Vietnam lawmakers boggled over draft regulation restricting length of citizens’ full names

Local lawmakers are mulling a draft amendment suggesting restrictions on the length of Vietnamese full names, which seems to be a personal matter and has nothing to do with social order.
Minister of Justice Ha Hung Cuong presented a set of draft amendments at a Standing Committee meeting of the National Assembly (NA) on Tuesday.
The draft amendments are based on feedback from over 7.5 million people, according to the Vietnam News Agency (VNA).
One of the suggestions stated that a Vietnamese citizen’s full name should not have more than 25 letters, or feature numbers or symbols.
The suggestion indicated that while citizens have the right to choose their full name at their own will, the government should set specific rules to guide them in doing so.
Many full names are not culturally appropriate, the VNA said.
Transgender people have also encountered immense difficulty changing their full names from those typical of one gender to the other, delegates heard.
The draft amendment also urged that a provision be added to the Law on Vietnamese Nationality to issue a regulation that anyone who applies for Vietnamese citizenship must have a Vietnamese name.
Delegate Phung Quoc Hien expressed his support for the regulation that restricts the length of Vietnamese full names, adding that a number of parents have given their children overly lengthy names, which causes great difficulty in administrative paperwork and transactions later, Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reported.
However, Truong Thi Mai, chairperson of the NA Committee on Social Affairs, noted that the restriction may not go along with the Vietnamese Constitution.
“A long full name does not interfere with social order or national security and defense. We should only encourage citizens to avoid lengthy names, but it’s up to them to decide,” Tuoi Tre cited Mai as saying.
Cuong, Minister of Justice, told the Tuesday session that the government has discussed the issue thoroughly.
“Names belong to citizens, but are recorded in state documents, such as identity cards, and driver's licenses. Abbreviations must be used for long names, which may bring troubles to the name holders themselves later,” he explained.
“We pay due respect to citizens’ identity rights but our job is to provide guidance to avoid complications in social order and management,” Cuong stressed.
Meanwhile, Nguyen Van Giau, chairman of the NA Committee on Economic Affairs, called for a clearer definition of truly Vietnamese names as stated in the draft amendment, as expat Vietnamese tend to use their full names with their first names placed before their last in the order adopted by most Western countries.
The NA Committee on Legal Affairs also said that the draft regulation that anyone who applies for Vietnamese citizenship must have a Vietnamese name should be given more consideration.
Since January, the Ministry of Justice has been soliciting suggestions and feedback on the draft amendments to the Civil Code on its website, according to the VNA.
The current draft comprises 672 articles, shorter than the 2009 Civil Code, which has 777 articles.

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Hoàng Lân 14/5/15 22:43

A person's full nomenclature, also known as a personal name or full name, refers to a set of names by which an individual may be known, that are or can be recited as a group, with the understanding that they all relate to one person.

Hùng Quân 14/5/15 22:44

In some cultures, individuals are known by a single name; in others they may possess a variety of names

Quốc Cường 14/5/15 22:45

some of which are specific to the individual and distinguish that person from other relatives, while others indicate the person's relationship to others, or membership in a family, clan, or other social structure.

Huy Lâm 14/5/15 22:46

In Western culture, nearly all individuals possess at least one given name (also known as a personal name, first name, forename, or Christian name),

Phạm Hiếu 14/5/15 22:47

together with a surname (also known as a family name, last name, or gentile name), indicating that the person belongs to a family, a tribe, or a clan.

Quốc Kiên 14/5/15 22:47

Some Western cultures also use (or once did use) patronymics or matronymics. Similar concepts are present in Eastern cultures.

Lê Tín 14/5/15 22:48

However, in less urbanized areas of the world, many people are known by a single name, and are said to be mononymous.

Vân Nhàn 14/5/15 22:49

Still other cultures lack the concept of specific, fixed names designating people, either individually or collectively.

Huy Quốc 14/5/15 22:50

Certain isolated tribes, such as the Machiguenga of the Amazon, do not use personal names.

Quân Hoàng 14/5/15 22:51

A person's full name usually identifies that person for legal and administrative purposes, although it may not be the name by which the person is commonly known; some people use only a portion of their full name, or are known by titles, nicknames, or other formal or informal designations. The academic study of names is called anthroponymy. It is nearly universal for people to have names; the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child declares that a child has the right to a name from birth.

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