Court convicts activist for ‘propaganda’

UCAnews Asia Desk, Bangkok, Thailand June 8, 2012 Another man was sentenced to prison for anti-government activities, while the earlier convictions of two others were upheld in recent days. Phan Ngoc Tuan, 53, was sentenced Wednesday to five years in jail and three years under house arrest by the People’s Court of Ninh Thuan province.…

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Vietnamese mobs attacked Khmer-Krom Buddhist monks

  According to the Voice of Kampuchea-Krom (VOKK) broadcasted on April 19, 2012, around 3:30pm (local time) on April 19, 2012, eight Vietnam mobs carrying weapons attacked the Buddhist monks residing at the Khmer-Krom Wat Ro Temple in Vinh Thuong Commune, An Cu village, Tinh Bien district, An Giang Province. These Buddhist monks had to flee and seek…

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Khmer group says it shares goals of other minorities in Vietnam

 By Sok Khemara, VOA Khmer | Washington, DC Members of the Khmer minority in Vietnam recently met with State Department officials and are now looking for ways to unite with other minorities like the Hmong and Montagnards to protect themselves from persecution, a leading advocate says. Thach Ngoc Thach, president of the US-based Khmer Kampuchea…

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Land Expropriation in Vietnam

Compiled by NCVA & BPSOS Vietnam Human Rights Bulletin, Vol I, No 2 The Van Giang “police action” As noted above (“Vietnamreporters beaten up by riot police”), on April 24 an estimated 2,000 to 3,000 police armed with bludgeons, electric rods, and tear gas descended on Van Giang district in Hung Yen province to expropriate…

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Vietnam reporters beaten up by riot police — Vietnam Human Rights Bulletin Vol I, No 2

YouTube videos of the military-like land expropriation operation carried out by approximately 2,000 policemen and associated militia-like groups in Van Giang District, Hung Yen Province, showed two men being roughed up by the police and their associates.  It turned out that they were two radio reporters from the government’s own Voice of Vietnam (VOV) who…

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Civil Society Demands Transparency and Consultation on the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration

Media advisory   8th April 2012 In a joint statement released today, over 100 civil society organizations and networks across the ASEAN region have called for the release of the draft ASEAN Human Rights Declaration and the initiation of meaningful public consultations on its content. The Declaration is being drafted by the ASEAN Inter-governmental Commission…

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AICHR’s Consultation on ASEAN Human Rights Declaration: Too Little Too Late

(16 April 2012, Bangkok) The ASEAN human rights Commission appears to plan a one-off, token “consultation” with civil society, and only after it will have finalized, most if not all, the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration – this is outrageous and utterly unacceptable, said the Solidarity for Asian People’s Advocacy Task Force on ASEAN and Human…

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ASEAN’s road to nowhere? Subverting standards within the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration

“Significant swathes of the draft focus on limiting rights, rather than promoting and protecting them, with some particularly odious amendments being proposed by persistent human rights abusers Laos and Vietnam.”  By Phil Robertson Publihed in Strategic Review In July, the ASEAN foreign ministers meeting in Phnom Penh will receive one of the most important documents…

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Vietnam facing “time bomb” of dissent

“The US government and rights groups are expressing concern over Vietnam’s crackdown on freedom of expression, as the regime faces growing dissent and labor militancy,” the Democracy Digest of April 18, 2012, reports. Among the more notorious human rights violations in recent days figure the following: A Catholic priest, Nguyen Van Binh of Yen Kien…

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US Assistant Secretary Posner on Human Rights in Vietnam

“…the situation in Vietnam for human rights remains discouraging. Government officials repeatedly tell me they seek stability; their actions, however, serve to undermine that goal. Only through affording its citizenry the opportunity to exercise the basic human rights guaranteed in Vietnam’s own constitution and in international norms, can a government be secure. Many in Vietnam…

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