Legislative elite mulls Hague Adoption Convention
Hanoi (VNA)- Senior law makers have supported the Government’s proposal for signing and ratifying the Hague Adoption Convention of May 29, 1993.
In its 10th plenary session on July 25, the National Assembly’s Standing Committee reached a consensus that the adoption convention’s contents are humanitarian and in line with the national policy.
“The NA Standing Committee fully supports the signing and ratifying of the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Cooperation in Respect of Inter-country Adoption,” the meeting’s notes read.
During the discussion, NA Legal Committee Chairman Nguyen Van Thuan asked why the Government submitted the proposal for signing the convention now, instead of earlier.
Deputy Minister of Justice Hoang The Lien explained that at the time the convention was introduced, there were many differences between it and national law and the country had not yet set up a central authority on international adoption in line with the convention.
Since 2003, with the Government’s 68/2002/ND-CP decree coming into force, a number of agreements on child adoption with other countries have been signed and an International Adoption Department under the Ministry of Justice has been set up.
Since then, the settlement of foreigners’ proposals for adopting Vietnamese children has been largely based on bilateral agreements on this issue.
All this has provided basic conditions in line with the convention for the Ministry of Justice to propose signing of the convention, the deputy minister said.
He added that in a case when the convention has something different from the national law, executives should apply the convention’s rules in line with a principle given in the law on signing, joining and executing international convention. It allows the application of international treaties of which Vietnam is a member if the treaties have some articles that go different from the national law.
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