Capital punishment in Vietnam
Twenty-nine articles in the Penal Code allow the death penalty as an optional punishment. Executions were once carried out by a firing squad of seven policemen, where the prisoners were blindfolded and tied to stakes. The firing squad was replaced by lethal injection in November 2011 after the Law on Execution of Criminal Judgments (in article 59(1)) was passed by the National Assembly. The drugs used to executed prisoners are produced domestically.
In November 2015, a revision of the Penal Code that severely curtailed the death penalty was passed. Under the new regulations, which take effect on July 1, 2016, the death penalty will be abolished for seven crimes: surrendering to the enemy, opposing order, destruction of projects of national security importance, robbery, drug possession, drug appropriation, and the production and trade of fake food. In addition, those 75 or older will be exempt, and officials convicted of corruption charges can be spared if they pay back at least 75% of the profits they illicitly obtained.
It cannot be applied to juvenile offenders, pregnant women, and women nursing children under 36 months old at the time the crime was committed or being tried. These cases are commuted to life imprisonment.
Between August 6, 2013 and June 30, 2016, Vietnam executed 429 people. 1,134 people were sentenced to death between July 2011 and June 2016. The number of individuals on death row is not known.
Crimes carrying capital punishment in Vietnam
According to the Penal Code, the following chapters contain the relevant articles that apply to capital punishment.
|XI - Crimes Of Infringing Upon National Security||78, 79, 80, 82, 83, 84, 85|
|XII - Crimes Of Infringing Upon Human Life, Health, Dignity And Honor||93, 111, 112|
|XIII - Crimes Of Infringing Upon Citizens Democratic Freedoms||None|
|XIV - Crimes Of Infringing Upon Ownership Rights||133, 139|
|XV - Crimes Of Infringing Upon The Marriage And Family Regimes||None|
|XVI - Crimes Of Infringing Upon The Economic Management Order||153, 157, 180|
|XVII - Environment-Related Crimes||None|
|XVIII - Narcotics-Related Crimes||193, 194, 197|
|XIX - Crimes Of Infringement Upon Public Safety, Public Order||221, 231|
|XX - Crimes Of Infringing Upon Administrative Management Order||None|
|XXI - Crimes Relating To Position||278, 279, 289|
|XXII - Crimes Of Infringing Upon Judicial Activities||None|
|XXIII - Crimes Of Infringing Upon The Duties And Responsibilities Of Army Personnel||316, 322, 334|
|XXIV - Crimes Of Undermining Peace, Against Humanity And War Crimes||341, 342, 343|
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