FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Vietnamese independent groups challenge government control over ASEAN civic space

Vietnam – 27 January 2016 On June 10th the Vietnamese Independent Civil Society Network (VISCN), a collection of independent civil society organizations in Vietnam, formalized procedures to help independent groups in Vietnam engage with the ASEAN Civil Society Conference and ASEAN People’s Forum (ACSC/APF), the largest and most important regional civil society gathering in Southeast…

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Vietnam Independent Civil Society Network (VICSN) National Process for ASEAN Civil Society Conference / ASEAN People’s Forum (ACSC/APF) – TERMS OF REFERENCE – English Translation

[English translation provided by BPSOS] English Language Downloads PDF Word   January 10th, 2016 INTRODUCTION& OBJECTIVES These Terms of Reference (ToR) are agreed upon by the signatories, a network of independent Vietnamese civil society organizations, and officially establish the Vietnamese National Process for the ASEAN Civil Society Conference and ASEAN People’s Forum (ACSC/APF), one that…

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Vietnam Committee on Human Rights: EU should press for substantive progress, not promises, at EU-Vietnam Human Rights Dialogue in Hanoi

2015-12-14 | | Vietnam Committee on Human Rights PARIS, 14 December 2015 (Vietnam Committee) – The Paris-based Vietnam Committee on Human Rights (VCHR) called on the European Union today to press Vietnam to commit to urgent, measurable human rights progress at the fifth round of the enhanced EU-Vietnam Human Rights Dialogue to be held in…

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Collective concern grows on Vietnam’s draft law on religion

VIETNAM – 26 November 2015 On 3 November 2015 a diverse collection of international, regional, and local organizations, both religious and secular, released a joint statement of concern regarding Vietnam’s draft law on religion prior to the law’s debate in the National Assembly. Since the joint statement’s initial release, additional organizations, including ASEAN Parliamentarians for…

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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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Vietnam’s Draft Law of Religion – English Language Resources

UPDATE: On 3 November, a collection of religious organizations, civil society organizations and international NGOs released a joint statement of concern on Vietnam’s draft law on religion. [Click here for link to PDF] English Language Translations of the Draft Law on Religion Law on Religion – Draft 5 – English Translation (rough): Includes highlights of…

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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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Joint Statement of Independent Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) Regarding the Vietnamese Government’s Draft Law on Associations

August 2nd, 2015 This joint statement was prepared by the CSOs listed below, the same CSOs that the Vietnamese government has prevented from operating legally through the denial of their registration applications. I. First, we acknowledge that national laws’ clarity, completeness, and quality, and the capability for just and fair enforcement without favoring any element…

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