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Vietnam’s religion policy and practice – contradictions continue
23.11.2017 (World Watch Monitor) - Optimists are hard to find ahead of Vietnam’s impending introduction of its new Law on Belief and Religion, scheduled to come into effect on 1 January, 2018.
Vietnam’s Catholic and Evangelical leaders, as well as Buddhists and Caodaists, say the main benefit of the law, two years in the making, will not be to religious freedom but rather to the government’s control of religion.
So, in fact, the government’s promise of institutionalising “religious freedom” differs little from the long series of directives, decrees, decisions, special instructions and ordinances that have been promulgated to govern religion since 1945. [read more]

Three human rights defenders arrested after meeting the EU Delegation in Hanoi
P1 - Three human rights defenders arrested after meeting the EU Delegation in Hanoi
17.11.2017 (Frontline Defenders) - On 16 November 2017, human rights defenders Pham Doan Trang, Bui Thi Minh Hang, Nguyen Quang A and Chi Tuyen met with the EU Delegation in Hanoi ahead of the EU-Vietnam Human Rights Dialogue. They discussed the current human rights situation in Vietnam, including the Formosa spill, along with freedom of religion in the country. Following a two hour meeting, at around 11:30 am, the four human rights defenders exited the EU building. Bui Thi Minh Hang and Pham Doan Trang left together, while Nguyen Quang A and Chi Tuyen left separately in a different direction.
Shortly after leaving, Bui Thi Minh Hang and Pham Doan Trang were arrested together by roughly 10 policemen and were brought to separate police stations. Pham Doan Trang’s phone was confiscated along with her laptop. Nguyen Quang A was arrested separately on his way home. Around midnight, police escorted Pham Doan Trang back to her home in Hanoi, however she has not been able to make contact with anyone as neither her phone, nor her laptop were returned to her. Nguyen Quang A and Bui Thi Minh Hang were both released after a few hours. All three human rights defenders were interrogated during their detention. [read more]

#StopTheCrackdownVN: RSF joins counter-offensive against Vietnam’s persecution of bloggers
17.11.2017 (Reporters without borders) - ... The United Nations issued a firm condemnation of Vietnam three months ago for failing to respect fundamental rights, including the right to inform. Eyes will turn back to Vietnam when the central city of Danang hosts an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in November.
According to RSF’s tally, around 25 bloggers and citizen-journalists are currently detained. This unprecedented crackdown on news and information providers began a year ago with the arrest on 10 October of Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, a woman who blogged under the name of Me Nam (Mother Mushroom). [read more]

Vietnam : la justice s’acharne contre les blogueurs, RSF s’associe à une contre-offensive
17.11.2017 (Reporters sans frontières) - ... Il y a trois mois, les Nations-Unies ont fermement condamné le pays pour son non respect des droits fondamentaux, dont celui d’informer. Alors que la ville de Danang, au centre du pays, doit recevoir le sommet de Coopération Economique Asie-Pacifique (APEC) en novembre prochain, les regards vont se tourner vers le Vietnam. C’est pourquoi RSF s’est joint à une coalition de dix organisations vietnamiennes et internationales pour lancer, cette semaine, la campagne #StopTheCrackdownVN, afin que cesse l’acharnement des autorités contre les défenseurs de l’information.
RSF dénombre près de 25 blogueurs et citoyens journalistes emprisonnés en ce moment. La vague de répression inédite que connaissent les acteurs de l’information a débuté il y a un an avec l’arrestation, le 10 octobre 2016, de Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, qui écrit sous le nom de Me Nam (“Mother Mushroom”, en anglais). [en savoir plus]

Take Action for Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh
Day of the Imprisoned Writer - Socialist Republic of Viet Nam  - Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh (Me Nâm) – Blogger
P1 - Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh
15.11.2017 (PEN International) - On 29 June 2017, blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, popularly known by her pen name Me Nâm (Mother Mushroom), was convicted of “conducting propaganda against the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam” under Article 88 of the Penal Code and sentenced to 10 years in prison. PEN International believes that Me Nâm is being targeted for peacefully exercising her right to freedom of expression. PEN International calls on the Vietnamese authorities to quash Me Nâm’s conviction and release her immediately and unconditionally, in accordance with Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) to which Viet Nam is a state party.
Take Action – Share on Twitter, Facebook and other social media [read more]

Tag des inhaftierten Schriftstellers 15. November 2017
15.11.2017 (PEN International, PEN Zentrum Deutschland) - Jährlich wird am 15. November der „Tag des inhaftierten Schriftstellers“ („Writers in Prison Day“ oder „Day of the Imprisoned Writer“) begangen, um auf das Schicksal von zu Unrecht inhaftierten und verfolgten Schriftstellern, Journalisten, Verlegern und Bloggern auf der ganzen Welt hinzuweisen und um an diejenigen zu erinnern, die getötet wurden, weil sie ihr Recht auf freie Meinungsäußerung wahrgenommen haben.
Jedes Jahr stellt der internationale PEN ausgewählte Fälle in den Fokus, die beispielhaft für die Repressionen stehen, denen Kollegen weltweit täglich ausgesetzt sind. Im Jahr 2017 sollen die Schicksale von Zehra Doğan (Türkei), Ramón Esono Ebalé (Äquatorialguinea), Cesario Alejandro Félix Padilla Figueroa (Honduras), Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh (Vietnam) und Razan Zaitouneh (Syrien) besonders ins Licht der Öffentlichkeit gerückt werden. [Weiterlesen]

Day of the Imprisoned Writer – Madeleine Thien writes to Nguyễn Ngọc Như Quỳnh
15.11.2017 (PEN International) - As part of PEN International’s annual Day of the Imprisoned Writer, Madeleine Thien writes to imprisoned blogger Nguyễn Ngọc Như Quỳnh.
Dear Nguyễn Ngọc Như Quỳnh,
... I do not know if you know that, around the world, your trial and sentencing caused outrage and heartache, and your case was seen as an egregious example of the Vietnamese government using imprisonment (and consequent separation of families) to punish civil and peaceful discourse. The trial lasted only a day. It is now 13 months since you were arrested and detained. In these months, whose great sorrow and hardship I can only imagine, people have been thinking of you, speaking out on your behalf, and courageous bloggers in Vietnam call for your release, and continue the work that you inspired. I want you to know that the efforts of all these individuals and organizations, by loved ones and strangers, will not cease until you are free. [read more]

