FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Independent groups in Vietnam barred from travel continue to fight for space in key regional forum

Vietnam – 17 November 2015 A collection of independent civil society organizations (CSOs) issued a joint statement to the ASEAN Civil Society Conference / ASEAN People’s Forum (ACSC/APF), to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on November 17-19, raising concerns over an undemocratic process that excludes independent civil society organizations from Vietnam. “There is no…

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Vietnam’s Draft Law Threatens Religious Freedom

Rights organizations call for comprehensive revision of Vietnamese government’s draft law on religion Bangkok, November 3, 2015 Citing a series of inconsistencies with international law protecting the right to freedom of religion or belief,  27  organizations, including international NGOs and regional civil society organizations today issued a joint statement criticizing Vietnam’s draft law on religion…

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Faith-based and other groups commit to strengthen freedom of religion or belief in Southeast Asia

Bangkok, Thailand – For the first time, approximately 70 human rights defenders, members of religious groups, rights groups, UN agencies and representatives from the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights, ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Rights of Women and Children, National Human Rights Institutions and other government agencies from across the region…

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PRESS RELEASE: Draft Law on Association is Regressive and Violates Basic Human Rights, Claim Independent CSOs in Vietnam

3 August 2015 – VIETNAM A collection of 22 independent civil society organizations (CSOs) have delivered a strong rebuke of the new draft law on associations set for review at Vietnam’s National Assembly in October. The independent CSOs’ joint statement points to an alarming number of areas, which would further infringe upon fundamental freedoms of…

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