ARTICLE 19 warns that proposed amendments to the 1992 Constitution for the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (Draft Constitution) fail to protect fundamental human rights, in particular the right to freedom of expression and information. Protections for these rights must be formulated more comprehensively and in more precise language, and broad and discriminatory restrictions must be removed.
ARTICLE 19 welcomes the initiative of the National Assembly to amend Vietnam’s Constitution and publically circulate the Draft Constitution for open consultations. We welcome the opportunity to contribute our analysis of the amendments, and hope that this is of assistance to the Vietnamese government and other domestic stakeholders in terms of understanding Vietnam’s obligations under international human rights law.
Despite the many shortcomings of the proposed amendments, including those discussed below, the proposed revisions include some positive features, namely: Continue reading