A released prionser and his daughter (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – As many as 97 prisoners, including six foreigners, in the Phu Son Prison 4 in Phu Luong district, the northern province of Thai Nguyen, were granted the President’s amnesty in 2016.

The list of those eligible for amnesty was announced at a ceremony held at the Phu Son Prison 4 on December 1.

Addressing the event, Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh highlighted the significance of the work, saying that it manifests the nation’s humanitarian tradition.

Since 2008, the State has granted six amnesties, releasing 81,795 prisoners before the due date and 917 others, who had their imprisonment postponed.

Reports from localities show almost all amnesty recipients had stable jobs and many of them have actively joined social activities in their localities.

According to the Deputy PM, on October 17, the State President issued Decision No. 2230 on amnesty in 2016.

The Central Advisory Council on Amnesty, relevant ministries and sectors have worked hard to prepare the list and documents asking for amnesty in a strict and transparent manner, and submit these to the State President for approval.

On November 29, the President signed Decision No. 2534 on granting amnesty to 4,180 prisoners and 204 those being suspended from carrying out their sentences.

Deputy PM affirmed all prisoners have equal opportunity to be reprieved, without discrimination of gender, religion, nationality, age and profession.

Amnesty aims to provide prisoners with a chance to show their repentance, thus continuing working and studying to become useful citizens for the community.-VNA