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Vietnam verurteilt Aktivist zu 20 Jahren Haft
21.08.2018 Thach Duong (Forum Vietnam 21) - In einer Verfolgungswelle gegen Dissidenten in Vietnam wurde ein Aktivist zu 20 Jahren Haft verurteilt. Reporter ohne Grenzen (RSF) fordern die Mitglieder des Europäischen Parlaments auf, Freihandelabkommen mit Vietnam einzufrieren, solange Informationsfreiheit nicht gewährte wird.
Ein Gericht in der Provinz Nghe An in Zentralvietnam verurteilte am 16.08.2018 den Aktivisten Le Dinh Luong, 53, zu 20 Jahren Haft und anschließdend fünf Jahren Hausarrest, nachdem er ihn für schuldig befunden hatte, die kommunistische Regierung zu stürzen, sagte sein Anwalt Ha Huy Son.
Der Aktivist wurde wegen "Versuchens, den Staat zu stürzen" nach Artikel 79 des Strafgesetzbuches verurteilt, weil er 2016 im Internet Clips veröffentlicht hatte, die zu Protesten gegen eine taiwanesische Industriegruppe Formosa aufriefen, die für erhebliche Meeresverschmutzung verantwortlich ist. [Weiterlesen]

Local EU statement on the recent conviction of Mr Le Dinh Luong
20.08.2018 (European Union External Action) - The EU Delegation notes the recent sentencing of Mr Le Dinh Luong under the national security provisions of the Penal Code to 20 years in prison, followed by five years of probation which follows the negative trend of repression against peaceful activists in Vietnam.
The EU Delegation regrets the decision by the Vietnamese authorities not to allow representatives of the EU Delegation and those of the EU Member States' embassies to observe the trial as it might raise questions as to the transparency of the process. [read more]

Treatment of Jailed Vietnam Dissidents Draws Petition, Hunger Strike
20.08.2018 (RFA) - Jailed Vietnamese human rights defender Tran Thi Nga has received beatings and death threats from a cellmate assigned to her by authorities, her husband told RFA’s Vietnamese Service on Monday after writing a petition to law enforcement officials.
Noted in Vietnam for her online activism, Nga, 40, was sentenced in July 2017 to nine years in prison for spreading "propaganda against the state" under Article 88 of Vietnam’s penal code, a provision frequently used to silence dissident bloggers and other activists. Her appeal was rejected in December. [read more]

Musiker und Besucher eines Musikevents in Vietnam von der Polizei angegriffen und schwer misshandelt
H1 - Bloggerin Pham Doan Trang (Bild links) und Sänger Nguyen Tin nach dem Angriff der Polizei
19.08.2018 H.A.Duong (Forum Vietnam 21) - Eine Gruppe von jungen Leuten wurde von Polizisten angegriffen und schwer misshandelt, als sie am Mittwochenabend, 15.08.2018, in Ho-Chi-Minh-Stadt/Saigon an einer privaten Aufführung von Liedern der vorkommunistischen Zeit teilnahmen.
Der Musikevent mit unpolitischen Liebesliedern aus der Zeit vor der Eroberung Südvietnams durch Hanois Truppen wurde von dem Musiker Nguyen Tin in einem kleinen Café veranstaltet. Die Polizei stürmte das Café, ging mit Gewalt gegen die Besucher vor und verletzte bekannte Aktivisten wie Pham Doan Trang, Nguyen Tin und Nguyen Dai schwer. [Weiterlesen]

Vietnamesische Bloggerin und Aktivistin Huynh Thuc Vy wegen "Verunglimpfung der Flagge" unter Hausarrest gestellt
H1 - Aktivistin und Bloggerin Huynh Thuc Vy
19.08.2018 Thach Duong (Forum Vietnam 21) - Die vietnamesische Aktivistin und Bloggerin Huynh Thuc Vy ist unter Hausarrest gestellt worden und darf das Land nicht verlassen, nachdem sie die Nationalflagge im letzen Jahr als Protest gegen die Regierung verunstaltet hatte.
Die Behörden im kommunistischen Land zeigen wenig Toleranz für Kritik jeglicher Art, und die Verunglimpfung nationaler Symbole wie der roten Flagge mit dem gelben Stern gilt als besonders beleidigend gegenüber Staat und Partei.
Huynh Thuc Vy, 32, wurde unter Hausarrest gestellt und ist bis Oktober von der Ausreise ausgeschlossen, während sie wegen "Verunglimpfung der Flagge"  ermittelt wird, nachdem sie 2017 weiße Farbe auf die Nationalfahne gestrichen hatte. [Weiterlesen]

