The Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) examined the situation of children in Vietnam

On the
31st of May 2012 the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) examined the
situation of children and the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of
the Child in Vietnam. The Committee drew attention to some necessary reforms in
order to align domestic legislation with international standards. This included
raising from 16 to 18 the age of
and reforms in the field of juvenile
criminal justice

experts’ concern focused on discrimination
against children from minority groups
and children with disabilities. They
drew attention to inequality in the accessibility of basic services (birth
registration, education, health facilities etc.) and the higher frequency of
certain phenomena – such as child marriage – among vulnerable children.
experts also discussed the following issues:
corporal punishment
within family and school;
abused and neglected
selective abortions
aimed at avoiding the birth of females;
child labour;
children involved in
prostitution and trafficking in human beings.
the committee strongly recommended Vietnam establish an independent body responsible for monitoring human rights in the
Country as soon as possible.
representatives of Vietnam were cooperative and the independent experts
described the dialogue as constructive and fruitful.