Silencing Dissent In Vietnam

The harassment is "unacceptable," a U.S. State Department spokesman said.

Brave dissidents the world over daily put their lives on the line in an effort to bring about peaceful, democratic change in their respective countries. One such man is Vietnamese human rights and political activist Dr. Nguyen Dan Que. On February 25th, Dr. Que was taken into custody by Vietnamese authorities following his appeal for non-violent demonstrations, demanding an end to the Vietnamese government's one-party rule. Dr. Que was released 25 hours later, although he has been called back for additional interrogation.

Appeal by Dr. Nguyen Dan Que to the People of Vietnam

Living free or living in shame

Let’s stand up and declare: Living free or living in shame.

Let’s take to the streets to bring an end this corrupt and exploitative dictatorship and to demand jobs, food, shelter, education, healthcare.

Let’s fight against oppression.

Let’s fight against injustice.

Farmers: Let’s end land grabbing!

Workers: Let’s end labour exploitation!

Hanoi and the Doctor

The arrest of Nguyen Dan Que in Vietnam over the weekend has been overshadowed by events in Libya, but it deserves close attention. Dr. Que, a 69-year-old physician and occasional contributor to these pages, was rounded up for calling on his countrymen to follow the example of Tunisians, Egyptians and Libyans in taking to the streets to air their grievances. The fact that Hanoi seems so worried at the mere suggestion that people might protest is telling.

Vietnam arrest over Middle East protest calls

Updated March 2, 2011 11:06:52

On the weekend, police in Ho Chi Minh City arrested veteran activist, Nguyen Dan Que, after he urged urban youth to agitate for change.

Police allege Dr Que's computer contained 60,000 items of what they called 'anti-state' material.

Reuters news agency says Dr Que accused the communist leaders of driving Vietnam to the brink of bankruptcy through corruption and waste.

Vietnamese authorities must release Dr. Nguyen Dan Que

Amnesty International is calling for the immediate release of Dr. Nguyen Dan Que, a Vietnamese political and human rights activist, who was arrested on Saturday, 26 February 2011, by the Ho Chi Minh City Police Investigation Agency.

In an official media report, the Vietnamese authorities described Dr. Que as being caught "red-handed keeping and distributing documents" calling for the overthrow of the government. The police seized documents and a computer from his home. Article 79 in the national security section of the 1999 Penal Code provides for between five years and life imprisonment, or the death penalty for "overthrowing" the state.

Vietnam dissident detained for revolution calls

HANOI, Vietnam -- One of Vietnam's most prominent pro-democracy dissidents has been detained after calling for a revolution to overthrow the Communist government following a wave of Middle East uprisings, state-controlled media reported Monday.

Nguyen Dan Que last week posted an appeal on the Internet calling for the masses to launch an uprising to make a "clean sweep of Communist dictatorship and build a new, free, democratic, humane and progressive Vietnam."

Que called on young people to use the Internet and mobile phones to spread the word for millions to take to the streets and demand an end to Vietnam's one-party rule.

In Vietnam, rights take a beating

While the world's attention is riveted on the Middle East, democracy continues to struggle to take root in other regions.

Only last summer, Vietnam and the United States celebrated the 15th anniversary of the reestablishment of diplomatic relations. The resumption of ties has proved profitable for Vietnam: The United States is its largest foreign investor, the countries have more than $15 billion in annual bilateral trade, and 13,000 Vietnamese nationals are attending college in America.

Despite these developments, a U.S. official in Vietnam was manhandled by a crowd last month while police stood by. Christian Marchant, a political officer attached to the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi, was roughed up when he attempted to visit a dissident Roman Catholic priest.

International Committee for Freedom to Support the Non-Violent Movement for Human Rights in Vietnam

The Arrest of Political Dissident Nguyen Dan Que, M.D. in Vietnam

On Friday, February 25, 2011, Dr. Nguyen Dan Que, a political dissident, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Laureate and Nobel Peace Prize nominee was arrested in Vietnam following his appeal for non-violent democratic demonstrations.

After an editorial in the Washington Post which emphasized the abuse of a U.S. diplomat for seeking to visit an arrested Catholic priest in Hue, and within hours of the public release of his appeal, Que was detained by state security officials. The Communist security police in District Five Cholon searched Que's home taking away his personal phone and computer -- his only means of communication. They not only interrogated Que from 1 to 5 P.M. at his home, but also took him to the police station headquarters for further questioning.

Why does Vietnam fear a nonviolent, 69-year-old physician?

IT'S NOT EVERY day that a Washington Post op-ed has its truth proven within a few hours of publication, but author Nguyen Dan Que had that dubious satisfaction on Saturday.

In Saturday's Post, Dr. Nguyen, a noted Vietnamese democracy advocate, wrote, "While the world's attention is riveted on the Middle East, democracy continues to struggle to take root in other regions."

Sure enough, within hours security police were at his door. They seized his computer and telephone and hauled him down to the district police station.

Vietnam Arrests Anti-Govt Endocrinologist

The Ho Chi Minh City Police on Feb. 26 arrested endocrinologist Nguyen Dan Que for promoting multi-party democracy and human rights, which was considered anti-state activities, the Vietnam News Agency said Monday.

After a check on Que’s computer at his home, the police have found over 60,000 documentary titles written and kept by Dr. Que, in which the authors called for “overthrowing the authoritarian regime”.

In his publication, Dr. Que, who was granted with the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award in 1995, urged the public to rise up against the communist regime, the police said, adding Que used democratic revolutions in Africa as an inspiration for similar ones in Vietnam.

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