Party leader offers incense to late President Ho Chi Minh

Minh Cham looks at the freedom to conduct a business as an advancement of human rights.  Human rights were first spelled out in the declaration of independence of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam in 1945 and then developed in the Constitutions adopted in 1959, 1980, 1992, 2001, and 2013.   Freedom to do business The freedom to do business was acknowledged in the 1992 Constitution, marking a big leap forward in Vietnam’s human rights although there were still restrictions in certain business areas.  The 2013 Constitution defined the freedom to conduct a business as one of the fundamental human rights.  Dr. Nguyen Van Cuong, Director of the Institute of Legal Science of the Ministry of Justice, explained, “Human rights, including the right to do business, are respected and protected by the State. It’s the State’s responsibility. Of course, citizens enjoy business freedom.” Freedom to conduct a business was specified in the 2014 Law on Enterprises and the 2016 revised Law on Investment. Many restrictions on business have been abolished, licensing procedures simplified, and companies’ self-determination expanded.  For the first time, a list of forbidden or conditional businesses was included in a legal document. This was a breakthrough in policy towards transparency and correcting previous errors in setting business conditions.  The 2015 Civil Code provides better protection for citizens’ freedom of ownership and contract. The 2015 Criminal Code, which was revised this year, annuls the illegal business crime. …... [read more]

Every early autumn, the whole nation celebrates historic days. Ba Đình Square in downtown Hà Nội is a must-visit destination for all Hanoians and the Vietnamese people as a whole, as it hosted a ceremony on September 2nd, 1945 to announce the establishment of the Democratic Republic of Việt Nam. National pride: Representatives of people from all walks if life march in procession to celebrate the 70th National Day in September 2016 at Ba Đình Square. VNS Photo Đoàn Tùng Reporters from Vietnam News Agency captured some of the nation’s historic moments. Glorious crowds: A mass meeting gathers thousands of patriots at the square in front of Hà Nội Opera House to launch a revolution to gain power held by the Việt Minh Front on August 17, 1945. VNA/VNS Photo Iconic building: Hanoians take the Tonkin Palace in August 1945 back from the French regime. VNA/VNS Photo Birth of a nation: President Hồ Chí Minh reads the Declaration of Independence on behalf of the provisional government to announce the establishment of the Democratic Republic of Việt Nam. VNA/VNS Photo Historic moment: A scene from the meeting on September 2nd, 1945 at Ba Đình Square to announce the establishment of the Democratic Republic of Việt Nam. VNA/VNS Photo Source VNA ... [read more]

Celebration of Vietnam's National Day in Germany (Photo: VOV) Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnamese Embassy in Germany held a ceremony in Berlin on August 31 to celebrate the 72nd anniversary of Vietnam’s August Revolution Day (August 19) and National Day (September 2). Ambassador Doan Xuan Hung affirmed that the Vietnamese Party and State always attach great importance to developing the strategic partnership with Germany. A similar event was held in Canada’s capital of Ottawa with the participation of over 200 people. Vietnamese Ambassador to Canada Nguyen Duc Hoa said the relations between the two countries have been thriving since they established diplomatic ties in 1973. Currently, Vietnam is the biggest trade partner of Canada in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) with two-way trade reaching nearly 5 billion USD, he noted. Nearly 7,000 Vietnamese students are pursuing education in Canada, which is expected to increase in the coming time, he said. On September 2, 1945, President Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence, declaring to the world the foundation of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, now the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Over the past 72 years, the country has gained significant achievements in various fields such as economics, trade, defense-security, external affairs, and international integration.-VNA... [read more]

