australia now holds dedicated human rights dialogues with China and Iran and Vietnam. These dialogues underpin the Government’s view that government-to-government cooperation is essential to make a real and lasting difference to human rights issues.

The dialogue is also covering other international and legal issues such as the Australian Government’s reform agenda for the United Nations treaty system, the Commission on Human Rights, judicial reform and approaches to criminal law.

In addition to the dialogue, the Vietnamese delegation will visit the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, the NSW Administrative Decisions Tribunal, the Australian Human Rights Centre at the University of New South Wales and other organisations to enhance their understanding of Australia’s approach to promoting and protecting human rights.

Through these visits, we will explore prospects for practical bilateral cooperation in areas related to human rights.

The Australian delegation to the dialogue is be led by the First Assistant Secretary of my Department’s International Organisations and Legal Division, Caroline Millar, and includes the President of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, Justice John von Doussa, and officials from relevant Government departments.

We welcome Vietnam’s willingness to engage on human rights issues with Australia, demonstrating the high level of maturity in our bilateral relationship.

Media enquiries: Chris Kenny (Ministerial) 02 6277 7500 / 0419 206 890 Julie McDonald (Departmental) 02 6261 1555

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