Delegates agree on contents of new law after discussions on March 24.
National Assembly delegates agreed on the essentials of a law on information access rights on March 24.
They consider access to information as a fundamental civic and human right as it creates public trust in State policies, especially those on international integration, VNA reported.
“Information disclosure will ensure transparency and openness in the fight against corruption and miscarriages of justice,” said Mr. Tran Ngoc Vinh, NA delegate for Hai Phong city. “It is the key solution to the principle of people knowing, people doing, and people checking. The draft law should therefore identify who is responsible for information disclosure, in line with the 2013 Constitution.”
Mr. Truong Trong Nghia, NA delegate for Ho Chi Minh City, agreed, adding that information recipients should include both Vietnamese people and foreigners living inside and outside of Vietnam.
“Many of them have business plans in Vietnam and rely on information to make their decisions,” he said. “The law should deal with information access rights for overseas Vietnamese and others.”
Many delegates said the law needs to require State agencies be responsible for providing information about or relating to their activities and information within their domain.
Ms. Tran Thi Dieu Thuy, NA delegate for Ho Chi Minh City, suggested a supplement to the law that would require offices of the People’s Supreme Court and the People’s Supreme Procuracy provide information within their domain.