Hefty fine for forest service payment violations

From June 20, environmental service users will be fined up to VND 50 million (USD 2,300) for not paying service fees.

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Vietnam Month In Review

The 11th plenum of the Party Central Committee opens on May 4 in Hanoi _ Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

Plenum to focus on personnel for Party Central Committee

The 11th plenum of the Party Central Committee opened on May 4 in Hanoi with the main topic on the preparation of personnel for the Committee of the next tenure.


Six defendants being former police officers at the hearing for their crime of using corporal punishment in Phu Yen province __Photo: Xuan Trieu/VNA

General orientations for revision of procedural laws

Revisions to the Civil Procedure Code, Criminal Procedure Code and Administrative Procedure Law will be considered and passed this year by the legislative body.

Legal Tips For Expats

Birth registration for children of inter-country families

a child either of whose parents is a Vietnamese citizen at the time of his/her birth and the other is a foreign national has the Vietnamese nationality if so agreed in writing by his/her parents.


20 years U.S.-Vietnam diplomatic relationship: Small Steps to Big Game

This year marks a two-decade anniversary of the U.S.-Vietnam diplomatic relationship. In retrospect, it is a long way between the two nations which used to be former foes in a bloody war.

Law Guide

New Law on Civil Status

Taking effect January 1 next year, the new Law on Civil Status (the Law) will guarantee harmony among the legal frameworks on civil status, family records and citizen identity.

History & Law

Statue of King Ly Thai To (founder of Vietnam’s Ly dynasty) in Hanoi__Photo: VNA file

Safeguarding of territorial waters under Ly and Tran dynasties

Ancient Vietnam under the name of “Dai Viet” and the rule of two feudal dynasties of Ly and Tran managed a vast marine space, having established the national sovereignty over its territorial waters.

In the Pipeline

Revised Penal Code restricts death penalty, increases non-jail sentences

The 1999 Penal Code would be revised in a way that it can better facilitate the full implementation of human rights and citizens rights enshrined in the 2013 Constitution.


Bru-Van Kieu girls at a cultural festival of ethnic groups of Quang Tri province __Photo: Internet

The Bru-Van Kieu

The Bru-Van Kieu, a Mon-Khmer language group, live mostly in mountainous areas of the central provinces of Quang Tri, Quang Binh and Thua Thien Hue with a population of around 74,500.


A corner of Bai Lu resort (Nghe An province) __Photo: Internet

Nghe An province: vast, attractive and hospitable

Nghe An is the largest province and the fourth most populous locality in the country, following Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Thanh Hoa province.

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