Religious Freedom Still Lags in Vietnam

U.S. State Department's most recent findings on religious freedom in Vietnam produced mixed results.

Religious freedom – your right to worship as you choose -- is central to our national identity as Americans and a core objective of U.S. foreign policy. The right to believe in a religious creed or not, without fear of government interference, is essential to human dignity, robust civil society and sustainable democracy.

Envoy Nominee Open to Lifting Arms Ban to Vietnam

President Barack Obama's nominee to become the next U.S. ambassador to Vietnam said Tuesday it may be time for Washington to consider lifting a ban on the sale and transfer of lethal weapons to the former American enemy.

Ted Osius told his Senate confirmation hearing that the U.S. has made clear to the nation's authoritarian government that the ban can't be lifted without significant progress on human rights.

Numbered Days for Hanoi’s Regime

It was a little more than two weeks ago when Chinese state-owned corporation CNOOC moved an oil rig into contested waters off the Vietnamese coast for “exploratory work” at the behest of Beijing. Not surprisingly, Hanoi was less than receptive to the oil rig’s new home, which it pointed out was located within Vietnam’s 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone.

The Death of Teacher Dinh

As Hanoi was opposing a U.N. human rights resolution, activist Dinh Dang Dinh died of medical neglect.

Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed

Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed
14 April 2014

The early release in Viet Nam of several prisoners of conscience is welcome, but serves to highlight the situation of at least 70 others who remain jailed for peacefully expressing their opinions, Amnesty International said today.

Nguyen Tien Trung, Vi Duc Hoi and Cu Huy Ha Vu have all been released over the past week.

Letter of Congressman Frank Wolf to Ambassador David Shear

Letter of Congressman Frank Wolf to Ambassador David Shear April 2, 2014

File is attached below

Reporters Without Borders releases 2014 Press freedom index

The 2014 Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom Index spotlights major declines in media freedom in such varied countries as the United States, Central African Republic and Guatemala and, on the other hand, marked improvements in Ecuador, Bolivia and South Africa.

The same trio of Finland, Netherlands and Norway heads the index again, while Turkmenistan, North Korea and Eritrea continue to be the biggest information black holes, again occupying the last three positions.

Vietnam Dissident Released After Brutal Arrest

Tra Mi
February 10, 2014

A well-known Vietnamese human rights activist has been released from detention, just 24 hours after he says he was brutally arrested inside his home.

Nguyen Bac Truyen says hundreds of police and undercover agents raided his home in southern Dong Thap province Sunday, firing three gunshots before violently taking him away.

Truyen, who was released late Monday in Ho Chi Minh City, told VOA's Vietnamese service that he refused to answer any questions from the police.

Vietnam: Honor Commitments to Human Rights Council

(New York) – United Nations (UN) member states should press Vietnam to make verifiable commitments to improve its dismal human rights record at the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in Geneva on February 5, 2013, Human Rights Watch said today. The UPR is a process all UN member states undergo every four years to assess each country’s human rights situation.

Thai Protesters Undeterred by Election Plan

BANGKOK — Thailand's anti-government protesters are vowing to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her family from politics even if Sunday’s elections reaffirm her popular support. Thai experts say mediation is needed to prevent further violence, and so far there are few signs of negotiation.

Thailand's protesters, like Surachet Sinkreawan, say they are undeterred by the government's decision to proceed Sunday with national polls.


Subscribe to Rallying For Democracy RSS