Amnesty reflects Vietnam’s humanitarian policy

11/09/2015


On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Vietnam’s National Day, September 2snd, Vietnam has pardoned approximately 18,000 prisoners, the largest number ever. It reflects the Vietnamese Party, and State’s lenient policy and Vietnam’s humanitarian tradition.
In response to the President’s decision on amnesty, the Ministry of Public Security, Inspectorate, Supreme People’s Court and Ministry of Justice have made necessary preparations to ensure that the release is promptly carried out in accordance with legal regulations.
Major General Nguyen Ngoc Bang, General Director of the General Department of Criminal Sentence Enforcement and Judicial Assistance of the Ministry of Public Security said that this year’s amnesty process will be transparent, strict, democratic and prompt without discrimination between Vietnamese and foreigners: “We are determined to name the right people as eligible for amnesty. We will evaluate each and every prisoner, make a list of them and send it to the Central Council to review and submit to the President for approval. This year, a number of foreigners are eligible for amnesty”.
Vietnam decided to grant amnesty for 18,539 inmates, included 1,449 drug-related criminals, 2,188 murders, 1,363 inmates for raping and 512 for corruption and economic mismanagement. The figure included 34 foreigners, six Laotians, one Cambodian, one Thai, two Australians, 16 Chinese, six Malaysians and two Filipinos.
Vietnam’s leniency policy has had a positive impact on society. It encourages prisoners to obey prison regulations and make restitution for their crimes so they can go home early. According to the Ministry of Public Security, only 0.73% of 2013’s pardoned prisoners have committed new crimes. The amnesty strengthens people’s trust in the Party and State’s leniency policy.
Amnesty helps to reduce State spending for prisoners. Transparency and democracy in implementing amnesty and disseminating amnesty-related information reassures foreign human rights organizations about Vietnam’s clemency policy.
Vietnam’s lenient policy is also reflected in its efforts to help ex-prisoners integrate into the community. Mr. Bang again:“The Central Advisory Council on Amnesty has asked localities to help ex-prisoners integrate into the community. It’s important to eliminate discrimination against ex-prisoners and give them jobs”.
Most pardoned prisoners quickly stabilize their lives and effectively integrate into the community. Many of them have become successful and taken an active role in humanitarian activities.
Since the Law on Amnesty was approved by the National Assembly in 2007, thousands of prisoners have been released on major occasions in Vietnam. 
“The amnesty reflects the humanitarian nature of the [Communist] Party and state of Vietnam, and is aimed at encouraging the inmates to become useful citizens,” told Giang Son, deputy manager of the president’s office.
However, there is a problem of external interference when human rights groups, along with the U.S. and some Western governments, such as the New York-based Amnesty International has sent a letter to Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and Minister of Public Security General Tran Dai Quang to still complain and unreasonably demand the immediate and unconditional release of all prisoners of conscience in Vietnam, including Thich Quang Do, Ta Phong Tan, Tran Huynh Duy Thuc and Nguyen Van Ly. Who are those people? They are persons who violated Vietnamese laws, so they must be punished by Vietnamese authorities, no one can intervene that, even US.
 In the Declaration of Independence, President HCM quoted the US Declaration of Independence of 1766 and the French Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen of 1791 to confirm the rights of Vietnamese people. President HCM intended the Vietnamese revolution to be a continuation of universal human evolution. Turning human rights into national rights was President HCM’s strategic view, which is of great importance for Vietnam today. So, those violated laws and committed crimes against the national interests are not be deserved and will not be freed on the occasion. That’s reasonable and belongs to Vietnam’s mandate as an independent country./.
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All comments [ 11 ]


Deck Hero14 11/9/15 19:18

Vietnam’s lenient policy is also reflected in its efforts to help ex-prisoners integrate into the community.

Only Solidar 11/9/15 19:19

It reflects the Vietnamese Party, and State’s lenient policy and Vietnam’s humanitarian tradition.

yobro yobro 11/9/15 19:20

So full of human rights and democracy, Vietnam.

John Smith 11/9/15 19:22

Vietnam needs to ensure that the release is promptly carried out in accordance with legal regulations, no prisoners who could be a threat to national security would be freed.

Gentle Moon 11/9/15 19:23

They are persons who violated Vietnamese laws, so they must be punished by Vietnamese authorities, no one can intervene that, even US.

Love Peace 11/9/15 19:24

I agree with you, Gentle Moon, it's Vietnam's internal affairs.

Jane smartnic 11/9/15 19:59

Transparency and democracy in implementing amnesty and disseminating amnesty-related information reassures foreign human rights organizations about Vietnam’s clemency policy.

MaskOf Zero 11/9/15 20:00

The amnesty strengthens people’s trust in the Party and State’s leniency policy.

Only Solidar 11/9/15 20:01

It encourages prisoners to obey prison regulations and make restitution for their crimes so they can go home early.

LawrenceSamuels 11/9/15 20:03

After amnesty, it’s important to eliminate discrimination against ex-prisoners and give them jobs.

Pack Cassiopian 11/9/15 20:04

Most pardoned prisoners quickly stabilize their lives and effectively integrate into the community. Many of them have become successful and taken an active role in humanitarian activities.

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