Provided by Bill Laurie
|OVERHAUL OF THE VIETNAMESE CONSTITUTION|
Vietnam's government has asked its citizens to debate planned revisions to the country's constitution. But when journalist Nguyen Dac Kien weighed in on his blog, he quickly discovered the limits of its willingness for discussion. His state-run paper fired him the next day.
Kien had taken issue with a statement by the Communist Party chief in which he said discussions over the revisions should not include questions over the role of the party.
A group of several hundred
well-known intellectuals, including a former justice minister, have
circulated an online petition calling for multiparty elections, private
land ownership, respect for human rights and the separation of the
branches of government. More than 5,000 people have signed it.