Inputs by Boat People SOS and Vietnamese Women for Human Rights at Constructive Dialogue following CEDAW Review, July 10, 2015

July 10, 2015 Vietnamese women farmers are disproportionately affected by the local government’s land grabbing policies in rural communes throughout the country. They have therefore been at the forefront of protests against government expropriation of their farmlands with below-market-value compensation, and without effective policies for relocation or alternative income-generation opportunities. Many of these women have…

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PRESS ADVISORY: Harsh Laws on Free Association and Attacks on Female Activists Highlighted as Vietnam Undergoes its Review on U.N. Treaty on Women’s Rights (CEDAW)

For Immediate Release, July 9, 2015 The 61st Session on CEDAW (the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women) is now underway. In preliminary meetings, Ms. Khue-Tu Nguyen, a representative of Vietnamese Women for Human Rights (VNWHR), alerted the reviewing Committee of gross violations of women’s rights and treaty obligations. VNWHR…

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Independent CSO Vietnamese Women for Human Rights (VNWHR) Delivers Oral Statement to the CEDAW Committee

VIETNAMESE WOMEN FOR HUMAN RIGHTS A human rights CSO in Vietnam Presented to the CEDAW Committee on 6 July 2015 Madame Chair, Vietnamese Women for Human Rights (VNWHR) is a independent civil society organization committed to protecting Vietnamese women, especially those whose rights are violated by the government and its police forces. We wish to…

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PRESS RELEASE: In the Face of Exclusion and Suppression: An Independent Women’s Rights Organization Weighs in on Women’s Rights in Vietnam

VNWHR meets with persecuted Hoa Hao Buddhist monk June 24 2015 – This July, the Convention to End Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) will hold its 61st session in Geneva. Among those countries up for review is Vietnam. Leading up to the session, official state reports along with shadow and alternative reports from civil society are…

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PRESS RELEASE: Genuine CSOs from Vietnam join ASEAN’s largest civil society forum in full force

DVOV.org’s ACSC/APF exhibit space for meeting Vietnam’s Independent CSOs May 27, 2015 – Independent civil society organizations (CSOs) from Vietnam made their presence felt at the 10th ASEAN People’s Forum and ASEAN Civil Society Conference (ACSC/APF) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, this April. While Vietnam’s presence remains heavily controlled by government representatives posing as CSOs, also…

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A brief Statement by Genuine Vietnamese Civil Society Organizations / Tuyên bố của các tổ chức XHDS độc lập ở Việt Nam

Vietnam, April 3, 2015This statement is jointly issued by the following organizations including those marginalized from the so-called “Vietnamese national process for ACSC/APF 2015”: I- First of all, we recognize the important and indispensible role of ASEAN independent civil society organizations (CSOs) in promoting prosperity, stability, and democratization for every ASEAN member nation and for…

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ASEAN rights activists demand change ahead of People’s Forum

Asian Correspondent by Casey Hynes March 26, 2015 The missing Laotian civil society leader Sombath Somphone will be at the forefront of the conversation at the ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ASEAN People’s Forum meets in Kuala Lumpur next month. Sombath is a victim of enforced disappearance, and was kidnapped in Vientiane, Laos, in 2013. The Laos…

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Thư ngỏ gửi Hội đồng Nhân quyền Liên Hiệp Quốc và các cơ chế nhân quyền quốc tế về tình trạng vi phạm nhân quyền tại Việt Nam và chiến dịch Vận động Nhân quyền 2015

Ngày 10 tháng 3, 2015 Kính gửi quý vị lãnh đạo và đại sứ các nước tại Liên Hiệp Quốc, Chúng tôi, những tổ chức dân sự hoạt động độc lập cho nhân quyền và người dân Việt Nam trong và ngoài nước ký tên dưới đây, muốn xác minh những gì mà những Báo…

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Open Letter to the United Nations’ Human Rights Council and its Mechanisms Concerning Vietnam’s Human Rights Abuses and The People’s Human Rights Campaign for 2015

10 March 2015 To Their Excellencies, Ambassadors to the United Nations, UN Human Rights Council Member and Observer States, Distinguished UN special procedures mandate holders, We, the undersigned civil society organizations, Vietnamese citizens and those of Vietnamese origin living abroad, would like to reiterate what the Special Rapporteurs on Freedom of Expression and Freedom of…

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Vietnam: Christian Human Rights Lawyer’s Home Attacked at End of House Arrest

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) March 12, 2015 Vietnamese human rights lawyer and activist Nguyen Van Dai has reported that his home in Hanoi was attacked by “thugs” on 5 and 6 March. Lawyer Dai is reportedly unable to leave his home because he fears he will be attacked by “thugs” and security officers. On 5…

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