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Human rights in Vietnam’s ancient feudal law

Updated: 15:43’ - 20/11/2014
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Do Danh Huan, M.Sc
History Institute

Human rights were prescribed in Vietnam’s ancient laws, especially “Quoc Trieu Hinh Luat” (the National Criminal Code of the Le Dynasty, also commonly known as Hong Duc Code) and “Hoang Viet Luat Le” (The Royal Laws and Regulations of Vietnam, also called Gia Long Code), as personal freedoms and interests of people of various social strata. These personal rights and interests were recognized by the feudal laws in land ownership and inheritance as well as in marriage and family.

Human rights in land ownership and inheritance

In Vietnam’s traditional economy of agricultural production, land was considered not only the important property of the monarchies but also the most valuable property and means of production of people in the Vietnamese history. As a result, the laws of the Le and Nguyen dynasties contained many provisions on land inheritance and ownership, binding on all people, male and female, rich and poor, disabled and non-disabled...

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