US 'troubled' by trend of Vietnam jailing peaceful activists
18.08.2018 (The Sydney Morning Herald) - Hanoi, Vietnam: The United States said it was deeply concerned over Vietnam's conviction and sentencing of an activist this week, calling the trend of increased arrests and harsh sentences of government critics "troubling."
A State Department statement on Friday also called on the communist government to release all political prisoners and allow all individuals to express their views freely and assemble peacefully without fear of retribution.
Le Dinh Luong was sentenced to 20 years in prison and five years' probation on Thursday after being convicted of attempting to overthrow the government. [read more]

Amnesty Urges Vietnam to Investigate Beatings of Singer, Activists After Concert Raid
17.08.2018 (RFA) - The human rights watchdog Amnesty International on Friday called on Vietnam to investigate the beating this week of singer Nguyen Tin and activists who attended his concert, which was broken up by police in Ho Chi Minh City.
On August 15, dozens of uniform and plain clothes policemen stormed into a cafe and broke up Nguyen Tin’s “Memory of Saigon” show, at which he was singing apolitical love songs from before the 1975 communist revolution, witnesses told RFA’s Vietnam service.
The witnesses told RFA that at least four activists who were among about 50 people at the cafe were attacked by the plain clothes policemen. [read more]

EEUU exige la liberación de "todos los presos de conciencia" de Vietnam tras la condena a Le Dinh Luong
17.08.2018 (Europa Press) - WASHINGTON - Estados Unidos ha expresado su preocupación este viernes por la "tendencia" de las autoridades vietnamitas a detener y condenar a activistas por "cargos vagos" y ha pedido la liberación de "todos los presos de conciencia" del país, tras la sentencia a 20 años de cárcel contra el disidente Le Dinh Luong.
"Estamos profundamente preocupados de que un tribunal vietnamita haya condenado a Le Dinh Luong a 20 años de cárcel por cargos vagos de 'intento de derrocar a la Administración del pueblo'", ha dicho el Departamento de Estado en un comunicado firmado por su portavoz, Heather Nauert. [seguir leyendo]

U.S. concerned by Vietnam dissident sentence, harsh trend
17.08.2018 (Reuters) - WASHINGTON - The United States said on Friday it was deeply concerned by the sentencing of a Vietnamese dissident to 20 years in prison this week, calling a trend of increased arrests and harsh sentences for peaceful activism troubling.
A U.S. State Department statement on the sentencing of Le Dinh Luong after a one-day trial on Thursday called on Vietnam to release all prisoners of conscience immediately. [read more]

U.S. citizen detained and deported from Vietnam doesn't regret protesting
17.08.2018 by Chris Fuchs (nbcnews) - A U.S. citizen detained for 40 days in Vietnam said Thursday that he doesn’t regret participating in protests that landed him behind bars in the communist country.
Police in Ho Chi Minh City arrested Will Nguyen, 32, on June 10 while he took part in demonstrations against the Vietnamese government. Among the issues angering protesters were plans to establish special economic zones that they feared would be dominated by Chinese interests. [read more]

Vietnamese blogger gets 20-year jail sentence
16.08.2018 (Reporters without borders) - Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the record 20-year prison sentence that was passed today on Vietnamese blogger Le Dinh Luong for activities “aimed at overthrowing the people’s administration,” and calls on the European Parliament to block any trade agreement with Vietnam.
Passed at the end of a summary trial in which defence witnesses were not allowed to testify, this 20-year jail term is the longest sentence ever received by a Vietnamese citizen for trying to provide the public with information. [read more]