The General Association of Vietnamese-Cambodian in Cambodia held a meeting on August 30 to mark the National Day. (Photo: VOV) Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnamese Embassy in South Africa on August 30 held a grand ceremony to mark the 72nd anniversary of Vietnam’s August Revolution Day (August 19) and National Day (September 2). Speaking at the ceremony, Vietnamese Ambassador to South Africa Vu Van Dung recalled the country’s historical milestone when President Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence at Ba Dinh Square 72 years ago, officially giving birth to the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, now the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. The more than seven decades have witnessed Vietnamese people’s tremendous efforts to overcome challenges to protect national freedom and independence as well as promote national construction, he highlighted. The Vietnamese Ambassador underlined that the Vietnamese Party and Government always cherish comprehensive partnership relations with South Africa, hoping that the two countries will further effective cooperation in fields of economy, trade, education, security and defence and environment protection. He expressed his delight over strong cooperation in various sectors between the two nations with two-way trade standing at over 1.2 billion USD in 2016. They are targeting to increase bilateral trade to 3 billion USD by 2020, he added. Meanwhile, Edward Xolisa Makaya, Chief Director for Africa at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa stated that both sides need to take advantage of the sound traditional political relations, including …... [read more]

A ceremony to mark the 72nd anniversary of National Day was held by the Vietnamese Embassy in the Republic of Korea (RoK) on August 29. (Photo: VNA) Seoul (VNA) – The Vietnamese Embassy in the Republic of Korea (RoK) on August 29 held a ceremony to mark the 72nd anniversary of National Day (September 2) and the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The event was attended by RoK Minister of Interior and Safety Kim Boo-kyum, RoK Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Cho Hyun, representatives from foreign embassies and international organisations in the host country, RoK-Vietnam friendship association, and Vietnamese people in the country. Speaking at the ceremony, Vietnamese Ambassador to the RoK Nguyen Vu Tu recalled the country’s historical milestones, including when President Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence at Ba Dinh Square 72 years ago, officially giving birth to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. The seven-decade road has seen Vietnamese people’s efforts to protect national freedom and independence and promote national construction, he said. He expressed his delight that Vietnam has become a middle income country and experiences average annual economic growth of about 7 percent. The country has diplomatic ties with more than 170 nations worldwide and is a proactive member of many international organisations, Tu said, adding that Vietnam is hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit 2017. Vietnam cherishes relations with the RoK, he said, stating that similarities in culture and history…... [read more]

To justify its comments, the US Department of State listed a number of actions taken by the Vietnamese Government that are alleged to have violated fundamental human rights. Among them, the department said Vietnamese people holding different views still face detention. On what ground could the department come up with such a biased judgement when there was no suppression or imprisonment of dissidents in Vietnam, except for some people who attempted to undermine the efforts of the law-governed VietnameseState to protect the stability and unification of the country. While Vietnamese people were jubilantly celebrating the traditional lunar New Year Festival (Tet) three weeks ago, a group of extremists led by Nguyen Van Ly in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue contacted and joined reactionary elements overseas in an attempt to undermine the cause of national construction and development. On February 18, the police took legal proceedings against Ly on charges of producing, storing and distributing anti-Vietnamese State material. In early March, the investigating police also arrested Nguyen Van Dai and Le Thi Cong Nhan in Hanoi on charges of dispersing such material. Any nation and any genuine government in the world would strictly deal with law-breakers. The Vietnamese Government’s above-mentioned action was only aimed at consolidating the country’s socio-political stability, creating favourable conditions for economic development, improving people’s living conditions and better protecting fundamental human rights. Only those still bearing a grudge against Vietnam are brazen enough to accuse it of violating human rights. The US Department of State falsely…... [read more]

With regards to Vietnam, the department spent more than 50 pages looking at the practices of almost all fundamental human rights in the country, including the right to freedom of speech, press, assembly and democracy as well as policies on these issues. According to the report, all political opposition movements in Vietnam are prohibited and so-called dissidents continue to be arrested and detained. The report goes on to state that the National Assembly elections in May 2007 were “neither free nor fair”. These are biased and groundless allegations about the situation in Vietnam. In Vietnam, no one is arrested for holding different political and religious views. Only those who act illegally face legal charges. In May 2007 National Assembly elections were a major national political event. Vietnamese voters went to the poll to cast their ballots in a free, fair and democratic manner to fulfil their civic responsibility and obligation. This was acknowledged by many foreigners, including politicians from western countries, while visiting Vietnam on the occasion of the elections. Country Director of the World Bank in Vietnam Ajay Chibber has stated that no place in Vietnam has been left behind in poverty reduction efforts. The country has achieved equitable development in education, trade and infrastructure. Notably, the literacy rate in Vietnam has risen to 95 percent, which is higher than in other dynamically developing economies such as China and India. About 95 percent of the households have been connected to the national power grid compared to 50 percent in…... [read more]

