in vain to stop Indonesia from executing a Vietnamese drug convict, Vietnam,where heroin trafficking is rampant,sentenced eight drug mules to death. Earlier, on January 5, following blanket media coverage about appeals by death row inmates, the apex prosecutors’ office had launched a review of 16 convictions that showed signs of miscarriage of justice. On December 4, a day before a murder convict was to be executed by lethal injection,President Truong Tan Sang had ordered a last-minute reprieve and instructed related agencies to investigate if there had been a wrongful conviction. In a country where death sentences are often handed down to those convicted of drug offences and murder, analysts increasingly raise two major questions: Has the death penalty played any role in deterring those crimes? And, in the context of increasingly disturbing media reports about wrongful convictions, how can Vietnam ensure innocent people are not executed? There is a third, possibly more … [Read more...] about Is Vietnam ready to abolish death penalty?
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The U.S. Supreme Court declined on Monday to decide once and for all whether states can ban gay marriage, a surprising move that will allow gay men and women to get married in five additional states, with more likely to follow quickly. On the first day of its new term, the high court without comment rejected appeals in cases involving five states - Virginia, Oklahoma, Utah, Wisconsin and Indiana - that had prohibited gay marriage, leaving intact lower-court rulings striking down those bans. As a result, the number of states permitting gay marriage would jump from 19 to 24, likely soon to be followed by six more states that are bound by the regional federal appeals court rulings that had struck down other bans. That would leave another 20 states that prohibit same-sex marriage. But the move by the nine justices to sidestep the contentious issue means there will be no imminent national ruling on the matter, with litigation likely to continue in states with bans. "Any time same-sex … [Read more...] about US Supreme Court dodges gay marriage, allowing weddings in five more states
Visiting US lawyers vow to seek justice for Agent Orange victims (20-09-2005) Agent Orange victims are appealing the dismissal of their lawsuit against the US chemical firms that made and supplied the chemicals sprayed over Viet Nam during the war. Briefs will be submitted to the US Court of Appeals on September 30. We will attempt to get " the decision by the District Court reversed and get the case reinstated," said Jonathan Moore, who led a delegation of US lawyers to Viet Nam from September 13-18. Purpose of the visit was to consult with the Vietnamese Agent Orange Victims Association (VAVA) about the upcoming appeal and Moore was answering questions from Vietnam News Agency reporters in Ha Noi during the weekend. The edited interview follows: Please speak about your working visit and talks with the VAVA? The purpose of our visit has been to consult with our clients in the VAVA about the upcoming filing of our brief in the Court of Appeals, New York, where we will attempt to get … [Read more...] about Visiting US lawyers vow to seek justice for Agent Orange victims
Justice system strives for proper balance to ensure legal fairness (10-11-2008) Tran Quoc Vuong, Director of the Supreme People's Procuracy spoke with Thoi bao Kinh te Viet Nam (Vietnam Economic Times) about concern over the number of cases not brought to trial. There has been a lot of public concern about the fact that a number of police investigations have been stopped before suspects are brought to trial. Can you comment on this? I must say there are more cases brought to court than those that escape trial. Cases only get to court when there is enough evidence. Only by doing that can we make sure justice is fair to everyone. Sometimes a suspect is held in custody for a long time before being released because there is insufficient evidence against him/her. The responsibility would then rest on the work of the investigation agency, including the investigators themselves. Investigators' poor professional competency could be a key factor in such cases. In my opinion, one of the … [Read more...] about Justice system strives for proper balance to ensure legal fairness
Moral force: Lawmaker Xuan inspects confiscated anaesthetics and an ultrasound machine that were used to extract bear bile at a farm in Ha Long City. — File Photos by To Hang National Assembly deputy Nguyen Dinh Xuan was surprised to discover he had been chosen to receive an award from Switzerland's Berne City for his bear-preservation efforts. However, he realised the award had been made due to the historic link the city had with bears. "It's the first prize for a wildlife conservationist in Viet Nam. I'm very proud of it," Xuan said. The legislator received the award from Berne's Mayor Alexander Tschaeppaet in late April. Why bears? When asked why he was given an award for protecting bears, Xuan explained that as director of Lo Go Xa Mat National Park in the southern province of Tay Ninh, he was responsible for the conservation of a range of different animals, not only bears. However, bears have become severely endangered over the past few years due to the cruel practice of … [Read more...] about Assembly member fights to protect bears