Hanoi (dpa) – More than 18,500 Vietnamese prisoners were to be
granted clemency for National Day on September 2, but no political
prisoners will be released, authorities said Friday.
Under the two directives of President Truong Tan Sang, 18,539
inmates will be granted amnesty, Giang Son, deputy chairman of the
President’s Office, said at a press conference.
Among them, 34 foreigners to be released included 16 from China, six
from Malaysia, six from Laos and two from Australia, deputy Foreign
Minister Ha Kim Ngoc said.
The amnesty showed the “mercy of the party and the country and the
humanitarian tradition of the Vietnamese nation,” Son said.
National Day marks the anniversary of Vietnam’s declaration of
independence from France in 1945.
Inmates will be released from prisons starting Monday.
Despite domestic and internationals protests on their behalf, none of
Vietnam’s many prisoners of conscience are being released.
More than 135 individuals are being held as political prisoners for
criticizing the Hanoi government, according to New York-based Human