US Department of State releases Country Report on Human Rights Practices for 2011

On May 24, the US Department of State releases its annual report on human rights practices in close to 200 countries. The report’s section on Vietnam paints a grim picture of that country’s human rights conditions: “The Socialist Republic of Vietnam is an authoritarian state ruled by a single party, the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV)…

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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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Vietnam: The most repressive country in Southeast Asia

In a recent article in Foreign Policy, Dustin Roasa, a long-time observer based in Cambodia, describes Vietnam as “the most repressive country in Southeast Asia” now that Burma has released hundreds of political prisoners and restored a modicum of freedoms (press, opinion, political campaigning, and honest voting) thus opening the way for a return to…

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Hanoi shows no political will to fight human trafficking

by Nguyen Dinh Thang, PhD The government of Vietnam has made clear that it does not have the political will to combat human trafficking. Rather, the Vietnamese government’s solution to trafficking problems is to: (1) attack the messengers who bring the bad news, (2) intimidate the trafficking victims and potential victims so that no further…

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Catholic Priest Nguyễn Văn Lý, a Prisoner of Conscience

Sentenced to a total of 53 years for demanding social justice and religious freedom  Rev. Nguyễn Văn Lý was prohibited from speaking at his own trial held on March 30th, 2007. Reverend Thadeus Nguyễn Văn Lý was born in 1947 and ordained in 1974 by the martyred bishop Philip Nguyễn Kim Điền. The government of…

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Viet Khang, Songwriter with a Conscience

Jailed for expressing his patriotic feelings  Viet Khang, a songwriter currently detained by the public security police without charges, has quickly become the symbol and voice of conscience of the post-war generation of Vietnamese.  His arrest has prompted a movement among Vietnamese artists and intellectuals in Vietnam and overseas calling for his immediate and unconditional…

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STATUS OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IN VIETNAM: The Catholic Church

Reverend Peter Nguyễn Văn Khải, Redemptorist Order Rome, Italy October 16, 2011  The Vietnamese government claims that our people enjoys religious freedom.  When discussing religious freedom, officials frequently display pictures of recently built churches and scenes showing large numbers of believers attending Masses to convince others that there is religious freedom in Vietnam. Nothing is…

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Statement on the Vietnamese government’s violation of farmers’ property rights by the Nguyễn Kim Điền Group of Catholic Priests

Statement on the Vietnamese government’s violation of farmers’ property rights By the Nguyễn Kim Điền Group of Catholic Priests 15-05-2012 To: All our Countrymen (in Vietnam and overseas), including Vietnamese Farmers and Catholics of Vietnamese Descent To: the Governments of All Democratic Nations and All the Human Rights Organizations To: All People of Good Will Throughout the World. As temperatures rose…

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Police Brutality — reporters beaten on the job

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Vietnam’s Imprisoned Constituational Scholar In Short List for Human Rights Award

JURY OF IRISH PARLIAMENTARIANS SHORTLISTS VIETNAMESE HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER DR CU HUY HA VU FOR 2012 FRONT LINE DEFENDERS AWARD FOR HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS AT RISK Every year the Front Line Defenders Award for Human Rights Defenders at Risk is awarded to one individual, or group of individuals, who has made an outstanding contribution to…

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