Fixing the United States’ Human Rights Misstep With Vietnam

By selling weapons to Vietnam, the United States is selling out activitsts October 8, 2014 Author(s): John Sifton Published in: The Diplomat The United States government made a mistake this month in relaxing a ban on lethal arms sales and transfers to Vietnam — a non-democratic, one-party state with an abysmal human rights record. The U.S. move,…

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Torpedoes Don’t Kill People. Hanoi Kills People.

Why we shouldn’t be selling arms to Vietnam. BY JOHN SIFTON OCTOBER 3, 2014 The Obama administration announced on Oct. 2 that it was relaxing a decades-old ban on sales of lethal military equipment to Vietnam. The United States will now allow the Pentagon and U.S. companies to provide Vietnam with “maritime security-related defense articles.” The…

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US lifts 40-year arms ban to boost Vietnam sea defense

By Jo Biddle    Washington (AFP) – In a decision likely to anger China, the US is partly lifting a 40-year ban on arms sales to former foe Vietnam to help boost defenses in the tense South China Sea. The historic easing of the ban in place since the end of the Vietnam War in…

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Assault on freedom of expression continues in Southeast Asia: Lao bans online criticism

Communist Laos has issued a decree outlawing online criticism of policies of the ruling party or government, state media reported, the latest Southeast Asian country to enact strict internet controls. According to legislation approved by Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong last week, web users will face criminal action for spreading “false” information aimed at discrediting the…

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Vietnam: Pervasive Deaths, Injuries in Police Custody

Urgent Need to End Abuses, Ensure Justice for Victims PRESS RELEASE Bangkok (16 September 2014) – Police throughout Vietnam abuse people in their custody, in some cases leading to death, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The Vietnamese government should take immediate action to end suspicious deaths in custody and torture of…

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UN HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICE CONCERNED WITH THE CONVICTION OF THREE HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS IN VIET NAM

PRESS RELEASE BANGKOK  (29  August 2014) – The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia (OHCHR)  is concerned that a court in Viet Nam has convicted and imprisoned three  human  rights  defenders for their peaceful human rights work. On 26 August  2014, the Dong Thap Provincial People’s Court sentenced Ms. Bui Thi Minh  Hang,  Ms. …

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Statement by Senator John McCain in Hanoi, Vietnam

Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) today [August 8, 2014] delivered the following statement at a press conference in Hanoi, Vietnam: “I am Senator John McCain, and it is always a pleasure to be back in Vietnam. I am joined by my colleague Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island. “We have come to…

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UN Official: Vietnam Violates Religious Freedom

HANOI, Vietnam — Jul 31, 2014, 1:24 PM ET A U.N. official who went to Vietnam to assess religious freedom in this Southeast Asian country said Thursday that security agents closely monitored his visit and people he wanted to meet were harassed and intimidated. Heiner Bielefeldt, the U.N. special rapporteur, told journalists he concluded that…

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U.N. religion expert concerned over ‘interrupted’ Vietnam visit

Thu Jul 31, 2014 9:50am GMT By Martin Petty HANOI (Reuters) – A U.N. expert expressed worry on Thursday over “serious violations” of religious freedom in Vietnam following a fact-finding mission he said was interrupted by surveillance, harassment and intimidation. Heiner Bielefeldt, U.N. Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, said parts of his…

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UN Envoy Accuses Vietnam of ‘Serious Violations’ of Religious Freedom

RFA 2014-07-31 A special U.N. envoy on a mission to Vietnam has accused the authoritarian government of “serious violations” of religious freedom and said the country’s police harassed and intimidated people he had wanted to meet in the course of his investigations. Heiner Bielefeldt, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion, acknowledged that…

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