Actúa para Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh
Día del escritor encarcelado - República Socialista de Vietnam - Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh (Me Nâm) – Bloguera
15.11.2017 (PEN International) - El 29 de junio de 2017, la bloguera Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, popularmente conocida por su seudónimo Me Nâm (Madre Seta), fue declarada culpable por “realizar propaganda contra la República Socialista de Vietnam” en base al artículo 88 del Código Penal, y fue sentenciada a 10 años de prisión. PEN Internacional cree que Me Nâm está siendo acusada por su libre ejercicio de la libertad de expresión. PEN Internacional llama a las autoridades vietnamitas a anular la condena de Me Nâm y a liberarla inmediata e incondicionalmente, de acuerdo con el Artículo 19 del Pacto Internacional de Derechos Civiles y Políticos (ICCPR), del cual Vietnam forma parte.
Toma Acción – Comparte en Twitter, Facebook y otras redes sociales [seguir leyendo]

Madeleine Thien escribe a Nguyễn Ngọc Như Quỳnh
15.11.2017 (PEN International) - Estimada Nguyễn Ngọc Như Quỳnh,
Han pasado casi cinco meses desde tu juicio, un juicio de un día en el que fuiste sentenciada a diez años de prisión por “realizar propaganda contra el estado” en virtud del Artículo 88 del código penal de Vietnam, una ley que se usa de forma arbitraria y brutal para silenciar la disconformidad.
No sé si sabes que, por todo el mundo, tu juicio y sentencia causaron indignación y dolor, y tu caso fue visto como un ejemplo atroz del gobierno vietnamita usando el encarcelamiento (y como consecuencia separando familias) para castigar el discurso civil y pacífico. El juicio duró sólo un día. Han pasado 13 meses desde que fuiste arrestada y detenida. En estos meses, cuya pena y dificultad sólo puedo imaginar, la gente ha estado pensando en ti, hablando en tu nombre, y valientes blogueros en Vietnam piden tu liberación y continúan con el trabajo que tú inspiraste. Quiero que sepas que los esfuerzos de todos estos individuos y organizaciones, seres queridos y desconocidos, no pararán hasta que seas libre. [seguir leyendo]

Menschenrechte in Vietnam - "Geschlagen, verhaftet, misshandelt"
11.11.2017 Von Holger Senzel, ARD-Studio Singapur, zzt. Da Nang (ARD) - Beim APEC-Gipfel gibt sich Vietnam als aufstrebendes Land mit boomender Wirtschaft. Doch die Menschenrechtslage ist katastrophal. Wer der kommunistischen Führung laut widerspricht, muss mit Folter rechnen.
Vietnam - so ist zu hören und zu lesen - habe den Spagat geschafft zwischen kommunistischer Einparteiendiktatur und rasant boomender Wirtschaft. Eine Erfolgsgeschichte, lobte US-Präsident Donald Trump in seiner Rede vor dem asiatisch-pazifischen APEC-Gipfel.
Die Bloggerin Pham Tanh Nguyen hat eine andere Sicht auf ihre Heimat. "Wir wachen jeden Morgen auf und haben Angst. Wir akzeptieren, dass es die Norm ist, geschlagen, verhaftet und misshandelt zu werden, wenn man nicht schweigt zu der Ungerechtigkeit im Lande. Aber wir haben keine Wahl, wir müssen das aushalten. Der Hunger nach Freiheit, nach einem Leben in Würde - das treibt uns vorwärts." [Weiterlesen]

The plight of Vietnamese dissidents
10.11.2017 (BBC) -  US President Donald Trump is visiting Vietnam as part of his Asian tour but will human rights be on the table? Vietnam routinely sends political dissidents to jail.
One of the country's most famous bloggers, "Mother Mushroom", was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
The BBC spoke to her mother and another dissident who is currently in hiding. [watch video]

“America First” means human rights last during Trump’s visit to Asia
08.11.2017 by Sarah Wildman (Vox) - President Trump’s 12-day trip to Asia has him schmoozing with some of the world’s worst human rights abusers. But unlike President Obama, who made a point of using his trips to regions with dodgy rights records to assert America’s moral soft power in the world, Trump has no intention of embarrassing his hosts or other regional leaders by insisting anyone hew to a specific line on human rights. [read more]

Activist who protested sea pollution prosecuted for “abusing democratic freedoms”
03.11.2017 (AsiaNews) - Hanoi – A Vietnamese labour and environmental activist arrested in May after campaigning against Hanoi’s handling of a devastating toxic waste spill, will stand trial in the coming days for “abusing democratic freedoms,” his lawyer told Radio Free Asia on Wednesday after the investigation was completed on Monday.
Hoang Duc Binh, 34, was arrested in central Vietnam’s Nghe An province on 15 May, more than a year after organising protests over the government’s muted response to the April 2016 waste spill by Taiwan-owned Formosa Plastics Group’s steel plant, which killed an estimated 115 tonnes of fish and left hundreds of fishermen jobless in four coastal provinces. [read more]

El activista que denunció la contaminación del mar será procesado: ‘abusó de la libertad’
03.11.2017 (AsiaNews) - Hanói - “Ha abusado de la libertad democrática” de Vietnam: es éste el motivo por el cual el ambientalista y sindicalista  Hoang Duc Binh será procesado en los próximos días. Es lo que ha declarado su abogado, Le Van Luan, tras haber recibido la noticia de que la investigación que concierne a su cliente se dio por concluida el 30 de octubre pasado.
Hoang Duc Binh, de 34 años, fue arrestado el 15 de mayo pasado en Nghe An, en la región central de Vietnam, más de un año después de haber organizado las protestas a causa del desastre ecológico provocado por la empresa productora de plásticos Formosa, y ante la tibia respuesta del gobierno. [seguir leyendo]

Vietnam: Release All Political Prisoners - Over 100 Behind Bars with World Leaders to Attend APEC Summit
03.11.2017 (Human Rights Watch) - New York – The Vietnamese government should immediately release everyone it has detained or imprisoned for peacefully exercising their rights, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch posted a new web page highlighting the cases of 15 of more than 100 people imprisoned for political or religious reasons.
International leaders and trade partners attending the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Da Nang on November 10, 2017, should call on Vietnamese authorities to end the government’s systematic persecution of peaceful critics and ensure the basic rights to freedom of expression, association, assembly, and religion for its citizens. [read more]

Cambodia, Burma and Vietnam Must End Impunity for Attacks Against Journalists
02.11.2017 (Civil Rights Defenders) - The International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists should be a wake-up call to end the repression and abuse of independent media workers. With a clampdown on independent journalism throughout the region, Civil Rights Defenders calls on the Governments of Cambodia, Burma, and Vietnam to abolish those laws permitting judicial harassment and creating a climate of impunity for attacks against independent media.
... Vietnam is the world’s second largest jailer of citizen journalists,* who in Vietnam’s tightly controlled media landscape are the only source of independent information. From June to September 2017, three citizen journalists were given outrageous prison sentences. [read more]

