A lack of legal knowledge


 In a society there are many different kinds of relationships. Each relationship is governed by many different kinds of rules. That might be regulations of morality, religion or law... Among these kinds of rules, regulations of laws play an important role. They adjust the majority of relationships in society. Law is the expression of the will of the State. And,  the State is representation of the people. Thus, the laws are issued under strict process and must be specified in the Constitution – the highest law. So that, the inclusion of a provision into the Criminal Law is calculated based on the social relations in practice and international legal norms and laws of Vietnam .
 In reality, there are many people who take advantages of democratic freedoms to conduct activities against the laws infringing the legitimate rights and interests of the State, organizations and individuals. For example, Dinh Nhat Uy who is a director of a limited liability company AT, specializing in photo and repair computers, located in Tan An city of Long An province. Uy has edited and posted on his personal blog many articles, images with false and distorted content that have violated the legitimate interests of individuals and organizations and undermined the leadership of the Party and the State. There are also many bloggers like that, such as Truong Duy Nhat, Pham Viet Dao, Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, Pham Thanh Hieu... Therefore, the existence of article 258 in the Criminal Law is totally consistent with the objective reality of society when there are objects like them who perform illegal acts specified in article 258.
 Recently, a number of bloggers, including blogger emerged as Chau Van Thi, Bui Tuan Lam…, has urged UN Human Rights Council and many other human rights organizations to intervene and force the State to eliminate the article 258 of the Criminal law: "The crime of abusing democratic freedoms to infringe upon the interests of the State, the rights and legitimate interests of organizations and citizens". These bloggers have cited the provisions in Article 19 of the Declaration of Human Rights: "Everyone has the right to freedom of thought and expression. This right includes freedom of thought without being hindered, the freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media regardless of frontiers". However, they deliberately ignore or don’t want to read the Paragraph 2 of Article 29 of the Declaration of Human Rights: "When exercising the rights and freedoms, every people can only be restricted under the provisions of law for the purposes of recognizing and respecting the rights and freedoms of others and performing the works required by morality or guarantee the welfare for a democratic society". Thus, the existence of the Article 258 are fully consistent with the provisions of the Declaration of Human Rights of the United Nations.
 Hopefully, bloggers should learn carefully about the provisions of international laws and the laws of Vietnam before writing and posting any article. Do not quickly jump into conclusion based on surface expressions, that easily lead to misunderstanding of the readers. Keep in mind the ancient saying: "Bending the tongue seven times before speaking"./.
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All comments [ 10 ]

Quân Hoàng 5/5/14 17:22

Real freedom only exists in laws and principles, if not, freedom means chaos.

Huy Quốc 5/5/14 17:26

I think bloggers should have legal knowledge, at least, enough to refrain them from doing wrong activities that cost damage to our national interests.

Hoàng Lân 5/5/14 17:30

Yes, they can have their rights of freedom and democracy but they are not allowed to use that as excuses to hurt others'.

Vân Nhàn 5/5/14 17:32

Go away, mind your own business, we don't want you to take care for our such rights of freedom.

Hùng Quân 5/5/14 17:36

It's so sad that there are many young people still believe in those allegations like that.

Lê Tín 5/5/14 17:42

We should hold more courses and programs to educate legal knowledge for young people and teach them to be aware of those allegations.

Quốc Cường 5/5/14 17:46

It's so ironic that many international organizations, especially, human rights organizations, have praised these bloggers to the skies.

Huy Lâm 5/5/14 17:49

There are many hostile forces who want to overthrow our regime, we should launch more measures to fight them.

Quốc Kiên 5/5/14 17:51

The government should punish them with heavy sentences to warn others.

Phạm Hiếu 5/5/14 17:55

Yes, I agree with Quoc Kien, it will be examples for those bloggers who are still trying to post wrong and false statements about the reality in Vietnam.

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