|Decorative light systems are installed around Hoan Kiem (Returned Sword) Lake to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Viet Nam's National Day and the August Revolution. — VNS Photo Doan Tung
HA NOI (VNS) — Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc yesterday announced an amnesty for 285 Vietnamese and 14 foreign inmates in the Thanh Xuan Detention Centre in Ha Noi. Another 851 inmates at Thu Duc Prison in Ham Tan District in central Binh Thuan Province were also released.
Altogether, a total of more than 18,000 inmates in prisons and detention centres across Viet Nam are being released to mark the 70th anniversary of the nation's National Day and the August Revolution. The amnesty reflects the country's humanitarian tradition and recognition of prisoners' efforts to reform.
The deputy PM said the amnesty was carefully carried out in the spirit of mercy, transparency and democracy. He praised local authorities for supporting inmates in their return to normal life.
Statistics from the Ministry of Public Security show that more than 82 per cent of inmates released early during the last ten years successfully re-integrated into society. Only about three per cent re-offended. Occasionally this was down to one per cent.
Phuc congratulated the inmates on behalf of the State, the Party and the Central Amnesty Consultative Committee. He said he hoped they could overcome their errors and regain confidence with the support of their families.
Phuc urged local authorities to treat the inmates with fairness and help them return to society, especially when they were first released.
In addition to amnesty, sentences were reduced for many prisoners showing good behaviour.
Phuc also praised the police's effort as well as other agencies, who contributed to the success of this year amnesty decision.
Also at the meeting, Phuc presented ten inmates, who showed exceptional behaviour and progress, with an official document noting their release.
In the morning, chairman of the HCM City People's Committee led a delegation of the city's leaders and officials visit the Ho Chi Minh Museum and pay respect to the country's founding father President Ho Chi Minh and late President Ton Duc Thang.
Nearly 800 reporters including 87 foreign journalists from 145 press agencies in Viet Nam and abroad have registered to cover the grand parade marking the 70th anniversary of the August Revolution (August 19) and National Day (September 2).
The national committee for major events organisation opened a press centre in Ha Noi yesterday at the National Assembly House to support reporters.
Deputy minister of information and communications Truong Minh Tuan promised good conditions for domestic and foreign reporters covering the country's celebrations, especially the grand parade on September 2.
The official expressed his hope that press agencies would broadcast the events swiftly and accurately to people of all social strata.
He urged journalists to abide by the committee's regulations to ensure security and safety for the event.
The parade, which will be broadcast live on the Viet Nam Television, is expected to involve 30,000 people, including representatives from armed forces and various social backgrounds such as war veterans, workers, farmers, entrepreneurs, youth, women and ethnic people.
Prior to the march, a 21-gun salute will be fired from the Thang Long Royal Citadel, said the committee.
On September 1, leaders from the Party, State, Viet Nam Fatherland Front and Ha Noi will pay tribute to President Ho Chi Minh at his mausoleum and to heroic martyrs at their monuments in the capital city.
Following the march, an art performance will be held featuring many famous singers.
Another music show will be held on the evening of September 2. There will be firework displays in five locations across Ha Noi, including Hoan Kiem Lake, Thong Nhat Park, Van Quan Lake, My Dinh Stadium, and West Lake.
The department of culture and sports of Ha Noi said they have finished installing large LED displays along the streets where the parade will take place, including Nguyen Thai Hoc, Kim Ma, Lieu Giai, Hang Khay and Trang Tien. Live reports of the parade will be broadcast on these displays.— VNS