Vietnam Catholic Priests Harassed, Threatened by 'Red Flag' Group
30.10.2017 (RFA) - Two priests from Vinh diocese in central Vietnam were surrounded and threatened on Monday by a mob of 300 people waving red flags, in what the clergymen and rights group said is part of a broad pattern of government supported abuse in the Southeast Asian country.
Dominic Pham Xuan Ke and Joseph Nguyen Ngoc Ngu were at the Diem My Commune People's Committee office, the local government office, discussing their earlier petition for help against threats from thuggish groups when the crowd appeared, Ke said. [read more]

Vietnam : la fille d'une blogueuse emprisonnée appelle Melania Trump à l'aide
28.10.2017 (Europe1) - La fille de la blogueuse "Mother Mushroom", emprisonnée en juin pour propagande contre l'État, espère que Melania Trump pourra faire libérer sa mère.
La fille de dix ans de "Mother Mushroom" ("Mère champignon"), une blogueuse vietnamienne emprisonnée pour dissidence, a appelé à l'aide Melania Trump, la Première dame des États-Unis, dans un courrier rendu public jeudi sur le compte Facebook de sa grand-mère.
Quatrième lettre pour Melania Trump. "S'il-vous-plait, aidez à ce que ma famille soit réunie, parce que je sais que ma maman n'a rien fait de mal", plaide Nguyen Bao Nguyen dans ce courrier manuscrit, en espérant l'intervention de l'épouse du président américain avant la visite de celui-ci au Vietnam en novembre. [en savoir plus]

La hija de la bloguera vietnamita 'Madre Seta' apela a Melania Trump para ayudar en la liberación de su madre
27.10.2017 (Europa Press) - HANÓI (Reuters/EP) - La hija de la bloguera vietnamita 'Madre Seta' apela a Melania Trump para ayudar en la liberación de su madre
La hija de 10 años de la famosa bloguera vietnamita Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, conocida como 'Madre Seta' --o 'Nam Me', en vietnamita--, acusada por un delito de difusión de propaganda contra el Estado y condenada a 10 años de prisión, ha apelado a la primera dama de Estados Unidos, Melania Trump, a ayudar en la liberación de su madre ante la visita al país del sudeste asiático del presidente de los Estados Unidos, Donald Trump. La petición, que se ha llevado a cabo mediante una carta por ... [seguir leyendo]

Vietnam Dissident's Daughter Calls on Melania Trump for Help
27.10.2017 (US News & World Report) - Reuters - The 10-year-old daughter of a jailed Vietnamese blogger, "Mother Mushroom", has appealed to U.S. First Lady Melania Trump to help win her mother's release ahead of President Donald Trump's visit to Vietnam next month.
The handwritten letter, posted on Facebook on Thursday, drew attention to Vietnam's biggest crackdown on dissidents in years before the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in November.
Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, 37, known as "Me Nam" (Mother Mushroom), is one of Vietnam's most prominent activists. She was jailed for 10 years in June for publishing anti-state reports, including one about deaths in police custody.
Her daughter Nguyen Bao Nguyen, nicknamed "Mushroom", referred to Trump's upcoming visit to Vietnam and the "International Women of Courage Award" awarded by the First Lady to Quynh in March, which drew an angry response from Hanoi. [read more]

Vietnam: six ans de prison pour un étudiant blogueur critique du régime
26.10.2017 Frédéric Noir (RFI) - Un étudiant vietnamien a été condamné mercredi 25 octobre à six ans de prison et quatre en liberté surveillée pour propagande contre le régime communiste. Le pays est accusé par certaines ONG de vouloir réduire au silence les voix dissidentes à l'approche du sommet de l'Apec (Coopération économique Asie-Pacifique) qui se tiendra au Vietnam du 6 au 11 novembre prochain.
C'est « un procès biaisé », a déclaré l’avocat de l’étudiant Phan Kim Khanh pour qualifier l'affaire de son client. Comme souvent au Vietnam, ce dernier a présenté ses excuses à la cour pour ses activités, jugées illégales par le tribunal. [en savoir plus]

Vietnam student activist jailed for six years
25.10.2017 (Daily Mail) - A Vietnamese student was sentenced Wednesday to six years in prison for anti-state propaganda, as the government tightens its grip on critics before an Asia-Pacific summit in the country next month.
Scores of dissidents are already behind bars in the communist state, and rights groups say 2017 has been a particularly harsh year for activists with a spate of arrests and heavy jail sentences.
Phan Kim Khanh, 24, was sentenced for anti-state activities, his lawyer told AFP, blasting the trial as "biased".
"The court decided to put him in jail for six years and another four years on probation afterwards," Ha Huy Son said.
Khanh was arrested in March during his final year of an international studies degree at Thai Nguyen University in northern Vietnam. [read more]

Un tribunal de Vietnam condena a seis años de cárcel a un activista por "difundir propaganda contra el Estado"
25.10.2017 (europapress) - Un tribunal de Vietnam ha decretado este miércoles la entrada en prisión del estudiante activista Phan Kim Khanh, de 24 años, condenado a seis años de cárcel y cuatro de libertad condicional por "difundir propaganda contra el Estado", según ha informado el abogado del joven, Ha Huy Son.
Khanh --que estudia relaciones internacionales y es el mayor de los hijos de una familia católica de las afueras de la capital, Hanoi-- fue detenido a principios de este año por escribir blogs en los que criticaba al Gobierno. [seguir leyendo]

Vietnam: Drop Charge Against Student Activist
P1 - Student activist Kim Khanh  Phan
24.10.2017 (HRW) - (New York) – Vietnam should drop all charges and immediately release student blogger Phan Kim Khanh, Human Rights Watch said today. Vietnam’s donors and regional leaders should make it clear that they will demand that all political prisoners be released before the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit taking place in Da Nang the week of November 6-11.
Phan Kim Khanh is set to face trial on October 25, 2017, at the People’s Court of Thai Nguyen province. He was arrested in March 2017 for posts critical of the government on the internet and charged with “conducting propaganda against the state” under article 88 of the penal code, one of the country’s many national security provisions that has been regularly used to arbitrarily punish critics and stifle dissent. If convicted, he faces up to 12 years of imprisonment. [read more]

