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Frige kvinnliga människorättsförsvarare i Vietnam

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Sexuellt våld, smutskastningskampanjer och godtyckliga gripanden – det är bara några exempel på allvarliga kränkningar som kvinnliga människorättsförsvarare i Vietnam utsätts för. På den internationella kvinnodagen, den 8 mars, vore det ett ypperligt tillfälle för den vietnamesiska staten att stå upp för kvinnors rättigheter i landet. Bland annat genom att frige alla de kvinnliga människorättsförsvarare som hålls frihetsberövade på godtyckliga grunder.

(English) 2015 Civil Rights Defender of the Year Arrested in Vietnam

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(English) Yesterday, the Vietnamese Blogger, Nguyễn Ngọc Như Quỳnh was detained by the authorities in Khanh Hoa province of Vietnam accused of spreading propaganda against the State. Writing under the pen name Me Nam (Mother Mushroom), Ms. Qunyh was the 2015 recipient of the Civil Rights Defender of the Year Award. No trial date has been given, but if convicted, Me Nam could face a maximum prison sentence of 20 years which is permitted under the current law.

(English) Open Letter- Criticising Proposed Law on Belief and Religion in Vietnam

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(English) Civil Rights Defenders and scores of other civil society organisations have written to the President of the Vietnam National Assembly on Vietnam’s draft Law on Belief and Religion expressing their concerns regarding the proposed Law. The draft law, which has been revised several times has drawn strong criticism from many religious communities, is expected to be voted into law by the National Assembly at its session in October-November 2016.

Mänskliga rättigheter i Vietnam

Against the backdrop of a growing and diversifying civil society movement, the Government of Vietnam continues to repress dissidents and human rights defenders and has taken steps in recent years to amend or introduce laws and regulations that impact on civil and political rights. A host of laws, regulations and decrees grant broad discretionary powers to officials to impose restrictions of basic rights and freedoms guaranteed in the Constitution and under international human rights law. The public consultation period before the adoption of a revised Constitution in 2013 saw significant public demand for rule of law reforms. The legislature has amended a number of laws in 2015, including the Penal Code, Criminal Procedure Code, and Civil Code. Laws on public assembly and on association are pending.

(English) 34 Years Later, Vietnam Needs Larger Freedom

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On the eve of the 34th anniversary of Vietnam becoming a party to key human rights treaties, the human rights situation in the country continues to be marked by the prosecution and imprisonment of human rights defenders, violence against activists and protesters, use of repressive laws to criminalise expression, and inadequate guarantees to ensure citizens’ right to participate in public affairs, including in land use and environmental decision-making.

(English) Vietnam: Blogger Transferred to Remote Prison

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(English) The arbitrary transfer of political prisoner Trần Huỳnh Duy Thức to a remote prison does not comply with Vietnam’s obligations under international human rights law and standards, Civil Rights Defenders said today. Thức, who was an active blogger before his imprisonment, was transferred on 5 May to a prison about 1500 km away from where his immediate family is based. His family did not receive prior notice.

(English) Vietnam: Alleged Torture of Tran Thi Hong Must be Investigated

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(English) In a joint statement released on 26 April, Civil Rights Defenders and several other civil society organisations call on Vietnam to carry out an investigation into allegations that Mrs. Tran Thi Hong was tortured on 30 March 2016 by the local authorities of Gia Lai Province, while in custody. We call on Vietnam to bring perpetrators to justice and provide reparations to Mrs. Tran Thi Hong.

(English) Vietnam: Five Years in Prison for Popular Blogger

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(English) On March 23, prominent blogger Nguyễn Hữu Vinh, more known under his pen name Anh Ba Sam, was sentenced to five years in prison. His assistant Nguyễn Thị Minh Thúy received a three-year prison sentence. “This is a clear case of the Vietnamese authorities using vaguely worded legal provisions as a tool to silence human rights defenders,” said Brittis Edman, South East Asia Programme Director at Civil Rights Defenders.

(English) Vietnam Should Cooperate with UN Human Rights Mechanisms

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(English) This week the 31st session of the UN Human Rights Council begins in Geneva, Switzerland. Vietnam is in the final year of its three-year term as a council member. Yet its cooperation with UN human rights mechanisms remains weak. Arbitrary restrictions on civil and political rights in Vietnam are on-going, despite the country being a state party to multiple international human rights treaties.

(English) Vietnam: Call for Immediate Release of Prisoners of Conscience

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(English) Civil Rights Defenders along with six civil society organisations call on the Vietnamese authorities to immediately release two prisoners of conscience Nguyễn Văn Đài and Lê Thu Hà. They were arrested on 16 December 2015 and charged under Article 88 of the Penal Code for ‘Conducting propaganda against the state’. All efforts by family and legal counsel to visit the pair since their arrests have been denied.

