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International Law in Cyberspace: The foundation to ensure human rights and national interests

08:02 | 28/08/2020

In order to implement the cooperative commitment between Vietnam and the Netherlands on strengthening cooperation in the field of cybersecurity, Vietnam Ministry of Public Security's Foreign Affairs Department co-ordinated with the Netherlands Embassy in Vietnam and the Delegation of the European Union to co-organize an online workshop of International Law on Cyberspace on August 27, 2020 in Hanoi.

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The participants attending the online conference include: Major General Nguyen Thanh Son, Director of Department of Foreign Relations (Ministry of Public Security); Dutch Ambassador to Vietnam Elsbeth Akkerman, Ambassador - Head of EU Delegation to Vietnam Pier Giorgio Aliberti, Representative of Department of International Law and Treaty (Ministry of Foreign Affairs); Department of Homeland Security, Department of Cyber Security and High-Tech Crime Prevention (Ministry of Public Security) ...

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The online workshop on International Law on Cyberspace in Hanoi on August 27, 2020.

Speaking at the opening of the conference, Dutch Ambassador to Vietnam Elsbeth Akkerman affirmed that, in the context of the global COVID-19 epidemic, the online workshop aimed at exchanging experience information, strengthening the work of the police's forces to prevent cyber crimes, ensure security and safety in cyberspace, also ensure human rights, especially vulnerable groups such as women, children ...

At the workshop, reporters shared topics on: International Law on Cyberspace activities; Sovereignty over cyberspace; State responsibility for cyber activities, The use of force and self-defense in cyberspace ... The reports helped participants to have a clearer view of the policy direction of developing technology information development aiming to improve the capacity to cyber-attack prevention and defence to protect human rights, values, interests and security of the country.

Liis Vihul, an advisor, director of an international law group of cyberspace shared: According to international law, the State is responsible for cyber activities when: cyber law violations are not standards set by the State, and slandering the State is against the law. Professor Michael Schmitt also argued that countermeasures to other countries' cybercriminals were necessary, in the case of the only means to self-protect and protect the nation's essential interests, against serious hazards affecting the interests of the people and the interests of the country.

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Major General Nguyen Thanh Son, Director of Department of Foreign Relations, Ministry of Public Security spoke at the conference.

Speaking at the conference, Major General Nguyen Thanh Son, Director of Director of Department of Foreign Relations, Ministry of Public Security affirmed that the Vietnam Government has been stepping up building an e-government, moving towards digital economy, constantly improving living conditions for people in recent years. The Law on Cyber ​​Security was passed by the Socialist Republic of Vietnam's National Assembly on June 12, 2018 and officially took effect from January 1, 2019. Containing 7 chapters and 43 articles, the Law on Cyber ​​Security regulates the protection of national security, and assurance of social order and safety on cyberspace, in addition to the responsibility of relevant agencies, organizations and individuals. After more than 1 year in effect, the Law on Cyber ​​Security has contributed to improving the effectiveness of the protection of legitimate interests of organizations and individuals participating in cyber activities, playing an important role of improving work efficiency and protecting the sovereignty, interests, national security, legitimate rights and interests of organizations and individuals participating in cyber activities, building a healthy cyberspace environment, and creating an equal environment of obligations, responsibilities and interests between domestic and foreign businesses, creating a legal mechanism to help combat cybercriminals, and better ensuring human rights.

Major General Nguyen Thanh Son asserted that the Ministry of Public Security always attached special importance to organize workshops and training courses to exchange experiences, improve knowledge and qualifications for officials in central and local agencies in the implementation process of deploying 10 capacity building training courses for Ministry of Public Security's staff in implementing The Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UNCAT)... Last time, the EU has been actively consulting to the draft Decree detailing a number of articles of the Law on Cyber ​​Security according to the order and procedures prescribed by Vietnamese law, in accordance with international best practices.

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It is necessary to ensure social order and safety on cyberspace. (Illustration)

At the conference's closing, Dutch ambassador to Vietnam Elsbeth Akkerman affirmed that the Workshop "International Law in cyberspace" was a great success, the reporters and delegates made positive comments sharing knowledge about International Law as well as experiences, issues of responsibility of the Government in operating cyberspace, ensuring human rights. She said that the workshop contributed to the development of Comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam and the Netherlands in general, the relationship between the Vietnam Ministry of Public Security and relevant agencies of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the European Union in particular going more practically and in-depth prospects.

Thu Trang (VNA)

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Translated by Tarah Nguyen

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