Errors found in Vietnam's new Penal Code
The 2015 Penal Code, scheduled to apply on July 1, has been found yesterday to contain around 90 errors, which could create many practical problems. The National Assembly’s Standing Committee has requested an urgent vote to defer an amended version of the Penal Code after finding many errors in the legislation, only days before it is set to come into effect. The deferment voting result will be announced on June 30.
Since the Penal Code was approved back in November last year, ENV has already recognized the many technical errors within the relevant articles to wildlife protection and therefore, has been asking relevant agencies to deal with it. Even though it is unfortunate to see the delay, ENV feels positive about this news. Hopefully the decision makers can take this opportunity to perfect the Penal Code so that we can someday finally put a stop to the illegal trade of wildlife in Vietnam.