HRW reclama a Vietnam que retire los cargos contra un bloguero y le libere "inmediatamente"
24.10.2017 (Cuatro) - La organización no gubernamental Human Rights Watch (HRW) ha reclamado este martes al Gobierno de Vietnam que retire los cargos y libere "inmediatamente" al bloguero Khanh Kim Khanh, detenido en marzo por publicar comentarios contra el Estado.
Khanh hará frente a juicio el miércoles tras ser imputado por "hacer propaganda contra el Estado" bajo el artículo 88 del Código Penal, utilizado por las autoridades para castigar a críticos con las autoridades. El bloguero se expone a una pena de hasta doce años de cárcel.
Khanh, de 24 años, es estudiante en el Departamento de Relaciones Internacionales en la Universidad Thai Nguyen y ha recibido premios de la Asociación de Estudiantes de la universidad y de la Liga de la Juventud Comunista Ho Chi Minh en la provincia de Thai Nhuyen. [seguir leyendo]

Catholic woman arrested for subverting the state in Vietnam
20.10.2017 (UCAnews) - Catholics in a central Vietnamese province have expressed support for a female activist who was arrested for "attempting to overthrow the government."
Teresa Tran Thi Xuan, a member of Cua Soc Parish, was arrested while traveling to work in her home province of Ha Tinh on Oct. 17.
The Ha Tinh Provincial Public Security Department accused Xuan of "acting to overthrow the people's government under Article 79 of the Penal Code."
On Oct. 18, thousands of Catholics attended a candle-lit prayer to pray for Xuan's justice at Cua Sot Church. They also raised banners saying "Tran Thi Xuan innocent! Free her!" [read more

Slices of Life Behind Bars: A Memoir By A Female Prisoner of Conscience
P1 - "Slices of Life Behind Bars"
18.10.2017 Đào Trường Phúc (Danlambao) - "Slices of Life Behind Bars" - the title chosen by Tiếng Quê Hương Publishing Group for this book by Phạm Thanh Nghiên - could be considered "the first memoir of prison life ever written by a female prisoner of conscience under the communist regime in Vietnam". Would such an introduction be in conflict with the author's personality reflected in her modest self-descriptions throughout her book? We as the publishers had to put it that way though, due to a few things about the contents of this memoir that need to be elaborated.
The Vietnamese communist government has never admitted the existence of "prisoners of conscience" or "political prisoners". All those who voice their dissent against the regime's immoral, dishonest and brutal actions or policies are considered "convicts of criminal offenses", since they are unjustly tried as criminals (according to some arbitrary laws that penalize all opposing activities) and thrown to the same prisons with convicts who committed such crimes as murder, drug trafficking, etc. [read more]

Vietnam arrests dissident for attempt to overthrow government
18.10.2017 (Reuters) - HANOI - Vietnamese police have arrested a dissident accused of attempting to overthrow the government, the communist state’s official website said on Wednesday, bringing to at least 17 the number of dissidents arrested this year.
Despite sweeping economic reforms and growing openness to social change, the Communist Party tolerates little criticism. [read more]

China once welcomed refugees, but its policies now make Trump look lenient
18.10.2017 By Jessica Meyers (Los Angeles Times) - Nearly four decades ago, Mo Fengyue leaned over the boat carrying her to China and dumped her Vietnamese identity cards into the river. With a flick of the wrist, Mo sacrificed the land of her birth for an ancestral homeland she’d never known.
“You had to make a choice once you came back, so I became a Chinese citizen,” said Mo, a 12-year-old girl then fleeing discrimination for her heritage.
Her story is a rare reminder of a time when China opened its borders. [read more]

#StopTheCrackdownVN: RSF joins counter-offensive against Vietnam’s persecution of bloggers
17.10.2017 (RSF) - As another citizen-journalist, Phan Kim Khanh, awaits trial on 25 October on a charge with a possible 20-year jail sentence, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) joins nine other human rights groups in launching #StopTheCrackdownVN, a campaign against the current unprecedented crackdown on the freedom to inform in Vietnam. [read more]

Viet Nam: Stop the Crackdown Against Human Rights Defenders and Bloggers | Joint Letter
17.10.2017 (Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada) - A coalition of Vietnamese and international human rights groups are coming together to Stop the Crackdown in Vietnam – Ngưng Ngay Đàn Áp.
Vietnam is in the midst of an unprecedented political crackdown against peaceful expression. So far this year, the Vietnamese authorities have arrested or exiled at least 25 peaceful activists and bloggers. In a series of sham trials, the government has orchestrated the wrongful convictions and sentencing of human rights defenders and bloggers including Tran Thi Nga, Nguyen Van Oai, and Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh to long prison sentences. One of Vietnam’s most renowned human rights lawyers and bloggers, Nguyen Van Dai, has been arbitrarily detained for almost two years without trial. [read more]

Oppositions-Kritik unerwünscht
16.10.2017 Bennett Murray und Bac Pham (Der Farang) - HANOI (dpa) - In Vietnam findet im nächsten Monat ein großer Asien-Pazifik-Gipfel statt. Erwartet wird auch US-Präsident Trump. Zuvor versucht der kommunistische Ein-Parteien-Staat, kritische Stimmen verstummen zu lassen.
Nguyen Viet Hung weiß nicht, wie er seinem Sohn Dung helfen kann. Polizisten haben den 31-Jährigen Ende September in seinem Heimatort im Norden Vietnams festgenommen. Seitdem konnten weder seine Familie noch ein Anwalt zu ihm. Dung bleibt verschwunden. Nur den Vorwurf gegen seinen Sohn kennt der Vater: Propaganda gegen den Staat. Darauf stehen bis zu 20 Jahre Gefängnis.
Dungs Geschichte ist kein Einzelfall. Mindestens zwölf Dissidenten sind seit Juni in Vietnam festgenommen, angeklagt oder verurteilt worden. Allen werden Verbrechen gegen den Staat vorgeworfen. Einem weiteren Regierungskritiker mit französischem und vietnamesischem Pass entzogen die Behörden einfach die Staatsbürgerschaft. Dann wurde er abgeschoben, zurück nach Paris. [Weiterlesen]

Vietnam Blogger Phan Kim Khanh to Face Trial on Oct. 25
13.10.2017 (RFA) - Student activist and blogger Phan Kim Khanh will go on trial later this month on charges of “propaganda against the state,” a controversial article of the country’s penal code used to target dissidents, his lawyer said on Friday.
"Today I’ve received the decision which says Khanh will go on trial on the morning of October 25.  I met him and he seemed to be in good mood but his health is weak," said defense lawyer Ha Huy Son.
Khanh, 24, from Phu Thọ province, was arrested on March 21 and for posting online content that authorities described as fabricated and malicious and aimed at to spreading propaganda against the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, said Vietnamese state media at the time. Blogger Bui Hieu Vo, 55, of Go Vap district in Ho Chi Minh City was arrested on the same charges on March 17. [read more]