VOV in the front line of emulation A week after its establishment, two VOV news bulletins in English and French appeared in the first transmission of the Vietnam News Agency. In the following years VOV joined efforts with the Vietnamese people in the protracted resistance wars against French colonialists and US imperialists, as well as with its affiliates such as the Vocie of Southern Resistance, Saigon-Cho Lon, Interregion Five, Liberation CP90, Northwest-Northern Vietnam-Cao Bac Lang and Tram Cave broadcasting stations, Bach Mai, Me Tri and CK2 transmitting stations and others in the formation of a united voice of Vietnam. In the resistance war against French colonialists, VOV had to relocate its station for 14 times to ensure its broadcasts uninterrupted. After the US air blitz over Hanoi on the nights of Dec. 21 and 22, 1972, the technical facilities of VOV were badly damaged, but the Voice of Vietnam continued echoing over the country and some parts of the world. Hundreds of VOV’s reporters, singers and artists engaged in the two protracted resistance war. Dozens of them laid down their lives on the battlefield. The current archives of VOV still keeps 30,000 broadcasting hours or 50,000 programmes on tapes and discs which are of historical value. They have been digitalized for long-term maintenance and use such as real sound from the old battles, plants, construction sites, immortal songs, particularly Ho Chi Minh’s voice reading the Declaration of Independence and appealing for national resistance, and Saigon puppet generals’ statement of surrender.…... [read more]

The main streets leading to Hoan Kiem Lake, West Lake and Thong Nhat Park, had filled up with people. Tran Van Tien, a resident of Hanoi, said that his family had come to find a good spot very early. Set off at 9:00pm, the fireworks display was really a spectacular event, broadcast live on VTV. Together with the display, people also had the chance to enjoy a concert, which included more than 400 singers and dancers, martial artists, and pupils from around the capital city. The event began with a Lion dance, followed by a performance of VOVINAM (Vietnamese martial art), and songs about the Vietnamese people and their country. The audience also enjoyed video clips featuring Hanoi’s history, from the Dinh Dynasty to the day when President Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence (September 2, 1945). Firework displays and concert were also held in other locations across the country to celebrate National Day.... [read more]

Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh and State President Nguyen Minh Triet sent baskets of flowers to congratulate the VNA. National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Phu Trong and President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee Huynh Dam attended the event. At the ceremony, participants commemorated President Ho Chi Minh – the beloved leader of the nation and the founder of the VNA (previously called Viet Nam Thong tan xa and now Thong tan xa Vietnam) – as well as fallen combatants, including more than 260 VNA staff members, who had laid down their lives for the Fatherland’s independence and freedom. Recalling the VNA’s 65-year history, General Director Tran Mai Huong said that on September 15, 1945, the VNA transmitted to the world its first bulletin in Vietnamese, English and French that featured the historic Declaration of Independence read by President Ho Chi Minh at Ba Dinh Square to establish the Democratic Republic of Vietnam 13 days ago, along with the member list of the Provisional Government of the new Vietnam. That historic day became the founding day of the VNA. Having joined the entire nation in the struggles for national liberation, re-unification, construction and development, generations of VNA officials and reporters have upheld the spirit of bravery and readiness for sacrifice and hardship to contribute remarkably to the common cause and make up the glorious tradition of a State-owned news agency. The VNA has already been honoured with two Hero titles, namely the Hero of the People’s Armed Forces during…... [read more]

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