Do not always rely on the so-called "prisoners of conscience"

SATURDAY, 20/02/2021 12:36:00

Recently, the hostile and reactionary forces have continued to cling to those who are the so- called "prisoners of conscience" to oppose Vietnam through democracy and human rights issues.


However, in retrospect, those offensive tactics in the end are trying to make distorted allegations, contrary to the law and reality requirements to deceive public opinion about the human rights guarantee situation in our country.

In a report released in mid-January, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) said that in 2020, the Vietnamese government has increased its repression towards the advocates  of basic civil and political rights, especially the right to freedom of expression, the right to association... Recently, a number of people who do not have goodwill towards Vietnam have said that, due to the fear of decreasing economic interests and due to the failure of trade agreements, the US and the European Union (EU) as well as some other countries are ignoring human rights violations against "prisoners of conscience" in Vietnam. Meanwhile, it’s obvious to everyone that, via the annual human rights dialogues, Vietnam has had frank, open and constructive exchange with the US or the EU about the actual situation and challenges of each side in the promotion and assurance of human rights. Vietnam's efforts and achievements in this field have also been acknowledged by the international community and its partners.

Last year, there was information appearing many times on social networks that "prisoners of conscience" in Vietnamese prisons were frequently mistreated, threatened, even beaten, given insufficient food and drink... It seems not enough to drive public opinion, the hostile forces turn to play "antics" by saying that the Covid-19 pandemic is causing strong impacts on public health, including both the impact and the risk of spreading to prisons and detention centers in Vietnam and therefore "the Vietnamese government must offer special amnesty and release all political prisoners and conscience prisoners".

They deliberately forget that special amnesty is the benevolent policy of the Party and the State and demonstrates the humanitarian tradition of the Vietnamese people towards offenders, encouraging them to repent, drill and work to be honest again 

After the National Assembly of Vietnam passed the Law on Special Amnesty in 2007, over the years, the President has given several special amnesty decisions, released many prisoners sentenced to termed imprisonment. The effectiveness of the special amnesty is also demonstrated by the low recidivism rate, the vast majority of offenders who receive special amnesty after being released from prison have raised their awareness and improved towards honesty, many of them even become examples of “good persons, good deeds”. The above facts prove that, special amnesty is the humanitarian policy of the Party and the State and it has actually been recognized and agreed by the domestic community, international opinion, and people who are interested in the human rights situation in Vietnam.

The special amnesty shows the humanitarian and humanity, but not for all subjects. Prisoners can only be granted amnesty, released early if they admit their mistakes and prove their determination to be honest by strictly obeying the regulations of the prison. In other words, special amnesty depends on the personal re-education and improvement of the inmates, not on the unreasonable calls or demands from any individuals or organizations.

Thereby, it is easy to see that the reactionary and political forces are not willing to acknowledge the achievements in ensuring human rights in Vietnam, on the contrary, they are trying to make use of every opportunities and tricks to deny such achievements. For the people who are labeled "prisoners of conscience", they are just a temporary tool in the hands of those who are plotting to play a human rights game against Vietnam.




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