Vietnam accused of denying health care to prisoners
13.10.2017 (Vietnam Right Now) - Concern is growing for the health of some political prisoners in Vietnam amid reports that the government sometimes withholds adequate medical care to try to force confessions.
Most at risk are prisoners with pre-existing conditions, who are held for months and even years before trial, and are denied all access to family members and lawyers.
International rights activists say the policy sometimes amounts to a passive form of torture, and violates Vietnam’s commitments under UNCAT (The UN Convention against Torture), which Vietnam ratified in 2015. [read more]

Vietnam. Cristianos perseguidos por el régimen por defender los derechos humanos
13.10.2017 (Hispanidad) - En Vietnam, el Estado continúa siguiendo de cerca a los miembros del grupo de jóvenes activistas católicos de la diócesis de Vinh arrestados por el régimen en el año 2011. En 2013, el tribunal del pueblo de Nghệ An condenó a 14 cristianos a prisión por un presunto intento derrocar el poder popular. Algunos de ellos ya fueron liberados, pero su libertad duró poco tiempo, informa Asia News.
En 2011, el gobierno del Premier Nguyen Tan Dung lanzó una campaña para detener a blogueros e individuos que difundían noticias y críticas sobre la corrupción de los miembros del partido y del gobierno. Desde entonces muchos blogueros e internautas fueron presa de las fuerzas de seguridad por sus actividades en favor de la democracia y la defensa de los derechos humanos en Vietnam. Dung había ordenado a la policía “prevenir la formación de cualquier grupo de oposición política”. [seguir leyendo]

Nghe An, Catholic activists still victims of regime’s "judicial persecution"
12.10.2017 (AsiaNews) - Ho Chi Minh City (AsiaNews / EdA) - Public security continues to closely follow the members of the group of young Catholic activists in the Vinh diocese who were arrested by the regime in 2011.
In 2013, Nghệ An tribunal condemned the 14 Christians to jail for a supposed attempt to "subvert state power". Some of them have already been released, but the newly discovered freedom has lasted little.
Three of the activists are targeted by police in particular. They are Nguyen Van Oai, Thai Van Dung and Trân Minh Nhât. [read more]

Rights Group Demands Release of Vietnam’s Mother Mushroom on Anniversary of Arrest
12.10.2017 (RFA) - Vietnam should “immediately and unconditionally” free a blogger sentenced to prison for “disseminating anti-state propaganda” and end the persecution of other activists targeted under the vaguely-worded criminal act, a rights group said on the one-year anniversary of her jailing.
Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh—also known by her blogger handle Me Nam, or Mother Mushroom—was arrested on Oct. 10, 2016 while on her way to visit a fellow rights campaigner in prison and sentenced to 10 years in jail on June 29 under Article 88 of Vietnam’s Penal Code.
In marking the year since she was taken into custody by police, Sweden-based Civil Rights Defenders (CRD) called 38-year-old Quynh’s sentence “politically motivated” and “nothing more than persecution against her courageous defence of human rights,” demanding that Vietnam’s government drop her conviction. [read more]

Jailed Vietnamese Activist in Failing Health, Denied Family Phone Calls
10.10.2017 (RFA) - A Vietnamese land rights activist sentenced to an eight-year prison term on charges of attempting to overthrow the government is in failing health and has not been allowed to speak to her family by phone since being jailed, her brother says.
Tran Thi Thuy, 45, was arrested in 2010 for petitioning for redress for land confiscated by authorities, and was sentenced next year under Article 79 of Vietnam’s Penal Code for “carrying out activities aimed at overthrowing the people’s administration.”
Her health has steadily declined in prison, her brother Tran Thanh Tuan told RFA’s Vietnamese Service on Oct. 10 after visiting her in the An Phuoc Detention Center in southern Vietnam’s Binh Duong province. [read more]

SWR2 Tandem - Tagebuch einer Ausreise. Das Verhör
10.10.2017 Von Bùi Thanh Hiếu - Gelesen von Simon Mazouri - (SWR) - In den nächsten Monaten stellen wir in unseren Klappstuhllesungen Geschichten von Autorinnen und Autoren vor, die in ihren Heimatländern verfolgt werden. Den Anfang macht eine Erzählung von Bùi Thanh Hiếu, der 1972 in Hanoi/Vietnam geboren wurde. In seinem Blog berichtete er über die politischen Entwicklungen in Vietnam und dokumentierte dortige Menschenrechtsverletzungen. [Weiterlesen und Hören]

One Year After Arrest, Demand for Release of Vietnamese Human Rights Defender Me Nam
P1 - One Year After Arrest, Demand for Release of Vietnamese Human Rights Defender Me Nam
10.10.2017 (Civil Rights Defenders) - Public Statement - On 10 October 2016, Vietnamese authorities arrested blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, known by her pen name Me Nam (Mother Mushroom), on charges of spreading propaganda against the State. On 29 June, Me Nam was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Known since 2006 for her active social media advocacy against the Vietnamese government’s rampant corruption, human rights abuses, and foreign policy, her arrest and later sentence should be seen as politically motivated. Civil Rights Defenders calls on the government of Vietnam to immediately and unconditionally release Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh and to end its wider persecution of bloggers and journalists under Article 88 of the Penal Code. [read more]

Dissident Buddhist hermit arrested in An Giang
29.09.2017 (AsiaNews) - Hanoi – Vietnamese authorities have held Vuong Van Tha, a member of an unsanctioned sect of Hoa Hao Buddhism, in solitary confinement since his arrest in May, this according to the Interfaith Council of Vietnam, a group that promotes religious freedom in the country.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, the Council noted that Tha’s detention violates the country’s constitution. It said that police had taken the hermit into custody on 18 May along with his son and two of his cousins after laying siege to the family’s home in southern Vietnam’s An Giang province. [read more]

An Giang, arrestado ermitaño budista disidente
29.09.2017 (AsiaNews) - Hanói - Las autoridades vietnamitas detienen en régimen de aislamiento desde mayo pasado a Vuong Van Tha, miembro de una secta no autorizada por el gobierno del budismo Hoa Hao. Es cuanto afirma el Consejo interreligioso de Vietnam, grupo que promueve la libertad religiosa en el país, agregando que tal reclusión constituye una violación de la Constitución vietnamita.
En un comunicado difundido el pasado de setiembre, el Consejo declara que el 18 de mayo la policía tomó en custodia al ermitaño budista (foto), junto al hijo y dos primos, después de haber asediado la casa en la casa meridional de An Giang. [seguir leyendo]