RSF dénonce la condamnation à vingt ans de prison du blogueur vietnamien Le Dinh Luong
16.08.2018 (Reporters sans frontières) - Un an après son arrestation, le blogueur Le Ding Luong s’est vu infligé une peine record de vingt ans de réclusion criminelle pour avoir tenté d’informer ses concitoyens sur Internet. Reporters sans frontières (RSF) condamne ce verdict inique et appelle les députés européens à réagir pour ne pas cautionner une flagrante violation de la liberté d’informer.
C’est la plus longue peine jamais prononcée au Vietnam contre un citoyen qui tentait d’informer le public.  [en savoir plus]

Vietnam: un militant condamné à 20 ans
16.08.2018 (Le Figaro) - Un militant vietnamien pour la démocratie a été condamné aujourd'hui à 20 ans de prison pour avoir appelé à des manifestations dans le pays qui ne cesse de durcir sa répression contre les opposants. Le Dinh Luong, 52 ans, avait été arrêté en juillet et son avocat, Ha Huy Son, a dénoncé un procès expéditif.
Le verdict est tombé très rapidement et certaines personnes en faveur de l'accusé n'ont pas pu témoigner, d'après l'avocat. Ce dernier a demandé l'annulation du procès, mais sa requête a été rejetée. Le militant a été reconnu coupable de "tentative de renversement de l'Etat" pour avoir posté sur internet des clips appelant à manifester contre un groupe taïwanaiss responsable d'une importante pollution marine. [en savoir plus]

Vietnam finds activist guilty of anti-government charges
16.08.2018 (Daily Mail) - HANOI, Vietnam (AP) - A court in central Vietnam sentenced an activist to 20 years in prison Thursday after finding him guilty of attempting to overthrow the Communist government, his lawyer said, in a case decried by international rights groups.
The court also sentenced Le Dinh Luong, 53, to five years of house arrest, said his lawyer Ha Huy Son.
"I think the sentence against Mr. Luong is too harsh," Son said after the half-day trial in Nghe An province. [read more]

Viet Nam: Politically-motivated case against environmental activist must be dropped
15.08.2018 (Amnesty International) - Ahead of tomorrow’s trial in Nghe An province of environmental rights activist, Le Dinh Luong, accused of taking part in activities aimed at “overthrowing the state”, Clare Algar, Amnesty International’s Director of Global Operations, said:
his is a patently unjust and politically-motivated case that should be dropped and Le Dinh Luong must be released immediately and unconditionally. [read more]

Viêt-Nam. Les poursuites engagées pour des raisons politiques contre un militant écologiste doivent être abandonnées
15.08.2018 (Amnesty International) - Le procès du militant écologiste Le Dinh Luong, accusé d’avoir pris part à des activités visant à « renverser le gouvernement », doit avoir lieu jeudi 16 août dans la province de Nghe An. À cette occasion, Clare Algar, directrice des Opérations mondiales d’Amnesty International, a déclaré :
Ces poursuites sont parfaitement injustes et motivées par des considérations politiques. Elles devraient être abandonnées et Le Dinh Luong doit être libéré immédiatement et sans condition. [en savoir plus]

Viêt-Nam. La blogueuse Huynh Thuc Vy doit être relâchée immédiatement
13.08.2018 (Amnesty International) - En réaction à l'arrestation le 9 août au matin de l'éminente défenseure des droits humains et blogueuse Huynh Thuc Vy par la police vietnamienne dans la ville de Buon Ho, dans la province de Dak Lak, Clare Algar, directrice des opérations mondiales au sein d’Amnesty International, a déclaré :
« Cette arrestation n'est rien d'autre qu'une manœuvre politique visant à faire taire l'une des voix les plus puissantes au service de la défense des droits humains au Viêt-Nam. [en savoir plus]

Vietnam activist put under house arrest for defacing flag
10.08.2018 (Daily Mail) - A Vietnamese activist was put under house arrest and barred from leaving the country after she defaced the national flag, she told AFP Friday, vowing to fight for democracy in the one-party state where dissent is swiftly stamped out.
Authorities in the communist country show little tolerance for criticism of any kind, and desecrating national symbols such as the yellow-starred red flag is deemed particularly offensive.
Huynh Thuc Vy, 32, was ordered to remain in her home and is blocked from leaving the country until October while she is under investigation for "affronting the flag" after she smeared white paint on the national banner last year. [read more]

