Vietnam’s Police Force To Be Given “License To Kill” On Duty; The Regime Is Legalizing Lethal Force On Dissidents

Commentary: It has been a common occurrence in Vietnam that people are beaten up to death during the custody at police station. About a dozen persons are found dead yearly for minor traffic violations during the police custody. Such victims rarely get the justice they deserve as the perpetrators or police officers hide behind the protection “accidents during police duty,” who receive usually very light sentence of a few years.cops

In a real democracy, such occurrence of murders during the police custody, the minister of Interior or Public Security may have been forced to resign because the minister is held accountable for the actions or bad behaviors of his subordinates. In Vietnam, the minister of Public Security is unharmed by the scandalous murders and instead is further promoted to the Major General rank.

Nowadays, the Vietnamese authorities plan to give “carte blanche” or “license to kill” to the police and security forces to use against any resistance. The motive of this new bill has more implications than just purely to allow the security force agents to defend themselves. This bill wants to intimidate the citizens with democratic aspirations and human rights activity. The regime is legalizing the use of force on its citizens if Spring may arrive to Vietnam.

cops1Under a draft regulation proposed by the Ministry of Public Security, police in Vietnam including traffic officers are allowed to shoot their aggressive attackers with guns in a bid to curb the increasing violent assaults on law-enforcement forces.image

Tran Vi Dan, deputy head of the Legislation Department under the Ministry of Public Security, said that the draft is aimed at protecting on-duty officers but does not allow them to abuse power.

Under the draft, on-duty officers are permitted to use force and assisting instruments (e.g bludgeons, tasers) to overpower and detain their attackers in case the assault shows signs of a “not-serious crime” and allowed to use guns if the assault is deemed a “very serious crime”.

Statistics show that more than 8,500 assaults on-duty officers have been reported and 13,700 assaulters have been detained in the past 10 years.

Accordingly, police took criminal proceedings against 11,000 assaulters in 6,900 cases, 90 percent of whom acted against police forces involved in traffic safety, social orders, and drug crimes.


The draft has ignited disagreement from some.

Colonel Mai Van Tan, former chief of criminal investigation at the Social Order Department, supported this proposed regulation, citing a reason that criminals, gangs and some violators are becoming more aggressive and ready to attack on-duty officers with deadly weapons.

“It is necessary to open fire if violators not only ignore orders but also attack police with knives and swords,” he said.

Meanwhile, lawyer Ha Hai of the Ho Chi Minh City’s Lawyers’ Association, show his concerns that it could lead to power abuse among police forces.

Hai called for more detailed guidelines on cases where guns are allowed.

“I think police should open fire in some cases where their lives are really in danger. For other cases, they should implement detention measures,” he added.

Agreeing with Hai, professor Dang Ngoc Dinh, director of Community Development Study Center, said the proposal should be carefully considered before being made into law.

“Police should use martial skills or assisting instruments to constrain violators,” he suggested.

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One Response to Vietnam’s Police Force To Be Given “License To Kill” On Duty; The Regime Is Legalizing Lethal Force On Dissidents

  1. Licence to kill is the bush legal system of the most gang, Vietnam communist party is the super gang, since 1930, leader Ho Chi Minh allowed his member kill people under the title” revolution” and social reform, caste struggle…the massacre of landlord reform at North after 1954, Tet offensive 1968 at Hue, the death of hundred thousand member of ARVN, public servant after Vietcong took over by unpredicted victory on April 30, 1975…all the killing to be proud by communist, so they have never shown the remorse, but they concern the killing is the” revolution moral”…
    Nowadays, Vietcong regime frightens people uprising as Middle East, or before in Russia, Eastern Europe communist bloc, then they promote and reconfirm themselves the licence, it is just” microway” the bush legal had since 1930.
    Ho Chi Minh and his communist party have applied the license to kill long, long time ago, multiple million victims and family have never forgotten.
    Vietcong regime is the evil, super gang, so the Public security guard ( cong an) is the backbone to keep the ruthless regime remains.
    Vietnamese people want freedom, democracy and independent, have to stand up as the most” realistic revolution”, but fighting with Vietcong by signature, petition, calling eliminate the section 4 of constitution and contribution the good idea…those don’t work, but help Vietcong survival. Gandhi applied peaceful revolution with non violence, but he organized many protests on road with ten thousands of people…

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