‘Human rights’ factor may hold back EU-Vietnam FTA | Trade News Vietnam
Home » News » Trade News » Human Rights Factor May Hold Back Eu Vietnam Fta

‘Human rights’ factor may hold back EU-Vietnam FTA


READ MORE ON FTALabour RightsTrade News VietnamTrade Relations

Vietnam-EU FTA

Image Courtesy: neweurope.eu

The European Union (EU) and Vietnam had signed the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in December of 2015. However, the European Parliament and the legislatures of all EU members have still not approved the agreement for it to take effect.

The EU-Vietnam Partnership is based on the respect of human rights and democratic principles, yet the FTA is being fast-tracked with hardly any attention on human rights.

The Government in Vietnam faces pressure from European lawmakers to improve its human rights record, especially with regard to the conditions existing in garment factories. The dismal working conditions and low pay have been the cause of labour agony in many industries – prominent being footwear and textile industry.

There are no independent trade unions in Vietnam and the right to strike is severely restricted, even prohibited in many sectors. The majority of workers in garment sector are women and their condition too leaves a lot to be desired. The European Parliament recently sent its Subcommittee on Human Rights on a fact-finding trip to Vietnam. The committee called on Vietnamese officials to allow more debate about political rights and freedom of expression and religion.

Also ReadEU-Vietnam FTA to benefit both parties

Nearly a year ago, the French group Worldwide Movement for Human Rights accused the EU of failing to study the impact the trade agreement would have on human rights. Fredrick Burke of Baker & McKenzie says Vietnam’s FTA with the EU is not as strong on human rights as the TPP.


Have some news? Let us know on news@apparelresources.com

Recommended by Apparel Resources

Alvanon, BodiData partner to strategize custom solutions for US apparel industry

Taking apparel industry expertise to a whole new level, a strategic partnership agreement has been signed between the global apparel business expert – Alvanon and Silicon Valley-based database technology company...

EU threatens Bangladesh of GSP suspension

The European Union (EU), which currently accounts for just over 62 per cent of all Bangladesh’s garment exports, has threatened the country of...

Development Committee MEP urges EU Commission to ensure labour rights

The Development Committee Members of European Parliament (MEP) have voted for binding rules on labour and environmental standards, and human rights in the...

Lenzing registers substantial revenue growth in 2016

Austria-based manufacturer of textile and nonwovens cellulose fibres such as modal and lyocell, Lenzing Group AG showed an excellent development in the 2016...

Bangladesh aims to enhance trade ties with Hong Kong

With an aim to expand its business to Chinese mainland, Bangladesh wants to develop strong trade links with Hong Kong which is presenting...

Cambodian employers look for delay in Garment Pay Reform’s execution

Industry representatives have strongly asserted that the decision to pay garment workers twice a month will be difficult for employers to implement immediately....

Cambodian Commerce Minister for high-value-added investment in RMG sector

Cambodian Minister of Commerce, H.E. Pan Sorasak, has requested International Labour Organisation (ILO) to encourage high-value-added investment in the garment sector and boost...

Explosion at Chinese garment factory in Cambodia claims one life

One person died and several others sustained injuries in an explosion at a China-owned garment factory located in Sen Sok district’s Phnom Penh...

Myanmar earns over US $ 1.6 billion from CMP garment exports

Myanmar has noted an increase of almost one billion in its earning from cutting, making and packaging (CMP) garment exports. This fiscal year...

Fire engulfs denim fabric manufacturing factory in Ghaziabad, India

Fabric and other raw material worth lakhs of rupees gutted in fire broke out in a garment factory identified as Ajanta in Site...