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Inside Viet Nam's secretive and torturous world of 'prisons within prisons'

A new report published by Amnesty International today casts a rare light on the torture and other harrowing treatment of prisoners of conscience locked up in Viet Nam’s secretive network of prisons and detention centres.

Prisons within Prisons: Torture and ill-treatment of prisoners of conscience in Viet Nam details the ordeals endured by prisoners of conscience in one of the most closed countries in Asia, including prolonged periods of incommunicado detention and solitary confinement, enforced disappearances, the denial of medical treatment, and punitive prison transfers.

Human Rights in Vietnam after Obama's Visit

President Barack Obama's three day visit left a lasting and significant impact on the future of Vietnam. On the very first day of diplomatic engagements, the US President announced the lift on the sale of lethal weapons to Vietnam which had been in place for more than five decades, removing the last barrier in the normalisation process of bilateral relations between the two countries. Contrary to some news report from Vietnam, request to purchase US weapons would still be considered on a case by case basis and subject to conditions including human rights.

Vietnamese Activist Father Ly Released

Washington, D.C. – Freedom Now is pleased to announce the release of democracy activist Father Thadeus Nguyen Van Ly from prison after nine years of wrongful imprisonment. Father Ly was serving an eight year sentence related to his affiliation with Bloc 8406, a pro-democracy organization. He was granted special amnesty by the president and released a few days before President Obama’s historic visit to Vietnam. Although Father Ly was released from prison he is still serving a five year sentence of house arrest.

Moving on in Vietnam, but Remembering Its Lessons

As President Obama visits Vietnam, we are struck by the fact that most citizens of both countries have no living memory of a conflict that claimed the lives of more than 58,000 Americans and upward of a million Vietnamese.

As Americans who fought in that war, we are frequently asked about its lessons. There are few easy answers, in part because every conflict is unique and because we have learned that attempts to apply past lessons to new crises sometimes do more harm than good. But a few things are clear.

Letter to President on Dead Fish & Visiting Prisoners of Conscience

May 19, 2016

President Barack Obama The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Obama,

We write to bring pressing issues regarding health, environmental, and human rights concerns for your upcoming trip to Vietnam to your attention. We understand that you have received
numerous messages, including letters from several of us, making requests of you for this trip. We hope you will give the important matters in this letter the same attention and consideration as you have given those requests.

DAS Scott Busby’s Remarks Vietnam Human Rights Day

Wednesday, May 11

Thank you. It’s a privilege and honor to be with you today. I wish to offer a special thanks to Dr. Quan who helped to make this day possible and continues to be a leader in advocating for the human rights of the Vietnamese people. Thanks also to the members of Congress and their staff who continue to follow events in Vietnam closely and are persistent in urging greater respect for human rights.

The Announcement of 2016 Gwangju Prize for Human Rights Recipients

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The Announcement of 2016 Gwangju Prize for Human Rights Recipients

The 2016 Gwangju Prize for Human Rights Committee has chosen Nguyen Dan Que and BERSIH 2.0 (Gabungan Pilihanraya Bersih dan Adil), as the co-recipient of the Prize. Nguyen Dan Que is a Vietnamese pro-democracy activist in Saigon and BERSIH 2.0 is the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections.

Vietnamese Democracy Activist, Dr. Nguyen Dan Que Wins Prestigious South Korean Human Rights Award

Vietnamese Democracy Activist Wins Prestigious South Korean Human Rights Award

Saigon, Vietnam – 4 May 2016

Vietnamese democracy activist, Dr. Nguyen Dan Que, is the 2016 co-recipient of the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights. Dr. Nguyen Dan Que is the first Vietnamese winner of this prestigious Human Rights award, which has since 2000 been given to those who promote human rights, democracy and peace in their work. Burma’s Aung San Su Kyi also received this award in 2004.

The Announcement of 2016 Gwangju Prize for Human Rights Recipients

The 2016 Gwangju Prize for Human Rights Committee has chosen Nguyen Dan Que and BERSIH 2.0 (Gabungan Pilihanraya Bersih dan Adil), as the co-recipient of the Prize. Nguyen Dan Que is a Vietnamese pro-democracy activist in Saigon and BERSIH 2.0 is the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections.

United States Releases Annual Human Rights Reports

The United States released its 2015 Human Rights Reports today. The reports, now in their 40th year, document the status of human rights conditions in 199 countries and territories around the world.

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