Another prejudice against Vietnam’s democracy and human rights (Part 1)

03/05/2017
Kết quả hình ảnh cho Another prejudice against Vietnam’s democracy and human rights
“The Country Report on Human Rights Practices for 2016” recently released by the US Department of State continues to make wrongful judgements about Vietnam’s democracy and human rights. It is still prejudiced against Vietnam’s democracy and human rights practices.
Like previous years, the countries listed in the report have voiced protests agaist the US Report. Some country has strongly opposed the Report with responded statements of the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and shown evidences on the US systematic violation of human rights; others have responded by keeping silence which is also a way to protest the Report.
Though some of the cases stipulated in the Report did exist, they were trivial ones, did not represent the nature of Vietnam’s human rights practice. Many contents of the Report related to Vietnam are erroneous, due to its prejudice and discrimination against Vietnam. On March 13th 2017, Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam answered questions asked by reporters relating to the Report: “Vietnam consistently advocates protecting and promoting basic human rights of its people. The country’s efforts have been acknowledged and highly valued by the international community. Vietnam is always willing to discuss in a frank, open, and constructive manner with all countries,  including the US, any remaining differences. So far, Vietnam and the US have held 20 rounds of annual bilateral dialogue on human rights. The US State Department’s Human Rights Report for 2016 acknowledged some of Vietnam’s achievements in human rights protection but still makes some prejudiced remarks that do not reflect the real situation in the country. The following points will help us understand more clearly.
First, the Report criticized the Vietnam National Assembly for the delayed approval of several laws; however, this is necessary. The reason for this delay is that there remain errors in both details and contents of the laws. That clearly proves the responsibility of the NA deputies.
As for the Law on Associations, deputies and the press have pointed out its errors. Moreover, there remain different views on articles of the Draft Law on Associations, i.e. the prohibition on receiving foreign aid, and several other contents. As for the Penal Code, Vice Chairman of Judicial Affairs Committee of the National Assembly Nguyen Van Luat revealed that “The Penal Code 2015 got technical mistakes. If it is enacted, it may lead to cases of unjust judgements”.

The Human Right Report for 2016 showed that the U.S. deliberately “ignored” the Vietnam National Assembly’s efforts to protect rights of the people, including the passing of the Law on Belief and Religion (2016). The law has expanded the subjects enjoying the right (it covers all citizens, not only Vietnamese citizens). It has limited complicated formalities when religious organizations practise their rituals. The Law on Belief and Religion (2016) had one chapter for the right to freedom of belief and religion. It stipulates that the right to freedom of belief and religion is recognized, respected, ensured and protected under the Constitution and law by the Vietnam Government. It also specifies basic principles of the right to freedom of belief and religion, rights and obligations of belief and religion followers and religious organizations.

Second, the Report stated that “Vietnam tightly controls and censors the press and the Internet”. This evaluation follows an old path and repeats existed bias. The freedom of speech, press and  Internet in Vietnam and other countries must satisfy the two requirements: ensuring the right of speech and press of the people and preventing the activities taking advantage of this right to violate the rights and the benefits of the State and the society. That is also stipulated in many international conventions on human rights. Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights states: “1. Everyone shall have the right to hold opinions without interference. 2. Everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his choice. 3. The exercise of the rights provided for in paragraph 2 of this article carries with it special duties and responsibilities. It may therefore be subject to certain restrictions, but these shall only be such as are provided by law and are necessary: (a) For respect of the rights or reputations of others; (b) For the protection of national security or of public order (ordre public), or of public health or morals”.    
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Pack Cassiopian 5/5/17 11:08

Some domestic elements and overseas reactionary organisations are acting against the Party, the State and the socialist regime in Vietnam under the label of “democracy” and “human rights”.

Deck Hero14 5/5/17 11:09

This label is supported by some hostile overseas forces. It is necessary to unmask, criticise and fight against this wrong move in a timely fashion to make everyone see their true colours and evil nature.

Only Solidar 5/5/17 11:09

These people have had obvious, systematic and opportunist political views and nurtured a big political ambition.

MaskOf Zero 5/5/17 11:10

Some of them adopt the cloak of religion, some are political malcontents, dissatisfied and wavering, while some others have vague understanding, cannot distinguish between right and wrong, and are incited and misguided in the wrong way.

Love Peace 5/5/17 11:11

Their final goal is to weaken the Communist Party of Vietnam toward the elimination of the Party leadership of the society.

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