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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.

Vietnam Imprisons Bloggers

A Vietnamese court convicted and sentenced Nguyen Huu Vinh and his colleague Nguyen Thi Minh Thuy for allegedly “abusing the rights to freedom and democracy to infringe upon the interests of the state.

Asia Democracy Alliance Seminar in the US Congress, in Celebration of its 10th Anniversary

Place: In room 2103 of Rayburn House Office Building of the US Congress
Time: 1:30pm - 3:30pm, Thursday, February 11, 2016
Program Chaired by: Dr. Wenhe LU and Mr. Sam CHIN

Opening remarks: WEI Jingsheng

Speakers:

1. Lama Kyap Gazan, Vice Chair, Chinese Tibetan Friendship Society:
An Update on Tibet

2. Cheuk Kwan, Chair, Toronto Association for Democracy in China:
Advocating for Human Rights in China: a Canadian Perspective

3. Roland Watson, Founder, Dictator Watch:
A Reality Check for Burma/Myanmar

Hanoi’s Old Guard in Command

Economic reform could stall even as growing ties with the West endure.

The Communist Party of Vietnam reappointed Nguyen Phu Trong to the top post of General Secretary on Wednesday. That means Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, known as an economic reformer and China hawk, will likely retire later this year. Mr. Dung had campaigned for promotion on the basis of his many achievements, and he might have brought a more populist style of leadership. His defeat suggests that the Party’s old guard remains firmly in control.

Challenges to Women Rights in the UN-declared Disputed Region of Gilgit Baltistan

By Senge Sering, World Economic & Resource Council

September 18, 2015

Agenda Item 3: Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development

Honorable Mr. President,

Respecting Human Rights in Vietnam's Interest

"The freedom to speak, freedom to worship, to travel, to acquire knowledge and information," said Secretary Kerry, "these are essentials."

In the twenty years that the United States and Vietnam have reestablished relations, barriers of mistrust and misunderstanding continue to fall. This has made possible an honest dialogue on human rights and democratic freedoms. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry stressed that it is in Vietnam's interest to respect human rights.

The Wrong Message to Vietnam

This week President Obama will host the head of the Vietnam Communist Party, Nguyen Phu Trong, at the White House. The meeting is a curious event--partly because Trong is not a head of state but instead the leader of Vietnam's constitutionally-mandated ruling party--but also because Vietnam has done so little in recent months to deserve the reward that is an Oval Office meeting. It remains a thoroughly autocratic and undemocratic state ruled by a single party, headed by Trong, in which repression, torture, and religious persecution are the norm.

Senate Human Rights Caucus Launches Amid Human Tragedy Abroad

James Foley. Steven Sotloff. David Haines. These are the now familiar names of Westerners executed by ISIS terrorists. But they are not ISIS's only victims.

As I write, more than 800,000 Iraqis have fled their homes, and thousands of women and girls have been abducted throughout Iraq and Syria. In fact, the number of women missing due to ISIS far eclipses the number of schoolgirls kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram in Nigeria last spring.

TPP Will Help Workers In Vietnam Pursue Their Rights

By TOM MALINOWSKI
June 08, 2015

Vietnamese Civil Society Groups Discuss Human Rights With U.S. Delegation

A U.S. human rights delegation met with representatives from Vietnam’s civil society on Wednesday to discuss issues related to human rights and democracy and gauge their support for a U.S.-led regional trade pact.

Blogger Nguyen Tuong Thuy (who blogs for Radio Free Asia), one of the attendees, told RFA’s Vietnamese Service that the U.S. embassy invited civil society organizations to meet with the delegation to discuss the country’s human rights situation at the two-day conference in Hanoi.

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