Vietnam Arrests Activist Nguyen Viet Dung For ‘Anti-State Propaganda’
28.09.2017 (RFA) - Authorities in central Vietnam’s Nghe An province have taken activist Nguyen Viet Dung into custody for allegedly disseminating anti-state propaganda, according to his father, who said the reason for his son’s arrest was unclear.
Dung, 31, was arrested around noon on Wednesday in Nghe An’s Quynh Luu district, near Song Ngoc parish, under Article 88 of Vietnam’s Penal Code, his father, Nguyen Viet Hung, told RFA’s Vietnamese Service after the detention.
Hung said he opposed his son’s arrest because “the reason was not made clear enough.” [read more]

Vietnam's harsh summer: state launches largest crackdown on dissidents in years
26.09.2017 Bennett Murray in Hanoi (The Guardian) - Ho Thi Chau, 25, was left alone and blacklisted after her husband was returned to jail for “attempting to overthrow the [Vietnamese] government” last week.
Chau, a former garment factory worker, does not know how to support their newborn daughter. As she is the wife of a man branded a “reactionary” by Vietnam’s single party communist state, employers are reluctant to hire her.
Vietnam’s summer has been particularly harsh for dissidents, with at least 11 having been arrested, charged or convicted, while another was stripped of his citizenship and deported to France. [read more]

Craintes sur la liberté religieuse au Vietnam
26.09.2017 Claire Lesegretain avec Église d’Asie (La Croix) - Le 11 septembre, Vu Chiên Thang a été nommé au poste de directeur du Bureau gouvernemental des affaires religieuses, l’organisme qui gère les activités et l’organisation des religions au Vietnam.
Selon la presse officielle, Vu Chiên Thang a fait toute sa carrière au sein des services vietnamiens de la sécurité publique, dont il est actuellement l’un des plus hauts responsables.
Le Bureau gouvernemental des affaires religieuses à Hanoï emploie actuellement 127 cadres communistes. Mais si l’on compte les très nombreuses annexes dans les provinces, les grandes villes et les districts, l’ensemble du personnel de ce Bureau se compte par milliers. [en savoir plus]

Vietnam uses water cannon to disperse protest at global fashion brands supplier
25.09.2017 Mai Nguyen (Reuters) - HANOI - Vietnamese authorities on Monday used water cannon and electric rods to end a five-month long protest by villagers blockading a textile plant that serves global fashion brands, an official and a villager said.
On Monday, about 500 policemen used water cannons and electric rods to disperse around 200 villagers, said villager Bui Van Nguyet, who was one of the protesters.
Two people were injured as the policemen beat protesters and set on fire a field tent pitched in front of the plant, he added. [read more]

Jailed Viet Dissident is Latest in Rising Crackdown
20.09.2017 (Asia Sentinel) - In the latest sign of the increasing crackdown against dissidents by Vietnam’s government, Nguyen Van Oai, a citizen journalist and human rights defender, was sentenced earlier this week to five years in prison and four additional years of house arrest for “resisting persons in the performance of their official duties” and failing to execute judgments” while on parole for “attempting to overthrow the government” in 2013.
The 36-year-old Oai is the co-founder of the Association of Catholic Former Prisoners of Conscience. He has been a subject of government harassment since at least 2011 when he campaigned openly on mistreatment of political prisoners and writing about social injustice on his Facebook page. He is one of at least 20 dissidents who have been arrested or exiled since the beginning of this year. [read more]

Traduction intégrale des remarques envoyées par les évêques à l’Assemblée nationale au sujet de la loi sur les croyances et la religion
19.09.2017 (Églises d’Asie) - La conférence épiscopale du Vietnam a adressé le 1er juin dernier ses remarques « sincères et franches » à l'Assemblée nationale au sujet de la loi sur les croyances et la religion. Voici la traduction intégrale de ce document.
Églises d’Asie, dans une dépêche parue le 8 juin dernier, a largement rendu compte du document envoyé par la conférence épiscopale du Vietnam à l’Assemblée nationale. L’article rapporte l’ensemble du jugement porté par les évêques sur cette nouvelle réglementation religieuse qui entrera en vigueur au début de l’année prochaine. Les responsables de l’Église du Vietnam relèvent les points positifs et négatifs de la loi puis, dépassant la critique du texte de la nouvelle loi, ils s’attardent sur les arrière-pensées du régime en matière religieuse et déplorent son hostilité. [en savoir plus]

Vietnam impone 5 años de cárcel a bloguero por violar el arresto domiciliario
18.09.2017 (El Español) - Un tribunal de justicia de Vietnam impuso hoy cinco años de prisión al conocido bloguero Nguyen Van Oai por haber violado reiteradamente el arresto domiciliario, al final de un juicio que comenzó en agosto.
El tribunal popular de Quynh Vinh, municipalidad situada a 191 kilómetros al sur de Hanoi, determinó que la pena empiece a contar desde el 19 de enero de 2017, el día de su arresto, según el medio vietnamita Tin Túc. [seguir leyendo]

Fünf Jahre Haft für christlichen Dissidenten
18.09.2017 (Der Farang) - HANOI (dpa) - In Vietnam ist ein Dissident wegen staatsfeindlichen Verhaltens zu fünf Jahren Haft verurteilt worden. Nach seiner Entlassung werde Nguyen Van Oai zudem weitere vier Jahre in Hausarrest bleiben müssen, um damit eine frühere Strafe vollständig abzusitzen, sagte sein Anwalt am Montag nach Bekanntgabe des Urteils.
Das Urteil gegen den 36-jährigen Protestanten und Mitbegründer einer Gruppe ehemals gefangener christlicher Dissidenten wird als Teil des Vorgehens gegen politisch Andersdenkende gewertet. Im kommunistischen Einparteienstaat gilt jegliche Herausforderung des Systems als illegal. [Weiterlesen]

Vietnam’s cracking down on dissent ... so why Trump’s pat on back?
16.09.2017 By Logan Connor (SCMP) - The US president is not shy when it comes to praising autocratic regimes – good news for Hanoi, which is in the midst of a crackdown on anyone critical of its one-party state.
When US President Donald Trump met Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in May, he sent a clear message: by patting the backs of authoritarian leaders, the US is complicit in Vietnam’s rights abuses.
Trump extending hands to Vietnam’s leader is perhaps unique given the two countries’ past animosity, and particularly since Hanoi’s crackdown on opposition voices, seen by many as its toughest in years.
Vietnam’s leaders – some of the most authoritarian in Southeast Asia – are determined to silence all forms of dissent that cause people to question the one-party state. [read more]