(English) Civil Society Urges Obama to Press for the Release of Thich Quang Do

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(English) Civil Rights Defenders along with numerous other civil society organisations in a letter to President Obama have called on him to press for the release of Vietnam’s most long standing prisoner of conscience Thich Quang Do. President Obama is due to attend the upcoming Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum and the US – ASEAN and East Asia summits where he will have the opportunity to meet with Vietnamese leaders.

(English) Joint Statement of Concern on Draft Law on Religion

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(English) Civil Rights Defenders joins 26 civil society organizations in calling for Vietnam’s government to comprehensively revise the draft Law on Belief and Religion to comply with Vietnam’s obligations under international human rights law, and to do so through broad-based and inclusive consultation. In its present form, the draft law places limitations on freedom of religion or belief that extend beyond those permitted under international human rights law that is binding on Vietnam.

(English) Cambodia Must Stop Refoulement of Montagnard Asylum Seekers

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(English) In a joint statement eleven civil society organizations, including Civil Rights Defenders, express concern about the possible refoulement by the Cambodian government of over 100 Montagnard asylum seekers to Vietnam. Cambodia should uphold its legal obligations and initiate Refugee Status Determination procedures for all individuals currently seeking asylum in the county.

(English) Vietnam: Restrictions on Freedom of Movement Violate Domestic and International Law

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(English) Authorities in Vietnam have blocked at least 33 human rights defenders and activists from freely travelling abroad or internally in the last six months, despite legal protection of the right to freedom of movement. Civil Rights Defenders considers these restrictions arbitrary and in violation of Vietnam’s obligations under its own Constitution and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).

(English) Fourth Viet Pride Promotes Diversity in Common Spaces in Vietnam

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(English) Despite a rainy weekend, hundreds turned out to attend the 4th annual Viet Pride in Hanoi, that included a bike rally through the streets of the capital city on August 02nd . As part of its work to combat non-discrimination worldwide, Civil Rights Defenders supports Viet Pride and has participated in this year’s events along with a growing coalition of local and international supporting organisations, including civil society groups, businesses, and foreign embassies.

(English) End of Sentence for Lawyer a Reminder of On-going Detention of Prisoners of Conscience in Vietnam

(English) Le Quoc Quan, a prominent human rights lawyer and blogger, left An Diem prison in Quang Nam province last Saturday after completing his 30-month sentence. Civil Rights Defenders considers the 2013 “tax evasion” charges against Quan reprisal against his writings on human rights abuses and democratic reforms, topics usually not reported by State-controlled media in Vietnam.

(English) Joint Statement Calling for the Release of Vietnamese Prisoner of Conscience

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(English) Several human rights organizations call on the Vietnamese government to abide by their international and domestic obligations and immediately release Tran Huynh Duy Thuc, Vietnamese ICT entrepreneur and blogger. Tran Huynh Duy Thuc was arrested under the initial charge of “promoting anti-government propaganda” under Article 88 of the Vietnamese Penal Code for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression.

Vietnamesisk människorättsförsvarare fortfarande fängslad

Dagen innan domstolsförhandlingen arrangerade över 3000 vietnameser en ljusmanifestation för Le Quoc Quan.

Le Quoc Quan, försvarsadvokat i ett flertal människorättsfall och känd för sina regimkritiska blogginlägg, förblir fängslad, enligt utfallet i överklagandedomen som meddelades i Hanoi den 18 februari. ”Det fanns en förhoppning om att Vietnams nyvunna plats i FN:s människorättsråd skulle kunna öka trycket på en rättvis rättegång”, säger Brittis Edman, Civil RIghts Defenders.

Fängslad bloggare hungerstrejkar sedan närmare fyra veckor

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En framstående fängslad vietnamesisk bloggare, Nguyen Van Hai, mer känd under pseudonymen Dieu Cay, hungerstrejkar sedan närmare fyra veckor. Hai, som avtjänar ett 12 år fängelsestraff för sin fredliga aktivism, började enligt uppgift sin hungerstrejk den 26 juni i protest mot förhållandena i fängelset. Samtidigt har 69 bloggare i landet undertecknat det första gemensamma uttalandet någonsin med krav på juridiska reformer.

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Mänskliga rättigheter i Vietnam

Vår gäst i vårens sista seminarium i serien ”En timme mänskliga rättigheter” berättar om människorätts-situationen i Vietnam. Vilka frågor är viktigast, hur är civilsamhället organiserat och hur ser befolkningens kunskap och intresse för mänskliga rättigheter ut? Den vietnamesiska staten har full kontroll över informationen till medborgarna och den som kritiserar makthavarna fängslas och bötfälls. Giang […]