Almost 100 overseas Vietnamese nationals and their local family members attended a conference held in Ho Chi Minh City on June 30 to gain knowledge about the 2013 National Constitution.

Tran Van Bay, Deputy Head of the municipal Department of Justice, highlighted amendments in the chapter on human rights and civil rights and duties, which are now prominent portions of the constitution.

Accordingly, it distinguishes between human rights and civil rights; human rights are defined as those you are born with while civil rights are human rights in relation to nationality.

Many articles regulate the Government’s responsibilities for its citizens such as protecting Vietnamese expatriates, creating favourable conditions for residents to be involved in governance as well as publicly and explicitly soliciting public feedback and proposals.

At the function, overseas communities expressed their support for and consensus on the amended constitution for its specific and adequate regulations.-VNA