Vietnams engagierter Menschenrechtler
P1 Frau Minh Ha mit Martin Patzelt in Berlin
15.09.2017 Martin Patzelt MdB (Martin Patzelt Newsletter Nr.89) - Die Ehefrau des in Vietnam inhaftierten Bloggers Nguyen Huu Vinh (Blogger anhbasam), Frau Minh Ha, war in dieser Woche zum Gespräch bei mir in Berlin.
Es ist für mich beeindruckend, mit welchem ungebrochenen Engagement ihr Mann seine Zeit in der willkürlichen Haft sinnvoll nutzen will und sich vorgenommen hat, das Gefängnissystem in Vietnam zu reformieren, um die Menschenrechte auch für Inhaftierte umzusetzen.
Auf der Grundlage bestehender Gesetze verfasste Frau Minh Ha Beschwerden an das Gefängnis. Schon einige Teilerfolge seien zu verzeichnen, so Frau Minh Ha. [Weiterlesen]

Dong Nai, pressure on Catholics who defended their pastor
11.09.2017 Pham Van (AsiaNews) - Hanoi - Many Catholics fear violent retaliation against the community of Thọ Hòa, Dong Nai province (Southeast Vietnam), who defended their pastor from the aggression of some Communist militants last September 4. Episodes of violence and intimidation continue against the Vietnamese Catholic Church, committed to the promotion of social justice in the country. There are frequent attacks, verbal and physical, of plain clothes police or hooligans hired by local authorities to silence priests and faithful.
Men dressed in civilian clothes and armed with guns, sticks and pepper spray raided the parish of Thọ Hòa, in Xuan Loc district. [read more]

Dong Nai, presiones sobre católicos tras haber defendido a su párroco
11.09.2017 Pham Van (AsiaNews) - Hanói - Muchos católicos temen que se produzcan violentas represalias contra la comunidad de Thọ Hòa, en la provincia de Dong Nai (sudeste de Vietnam), luego de que el 4 de septiembre pasado defendiera a su párroco, ante la agresión de algunos militantes comunistas. No se detiene la violencia ni las intimidaciones contra la Iglesia vietnamita, abocada a la promoción de la justicia social en el país. Ya se han vuelto frecuentes los ataques, tanto verbales como físicos, de policías vestidos de civil o de pandillas de vándalos, que son costeadas por las autoridades locales para acallar a los sacerdotes y fieles. 
Hombres vestidos de civil y armados con pistolas, palos y gas pimienta irrumpieron en la parroquia de Thọ Hòa, en el distrito de Xuan Loc. [seguir leyendo]

A glimpse of the party’s dark side in Vietnam
07.09.2017 By Kenichi Yoshida / Yomiuri Shimbun Hanoi Bureau Chief (The Japan News) - HANOI — A recent incident has given a glimpse of the dark side of the Vietnamese Communist Party’s regime.
It is said that the Vietnamese government abducted Trinh Xuan Thanh, former chairman of PetroVietnam Construction JSC, part of the state energy company PetroVietnam, when he was staying in Germany, in late July, and brought him back to Vietnam. He had been wanted internationally by the Vietnamese government for allegedly causing an enormous loss to the construction company.
Reuters reported that as many as 15 activists have been arrested in Vietnam this year, as of early August, the highest tally in recent years.
Vietnam has also tightened control over the internet, a platform where criticism against the party and the government circulates. The Vietnamese government intends to impose a fine on those who spread “false information.” The fine is tantamount to the average yearly income of a Vietnamese citizen. It is the government itself that will determine what information is “false.” Therefore, activists and others believe that the real intent rests in containing criticism against the regime. [read more]

Hanoi, pro-democracy dissidents condemned and transferred to isolation
02.09.2017 (AsiaNews) - Hanoi - Two major dissidents have been secretly transferred from a prison in the province of Ha Nam, northern Vietnam, to a prison in the province of Thanh Hoa, far away from their homes, in an attempt to make visits and communications with relatives difficult.  The news was reported by a dissident website based in Hanoi.
In December 2016, Le Thanh Tung and Tran Anh Kim were sentenced to 13 years and 12 years respectively in prison for "activities aimed at overthrowing people's administration." In May, the Vietnam Court of Appeals confirmed the judgments. [read more]

Vietnam Arrests Another Member of Online Democracy Group
01.09.2017 (RFA) - Authorities in northern Vietnam’s coastal Thai Binh province arrested another member of the Brotherhood for Democracy association on Friday, adding to the growing numbers of the online advocacy group put behind bars in recent weeks, the man’s wife said.
Nguyen Van Tuc, a former political prisoner, was taken into custody at around 8:45 a.m. on Sept. 1 after being called to a meeting at the local District People’s Committee, his wife Bui Thi Re told RFA’s Vietnamese Service.
“I learned that he was arrested while on his way there and was put into a car and taken to an unknown location,” she said. “We don’t know yet where he is.” [read more]

Netizen Report: Vietnam Targets ‘Illegal Cyber Information’ — and Political Speech   
31.08.2017 (Global Voices) - Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in internet rights around the world.
Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang called for tougher controls on the internet, charging that “hostile” entities online had “undermined the prestige of the leaders of the party and the state, [bringing about] a negative impact on cadres, party members and people.”
Quang, who is a former minister of public security, also vowed to increase online surveillance in the name of protecting national security. [read more]

Vietnam Dissidents Sent to New Prison Far From Home
31.08.2017 (RFA) - Two high-profile Vietnamese dissidents have been quietly transferred from a prison in northern Vietnam’s Ha Nam province to a prison in Thanh Hoa province farther from their homes, a report on a Hanoi-based dissident web site says.
Le Thanh Tung and Tran Anh Kim  were sentenced in December 2016 to 13 years and 12 years in prison respectively for “activities aimed at overthrowing the people’s administration” under Article 79 of Vietnam’s Penal Code.
Authorities withheld news of the men’s transfer from their families, who learned they had been moved only after attempting to visit them in prison, the Hanoi-based rights group Defend the Defenders said in an Aug. 30 posting. [read more]