Vietnamese Blogger, Rights Activist Detained by Police
09.08.2018 (RFA) - A well-known Vietnamese blogger and human rights advocate was taken into custody on Thursday by local police, who later returned to search her home where they confiscated her laptop computer, camera, books, and other personal items, her husband said.
Huynh Thuc Vy, a co-founder of the advocacy group Vietnamese Women for Human Rights, was seized by police in Dak Lak province’s Buon Ho town after refusing previous summons to come in to their offices for questioning, Vy’s husband Le Khanh Duy told RFA’s Vietnamese Service. [read more]

Vietnam's New Cybersecurity Law Will Hurt Economic Growth
08.08.2018 by David Shear (The National Interest) - As U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam from 2011 to 2014, I would console myself when faced with a diplomatic setback that Vietnam has always achieved progress by taking two steps forward and one step back. However, the passage of a restrictive cybersecurity law by Vietnam’s National Assembly is a giant step back—one that comes at the expense of Vietnam’s small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in particular.
The new law turns Vietnam into a silo at a time when Vietnamese firms, especially SMBs, must access global markets and technology. [read more]

Vietnamese Democracy Advocate Held in Dark Cell, in Failing Health
08.08.2018 (RFA) - Jailed Vietnamese democracy activist Nguyen Trung Truc, a member of the online Brotherhood for Democracy advocacy group, is suffering from failing eyesight after being held for long periods in a darkened cell, a fellow activist says.
Speaking with RFA’s Vietnamese Service on condition of anonymity, the activist—also a Brotherhood member—said that Truc’s son reported his father’s condition following a prison visit on Tuesday, adding that Truc has grown physically weaker in jail since his arrest last year. [read more]

Parish in North-Central Vietnam Screens Documentary on Jailed Blogger 'Mother Mushroom'
06.08.2018 (RFA) - A banned documentary on jailed Vietnamese blogger and activist Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh—also known by her blogger handle Me Nam, or Mother Mushroom—drew 1,000 people during a screening Sunday by a Catholic church in north-central Vietnam’s of Nghe An province, the parish priest said.
Quynh was sentenced in June 2017 to a decade in jail on charges of spreading “propaganda against the state” under Article 88 of Vietnam’s Penal Code. Quynh’s is one of the more high profile cases of activists handed heavy sentences as part of an ongoing crackdown by authorities in the Southeast Asian nation.
“After the service, we showed the documentary ‘When Mother is Away’ about blogger mother mushroom,” priest Dang Huu Nam, who is in charge of the My Khanh parish in Nghe An, told RFA.
“There were more than 1000 people from My Khanh parish coming to the show,” he added. [read more]

Vietnam-Dissident will für Reformen kämpfen
31.07.2018 (Der Farang) - HANOI/BERLIN (dpa) - Nach seiner Freilassung aus einem Gefängnis will sich der vietnamesische Regierungskritiker Nguyen Van Dai aus dem Exil in Deutschland für Reformen in seinem Heimatland einsetzen.
Der 49-Jährige kündigte in einem Gespräch mit der Deutschen Presse-Agentur dpa an: «Ich werde den Kampf für Frieden, Demokratie und Menschenrechte für das vietnamesische Volk weiterführen.» Möglicherweise sei dies aus Deutschland sogar besser möglich.
Der Menschenrechtsanwalt war erst im April in seiner Heimat wegen «staatsfeindlicher Aktivitäten» zu 15 Jahren Haft und weiteren 5 Jahren Hausarrest verurteilt worden. [Weiterlesen]

Vietnamese Religious Minorities Continue to Face Persecution
13.07.2018 Evan Maguire (The American Spectator) - On Wednesday, July 11th, the United States Embassy in Vietnam issued a statement criticizing a decision by a Vietnamese appeals court to continue to detain three human rights activists for “propaganda against the State.” These activists were not part of some vast effort to topple the Communist regime in Vietnam, but rather, took issue with various government abuses of human rights and other policies, and for this, they have been imprisoned.
Interestingly enough, the constitution of Vietnam, just like the US constitution, guarantees religious freedom, per a 2013 update. While this commitment looks good on paper, religious freedom in practice is lacking. [read more]

