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24 June 18, 2009 VIETMAN Meeting Summary

24 June 18, 2009 VIETMAN Meeting Summary

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Published by: Judicial Watch, Inc. on Jan 31, 2013
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The International Program – Vietnam
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton met with a delegation from Vietnam on June 18,2009, at its headquarters in Washington, DC. The delegates were in the UnitedStates as part of an educational project entitled the “American Legal System andLegal Education.” This project was arranged by the Academy for EducationalDevelopment on behalf of the U.S. Department of State.The visiting delegates serve in different areas of Vietnamese government, to includethe Ministry of Public Security, Vietnam’s Supreme People’s Procuracy, and theCriminal Law Faculty at Ho Chi Minh City University of Law.The U.S. Department of State’scountry profileindicates that there has been amaturing economic relationship between the United States and Vietnam since 2001.This culminated in 2007 with Congressional approval of Permanent Normal TradeRelations (PNTR) for Vietnam. And in January 2008, Vietnam began a two-year termon the UN Security Council. Although the Communist Party of Vietnam hasreaffirmed its central role in Vietnamese society, “adherence to ideological orthodoxyhas become less important than economic development as a national priority.” Inevidence of this phenomenon was the recent passage of “comprehensive religiousfreedom legislation, outlawing forced renunciations and permitting the officialrecognition of new denominations.” One of the goals of the Project for Vietnam was to “showcase measures that fostertransparency in government by exploring the decentralization and self regulatingnature of federalism in the United States.” Mr. Fitton was asked to discuss JudicialWatch’s efforts at enforcing transparency in government.As set forth in itsMission Statement, “through its educational endeavors, Judicial Watch advocates high standards of ethics and morality in our nation’s public life and

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