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Culture content on the Draft Amendment to the 1992 Constitution
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Building upon cultural contents stipulated in previous version of constitution, the Draft Amendment to the 1992 Constitution adopts a new approach to culture and revises and supplements several important points on culture. It combines Articles 30, 31, 32, 33 and 34 of the 1992 Constitution in to Article 64. It is noticeable that:

Contents in Article 64 on culture are closely associated and are logical and scientific and succinct while comprehensive and inclusive as culture itself has large implication. This is a new and progressive feature in constitution development.

For the first time, the role and position of culture is confirmed in the Constitution as “Culture is the spiritual foundation of society, the enabler of national development”, with its characteristics “an advanced culture imbued with national identity, humanism, democracy and progress.”

The Draft Amendment to the 1992 Constitution emphasizes: “To develop culture and art to meet in diversified and healthy spiritual demands of the people, contributing to foster the virtues and soul of the Vietnamese.” It supplements and confirms the significance and importance of the mass media in the national construction and development in the period of international integration.

The Draft Amendment to the 1992 Constitution identifies three indicators for building family: plenty, equality and happiness” and five concrete standards for building Vietnamese type of man: “full of patriotism, culture, sense of ownership, citizen responsibility and who is observant to Constitution and legislation”.

Recommendations for finalizing articles on culture:

Supplement the right “to create cultural values” in Article 44 to read: “Everybody has the right to enjoy cultural values, participate in cultural life, access to cultural services and values and create cultural values.”

Supplement the content “culture is an important internal strength of the country” into Item 1 Article 64 to read: “Culture is the spiritual foundation of society, the enabler of national development and important internal strength of the country.”

Supplement the criteria “ with wisdom” to Item 3 Article 64 to read: “ To build a Vietnamese type of man full of patriotism, wisdom, culture, sense o ownership, citizen responsibility who is observant to Constitution and legislation./.

Nguyen Van HaiLieutenant Colonel, People’s Army Newspaper