Montagnards Missing

By Phak Seangly Phnom Penh Post March 12, 2015 Four of the 36 Jarai Montagnards deported last month have “disappeared” from their village in Vietnam’s central highlands, prompting fears among villagers that they may have been detained by the authorities. The group of 36 Montagnards was deported on the night of February 24 after attempting…

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Police Deny Arrest of 36 Montagnards

By Chris Mueller and Aun Pheap March 3, 2015 The Cambodia Daily The chief of police in Ratanakkiri province on Monday denied that authorities arrested 36 Montagnards, who the U.N. and local villagers say were deported to Vietnam last week while attempting to reach Phnom Penh to apply for asylum. Wan-Hea Lee, country representative for…

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Montagnards Attempting to Reach Capital Deported

By Aun Pheap The Cambodia Daily March 1, 2015 A group of 36 Montagnard asylum seekers who went missing last week after they left their hiding places in the forests of Ratanakkiri province have been arrested and deported back to Vietnam, the U.N. and local villagers said Sunday. Wan-Hea Lee, country representative for the U.N.’s…

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Internet Censorship Is Taking Root in Southeast Asia

Every time Le Anh Hung starts to write he thinks of his three young children. The 38-year-old has already been imprisoned twice for blogging about human rights and corruption from his home in Hanoi and lives half-expecting another fateful knock at the door. And yet “I’m not scared,” he says, “I know what I choose to do…

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Dr Nguyen Dan Que: Propel Vietnam toward Democracy

Propel Vietnam toward Democracy by Dr. Nguyen Dan Que July 24, 2014   During a White House meeting this week with Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang, President Obama has a golden opportunity to nudge Vietnam toward democracy.   The United States has repeatedly warned Vietnam that economic development and democracy must go hand in hand.…

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Joint Statement Regarding the Upcoming Meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and Vietnamse President Truong Tan Sang

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJuly 24, 2013   Joint Statement of Human Rights Organizations Regarding the Upcoming Meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang   The upcoming visit to the United States by President Truong Tan Sang of Vietnam presents an opportunity for U.S. President Barack Obama to reiterate his Administration’s position that Vietnam’s “backsliding” on human rights is…

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Vietnam: President’s Visit to Washington Puts Rights in Spotlight

Obama Needs to Address Worsening Crackdown on Dissidents JULY 22, 2013   (Washington, DC) – Vietnam’s intensifying crackdown on free expression should be a top agenda item during Vietnam President Truong Tan Sang’s summit with President Barack Obama this week, Human Rights Watch said today. Sang will be in the United States from July 24 to 26 and…

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Statement from a Network of Vietnamese Bloggers

VIETNAM SHOULD AMEND LAW TO DEMONSTRATE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL CANDIDACY COMMITMENT   18 July 2013   The United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) is responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe and for addressing situations of human rights violations and making recommendations on them.   As a candidate for…

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Statement from Members of the European Parliament

Baroness Catherine Ashton of UphollandVice-President/High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security PolicyEuropean External Action Service1046 BrusselsBelgium   CC: Karel De GuchtCommissioner for Trade 1049 BrusselsBelgium   Brussels, 11 July, 2013   Honourable High Representative,   Baroness Catherine Ashton,   We are writing to you to share our concerns about the deteriorating situation of human rights in…

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