Vietnam Rights Lawyer Threatened With ‘Discipline’ After Online Comment
23.08.2017 (RFA) - An official lawyer’s organization in central Vietnam’s Phu Yen province has threatened to “discipline” an attorney known for representing defendants in political cases after he suggested that most members of his profession use bribery to influence trials.
Vo An Don, a Phu Yen-based lawyer who has defended hundreds of members of underrepresented communities on a pro-bono basis, told RFA’s Vietnamese Service Wednesday that he received a letter from the Phu Yen Lawyer’s Association on Aug. 18 informing him he would “face discipline” for posting a comment on Facebook which said lawyers in Vietnam regularly use payoffs to win cases for their clients. [read more]

La libertad de expresión, encarcelada en Vietnam
21.08.2017 Ángel L. Martínez Cantera (El Pais) - El pasado mes de junio, la prominente bloguera vietnamita Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh –más conocida por Madre Seta, su pseudónimo en la red– fue condenada a 10 años de prisión; inculpada por "difamar" al régimen de Hanoi. Su pena de prisión se une a la de otros 20 blogueros y netizens –anglicismo para referirse a los ciudadanos activos en la red– que en la actualidad cumplen sentencias por hacer uso de su libertad de expresión, según Reporteros Sin Fronteras (RSF).
“La violencia se ha convertido en la táctica sistemática para reprimir a blogueros, escritores y activistas. Las autoridades vietnamitas trabajan con matones sin límites [...] Junto con agentes de seguridad vestidos de paisano, intimidan y atacan a sus familias y amigos para disuadirles de continuar sus actividades”, confirma vía email Benjamin Ismail, responsable hasta hace meses de la sección para Asia-Pacífico de Reporteros Sin Fronteras (RSF). El ahora activista independiente enumera denuncias de RSF hacia la represión del Gobierno: desde el acoso policial a familiares durante encuentros pacíficos hasta el ataque físico directo. [seguir leyendo]

Vietnam's President Calls for Tougher Internet Controls
20.08.2017 (Reuters) - HANOI - Vietnam's president called on Sunday for tougher controls on the internet in the face of dissidents who are using it to criticize the ruling Communist Party, and to combat threats to cybersecurity.
Vietnam's government has stepped up a crackdown on activists this year, but despite the arrest and sentencing of several high profile figures, there has been little sign of it silencing criticism on social media.
President Tran Dai Quang made the call in an article published on the government website. [read more]

RSF calls for release of Vietnamese blogger about to go on trial
18.08.2017 (RSF) - Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate and unconditional release of Nguyen Van Oai, a dissident blogger who is due to be tried in the central province of Nghe An on 21 August. It will be his second trial in four years.
Previously arrested in 2011, Oai was tried and sentenced in 2013 under penal code article 79 to four years in prison plus three years of home surveillance. [read more]

Vietnam's government must respect religious freedom, says Vatican envoy
17.08.2017 by Catholic News Service (The Tablet) - New 'Law on Belief and Religion' could 'condemn religious organisations when the government is dissatisfied'.
The Vatican envoy to Vietnam called on the Southeast Asian nation's communist government to respect religious freedom.
Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli, the nonresident representative of the Vatican to Vietnam, presided at the 13 August opening Mass of the Marian Congress, held at the national shrine of Our Lady of La Vang in central Vietnam's Quang Tri province. [read more]

Vietnam Activist Nguyen Bac Truyen Unaccounted For Two Weeks After Arrest
17.08.2017 (RFA) - The whereabouts of a member of an online democracy advocacy group are unknown more than two weeks after his arrest on charges of attempting to topple the country’s one-party state, his wife told RFA's Vietnamese Service on Thursday.
Nguyen Bac Truyen, a former political prisoner and member of the online Brotherhood for Democracy group, was arrested July 30 by authorities in central Vietnam’s Quang Binh province in a way that his relatives described as a “kidnapping.” [read more]




Petition in protest of the forced expropriation of Lien Tri Pagoda, Vietnam
On September 8th, 2016, Buddhist monks of Lien Tri Pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City were forcibly evicted by the authorities in preparation for the demolition of the structure, allegedly for urban development purposes.
The demolition of Lien Tri Pagoda and the eviction of the monks marked the culmination of a prolonged and tense period of harassment by the authorities of the pagoda’s occupants and of its worshippers.
P1 - Petition in protest of the forced expropriation of Lien Tri Pagoda, Vietnam
During the clearance, police forcibly blocked supporters from entering the site as they attempted to join the monks’ protest against the eviction. The pagoda’s resident abbot, Most Venerable Thich Khong Tanh, had to be hospitalized due to nervous shock and exhaustion...
This petition will be delivered to:
United Nations Human Rights Council
International Buddhist Confederation
United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion Mr. Heiner Bielefeldt
President of Vietnam Tran Dai Quang [read more & sign the petition]



Amnesty International - Vietnam 2016:

H1 - Prisons Within Prisons




10 Most Censored Countries

Vietnam 2015 - Not Free

* Menschenrechte / Human Rights 
Amnesty International - DEATH SENTENCES AND EXECUTIONS 2014
Amnesty International - DEATH SENTENCES AND EXECUTIONS 2014

... Figures on the use of the death penalty continued to be classified as a state secret in Viet Nam, where media reported at least three executions. The real figure is believed to be much higher. Amnesty International recorded that the courts imposed at least 72 new death sentences, 80% of which were for drug trafficking, and that at least 700 people remained under sentence of death at the end of the year... [read the report]

* Menschenrechte / Human Rights 
HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH
WORLD REPORT 2015 - Vietnam

HRW WORLD REPORT 2015 - Vietnam
Jan. 2015 (HRW) The human rights situation in Vietnam remained critical in 2014. The Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) continued its one-party rule, in place since 1975. Maintaining
its monopoly on state power, it faced growing public discontent with the lack of basic freedoms. While fewer bloggers and activists were arrested than in
2013, the security forces increased various forms of harassment and intimidation of critics.
Vietnamese courts lack independence and continue to be used as political tools of the CPV against critics.
Vietnam bans all independent political parties, labor unions, and human rights organizations. Authorities require official approval for public gatherings and refuse
to grant permission for meetings, marches, or protests they deem politically or otherwise unacceptable. ...
read HRW Vietnam Report

* Menschenrechte / Human Rights  
SILENCED VOICES - Prisoners of conscience in Viet Nam
SILENCED VOICES - Prisoners of conscience in Viet Nam
11.2013 (AI) - Prisoners of conscience in Viet Nam face arbitrary pre-trial detention for several months, are held incommunicado without access to family and lawyers, and are subsequently sentenced after unfair trials to prison terms ranging from two to 20 years or even, in some cases, life imprisonment. Many are held in harsh conditions amounting to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, with some of them subjected to torture and other ill-treatment, such as beatings by security officials or other prisoners.
read the full report

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