24 June 18 2009 VIETMAN Meeting Summary
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The International Program Vietnam Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton met with delegation from Vietnam June 18, 2009, its headquarters Washington, DC. The delegates were the United States part educational project entitled the American Legal System and Legal Education. This project was arranged the Academy for Educational Development behalf the U.S. Department State. The visiting delegates serve different areas Vietnamese government, include the Ministry Public Security, Vietnams Supreme Peoples Procuracy, and the Criminal Law Faculty Chi Minh City University Law. The U.S. Department States country profile indicates that there has been maturing economic relationship between the United States and Vietnam since 2001. This culminated 2007 with Congressional approval Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) for Vietnam. And January 2008, Vietnam began two-year term the Security Council. Although the Communist Party Vietnam has reaffirmed its central role Vietnamese society, adherence ideological orthodoxy has become less important than economic development national priority. evidence this phenomenon was the recent passage comprehensive religious freedom legislation, outlawing forced renunciations and permitting the official recognition new denominations. One the goals the Project for Vietnam was showcase measures that foster transparency government exploring the decentralization and self regulating nature federalism the United States. Mr. Fitton was asked discuss Judicial Watchs efforts enforcing transparency government. set forth its Mission Statement, through its educational endeavors, Judicial Watch advocates high standards ethics and morality our nations public life and The International Program seeks ensure that political and judicial officials not abuse the powers entrusted them the American people. Judicial Watch fulfills its educational mission through litigation, investigations, and public outreach. The International Program integral part its educational program. Mr. Fitton provided the delegates with general overview Judicial Watchs mission and discussed more detail the impact open records laws, including the federal Freedom Information Act (FOIA) and state and local sunshine laws, have transparency government. Several Judicial Watchs most famous cases, including the Clinton Commerce Department trade missions' fiasco and the Cheney Energy Task Force closed door meetings were discussed. these two cases illustrate, government secrecy and corruption has been issue both Republican and Democratic administrations. Judicial Watch believes corruption failure ethics. Therefore, the mission transparency government promote ethics and morality and through the process openness and accountability.