Vietnam lawmakers to draft bill on demonstrations

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Legislators have agreed to draft a bill on demonstrations following a suggestion by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.

"This law is necessary to spell out constitutional regulations and ensure citizen's demonstration rights," said Phan Trung Ly, chairman of the parliament's Legal Committee said at a session of the National Assembly's Standing Committee Wednesday.

"Besides, the government will have a structure to manage demonstrations," Ly added.

Minister of Justice Ha Hung Cuong said Dung had called for a Demonstration Law.

"At a recent government meeting, when discussing laws on organizations, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung"¦ said there is a practical need for such a law.

"He tasked the Ministry of Public Security with drafting it," said Cuong.

There were several gatherings in Hanoi in August to protest against China's wrongful claims and aggressive actions in East Sea, including in Vietnam's Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos.

Hanoi police have rejected accusations that they prevented them, saying they would not prevent residents from expressing their patriotism.

At the Wednesday session, lawmakers agreed to include the bill in their agenda for the next five years, which has 116 laws and 10 ordinances and resolutions.

Deputy Dang Thi Hoang Yen of Long An Province called for a law on protection of privacy.

"Currently, private information and images are being used without permission, but there is no legal basis to prevent this," she said.

But Yen's proposal was rejected along with others on organizations, referendums and writers.

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