Lawmakers want gov't to apply mind before legislating on sex reassignment

By Truong Son, Thanh Nien News

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A campaign held in Ho Chi Minh City in March to promote rights for transgender people in Vietnam. Photo: Minh Hung A campaign held in Ho Chi Minh City in March to promote rights for transgender people in Vietnam. Photo: Minh Hung

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The National Assembly’s Law Committee has urged the government to study the issue further before deciding to recognize sex reassignment, saying its proposed amendments to the Civil Code are contradictory.
Under the law, expected to be voted on by year end, sex reassignment will not be legal, but those who "have completed the change" can ask authorities to amend their personal records accordingly.
But Phan Trung Ly, chairman of the committee, said Tuesday the government should not allow documents to be changed if it no longer recognizes sex change.
But the law will continue to allow people to reassign their sex due to medical reasons like intersex, and the committee has expressed support for this, merely saying the government needs to issue detailed guidelines on legitimate cases.
Rules of naming
Responding to a government proposal to limit Vietnamese citizens' names to 25 characters that are Vietnamese and not numerals, the law committee dismissed it as "unnecessary".
If a name is too long or contains numbers, it would do not affect security or the society or community's well-being, Ly said.
As explanation for the recommendation, Minister of Justice Ha Hung Cuong said though naming a child is one's right, it needs to be regulated considering that recently there were reports about names not appropriate for Vietnamese customs.

 

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