Submission to the Universal Periodic Review of Vietnam - 32nd session, January 2018
13.07.2018 (HRW) - Since the last periodic review in 2014, the government of Vietnam has shown little interest in improving its human rights record. It continues to restrict basic freedoms of expression, association, assembly, and religion.
Vietnam frequently uses vaguely worded and loosely interpreted provisions in its penal code and other laws to imprison peaceful political and religious activists. These include “Carrying out activities aimed at overthrowing the people’s administration” (article 109), “Undermining the unity policy” (article 116), “Making, storing, disseminating or propagandizing information, materials and products that aim to oppose the State of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam” (article 117), and “Disrupting security” (article 118). Vietnam also uses other articles in the penal code to target rights campaigners,  [read more]

Beijing says Liu Xia, widow of Nobel Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, left China for Germany on health grounds
10.07.2018 (SCMP) - The 57-year-old poet and artist left Beijing bound for Berlin on Tuesday morning aboard a Finnair flight, friends say.
Liu Xia, the widow of Chinese dissident and Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, left China for Germany on Tuesday after nearly eight years under house arrest.
China’s foreign ministry confirmed that she had left for health reasons.
Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a daily press briefing that the 57-year-old poet and artist had gone to Germany to “treat her illness according to her wishes”. [read more]

Jailed Vietnamese Blogger Mother Mushroom Begins Hunger Strike
06.07.2018 (RFA) - Jailed Vietnamese blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, also known as Mother Mushroom, has begun a hunger strike in prison, citing authorities’ refusal to transfer her to a cell away from a hostile and threatening cellmate, her mother says.
Quynh told her mother, Nguyen Thi Tuyet Lan, in a phone call that she will now refuse to eat until she is moved, Lan told RFA’s Vietnamese Service on Friday.
“My daughter said that from now on she won’t eat anything, not even the food that I send to her, until prison authorities address the requests that she has made,” she said [read more]

Viêt-Nam. Les autorités doivent protéger une militante des attaques collectives
06.07.2018 (Amnesty International) - Les autorités de la ville de Di Linh doivent agir immédiatement pour assurer la sécurité de la militante des droits des travailleurs Do Thi Minh Hanh, dont le domicile familial a été la cible de jets de pierres à trois reprises ces deux dernières semaines, a déclaré Amnesty International.
Do Thi Minh Hanh, membre du mouvement Lao Dong Viet, qui défend les droits des travailleurs au Viêt-Nam, a été attaquée une première fois dans la soirée du 24 juin, lorsqu’une douzaine d’hommes se sont mis à lancer des pierres sur la maison où elle habite avec son père. Son domicile a de nouveau été attaqué le 27 juin, quand des engins explosifs ont également été jetés, puis le 30 juin, lors de l’agression la plus violente jusqu’à présent. Ces attaques ont causé des dégâts importants, notamment des vitres brisées, des tuiles cassées et du mobilier abîmé. [en savoir plus]

Film screening cancelled in Bangkok after Vietnam complains
04.07.2018 (Bangkok Post) - A second screening of a documentary featuring Mother Mushroom, the Vietnamese blogger sentenced in 2017 to ten years in jail after publicising the environmental devastation caused by a toxic leak from a steel plant, was cancelled on Wednesday afternoon after a complaint from the Vietnamese embassy in Bangkok.
The complaint was followed by a police visit to the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand (FCCT), where was the film was to be screened for the second time on Wednesday evening. [read more]

Jailed Vietnamese Activist Vows to Stay in the Country to Work For Change
03.07.2018 (RFA) - A Vietnamese activist jailed in 2010 for writing online articles criticizing government policies has pledged not to go into exile abroad, saying he would rather stay in Vietnam to continue his fight for democracy and human rights, his family says.
Tran Huynh Duy Thuc, 52, was convicted on charges of plotting to overthrow the government under Article 79 of Vietnam’s penal code and is serving a 16-year term at Prison No. 6 in the Thanh Chuong district of Nghe An province.
Thuc spoke with his family by phone on June 30 following a June 25 meeting with representatives of the EU and German embassies, who visited him in prison. [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]



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Vietnam 2015 - Not Free

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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]

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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

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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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