efe-epaBy Eric San Juan. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

A free trade agreement signed in June between the European Union and Vietnam is a step forward in economic relations, however many organizations allege that human rights have been left aside.

EU Commissioner Cecilia Malmström described the agreement, which is pending ratification by the European Parliament, as one of the most ambitious trade agreements to have ever been signed between the EU and a developing country. EFE-EPA