The Rule of Law or the Rule by Law: Crime and Punishment in Vietnam

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[May 9, 2011]

The Rule of Law or the Rule by Law: Crime and Punishment in Vietnam

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On April 30, in a report made public at the Conference on the Rule of law for human rights in the ASEAN region held by the Human Rights Resource Centre for ASEAN (HRRCA) in Jakarta, Indonesia, Vo Van Ai, President of Que Me: Action for Democracy in Vietnam and the Vietnam Committee for Human Rights called on Vietnam to urgently reform its legal system and bring domestic legislation into line with international human rights laws. The report, “The Rule of Law or the Rule by Law: Crime and Punishment in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam,” examines provisions in the Vietnamese Constitution, Penal Code, Criminal Procedures Code, Press Law, Labor Code, Ordinance on Religion and Belief, and numerous Decisions and Decrees that restrict freedom of expression, opinion, the press, religion, association and assembly.