NA Standing Committee debate revised Penal Code

07/04/2015
Members of the 13th National Assembly (NA) Standing Committee scrutinised amendments to the Penal Code during the committee’s on-going 37th session in Hanoi on April 7, voicing contrary opinions on restriction of the death penalty.
The Government has proposed reducing the crimes eligible for the death penalty to 15 from the current 22, saying that the reduction demonstrates the State’s humanitarian policy and judicial reform.
While most participants backed the general proposal, NA Vice Chairman Huynh Ngoc Son argued that the death penalty should not be abolished for the crime of breaching peace, the crime of waging aggressive war, crimes against humanity, and war crimes, deemed the most serious among the crimes.
Chairwoman of the NA Committee for Social Affairs Truong Thi Mai agreed with the draft revision to not impose the death penalty on criminals aged 70 and above in line with global standards.
Son countered, saying people in their 70’s are generally still physically and mentally capable, able to continue perpetuating crimes such as leading crime organisations.
He urged the classification of specific groups of crimes and communicating circumstances for the death penalty in the hope of deterring criminals.
The draft revised Penal Code comprises 441 articles, increasing by 87 articles from the current one. It supplements 63 articles, amends 370 articles and abrogates eight others in the current Penal Code.
NA Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung emphasised that the amendment of the Penal Code should be in line with the spirit of the 2013 Constitution, particularly in issues related to the people. He asked relevant agencies to continue working on the draft before submitting it to the NA again.
The NA Standing Committee’s 37th session is convening from April 6 to 10.

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Hoàng Lân 7/4/15 20:25

with a view to perfecting anti-bribery regulations in the 1999 Penal Code with support from the United Nations Development Programme in Vietnam.

Hùng Quân 7/4/15 20:27

discussed the challenges in enforcing the Penal Code’s regulations on bribery; identified differences between the regulations in the penal code and international anti-corruption conventions; and shared international experience in dealing with bribery and recalling the bribes.

Quốc Cường 7/4/15 20:31

Penal Code revisions needed to protect human rights and citizens’ rights guaranteed by new Constitution

Huy Quốc 7/4/15 20:32

Human rights and citizens’ fundamental rights are protected and enforced by the entire legal system of which the criminal law is a critical part.

Phạm Hiếu 7/4/15 20:33

a key direction for revising the Penal Code (the Code) is to further improve the penal policy toward respecting and guaranteeing the fulfillment of human rights and citizens’ democratic rights

Quốc Kiên 7/4/15 20:35

To protect everyone’s right to life, the Code allows the death penalty only for particularly serious crimes.

Lê Tín 7/4/15 20:36

The death penalty cannot be applied to juvenile delinquents, pregnant women and women nursing children under 36 months at the time of committing a crime or being tried.

Vân Nhàn 7/4/15 20:37

Death sentences will not be executed against pregnant women or women nursing under-36 month children.

Huy Quốc 7/4/15 20:38

The Code prescribes 22 crimes that carry the death penalty and 10 others related to direct or indirect, intentional or unintentional acts of illegally taking human life

Quân Hoàng 7/4/15 20:40

the classification of specific groups of crimes and communicating circumstances for the death penalty in the hope of deterring criminals.

Trần Bướng 20/4/15 23:05

every laws should be revised in with the reality, that requires lawmakers shoud consider and study carefully during making laws

Tứ Long 20/4/15 23:10

the revised Penal Code reduces the crimes eligible for the death penalty to 15 from the current 22, that shows the govement's humanitarian policy.

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