Thousands of young people join the armed forces

Many young people from Hanoi, Danang, and the central provinces of Quang Nam and Phu Yen have enthusiastically signed up for military service.

In Hanoi, nearly 1000 youths joined the armed services on a voluntary basis on March 3. More than 90 percent of the recruits were Youth Communist League members aged 18-21. About 80 percent of conscripts have good health at level A or B.

Concluding observations of the Human Rights Committee: Viet Nam

26 July 2002


17. The Committee takes note of the fact that the law makes no provision for the status of conscientious objector to military service, which may legitimately be claimed under article 18 of the Covenant.

The State party should ensure that persons liable for military service may claim the status of conscientious objector and perform alternative service without discrimination.




1 Conscription

conscription exists

Conscription has existed ever since the foundation of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in 1976. Previously, conscription applied in both North and South Vietnam.

Conscription is enshrined in arts. 44 and 77 of the 1992 Constitution. According to art. 44: "It is the duty of the entire people to defend the socialist Vietnamese fatherland and firmly maintain national security."; according to art. 77: "Defending the fatherland is the citizens' sacred duty and noble right.


Learning True Love: How I Learned and Practiced Social Change in Vietnam by Chan Khong, 258 pages, 1993, US $16 paperback. Parallax Press, P.O. Box 7355, Berkeley, CA 94707, USA.

reviewed by Shelley Anderson

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