The human rights situation in Vietnam deteriorated significantly in 2013

The human rights situation in Vietnam deteriorated significantly in 2013, worsening a trend evident for several years. The year was marked by a severe and intensifying crackdown on critics, including long prison terms for many peaceful activists whose “crime” was calling for political change.

Letter to Ambassador Shear

I am writing to call your attention to an incident that occurred on December 31st, 2013 when several Vietnamese human rights activists were harassed, beaten, and then arrested by security policemen near Hanoi (Please see link below & attached documents for details).

A Letter of Grievance Against the Use of Terror and Physical Assault by the Chuong Duong Ward Policemen in Hanoi, Vietnam

January 10, 2014
The Honorable Frank Wolf
Co- Chair Tom Lantos Human Rights Caucus
US House of Representatives
Washington DC

DearCongressman Wolf :

Alarming Human Rights Abuses in Vietnam: Human Rights Activist Severely Beaten

(Hanoi, Vietnam). On December 31, 2013, several prominent human rights activists including Attorney Le Thi Cong Nhan, a member of Vietnamese Women for Human Rights Organization, Mr. Ngo Duy Quyen, her husband, Mr. Huynh Ngoc Tuan, and Mr. Pham Ba Hai visited Mr. Pham Van Troi at his residence in Ha Tay near Ha Noi. Mr. Pham Van Troi is a former prisoner of conscience. The purpose of the trip was to visit with Mr. Troi and his family. At the lunch hour, several policemen forcibly entered Mr. Troi's house and demanded that everyone go to the Tien Duong police station for questioning.

Why Was Vietnam Elected to the UN Human Rights Council?

Last week, the UN elected serial human rights repressor Vietnam to its 47-seat Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Despite operating a single party communist regime—under which freedom of speech, right to protest, and many other liberties are routinely denied—Vietnam received the most votes from UN members out of the 14 newly elected countries (184 out of 192). Which is kind of ironic when you consider that voting is a practice not many of the country's 90 million citizens are too familiar with.

Vietnam’s Trade of Underaged Species

HO CHI MINH CITY — “It’s basic police work,” said Michael Brosowski describing his activities with the Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation, a nongovernmental agency that rescues children working in sweatshops in Vietnam. When it learns about a case of child labor, workers for the agency scout out suspected factories, snoop around posing as, say, electricians, and keep getaway cars on hand.

Viet Nam: Lawyer latest victim of government’s crackdown on dissent

Viet Nam must immediately release a prominent lawyer and human rights activist who was jailed on politically motivated charges today, Amnesty International said.

A court in Viet Nam’s capital Ha Noi today sentenced Le Quoc Quan, one of the country’s best known dissidents, to 30 months in prison on trumped up tax evasion charges.

“This is a ludicrous sentence, and just another clear example of the Vietnamese authorities harassing and imprisoning those who are peaceful critics with opposing views,” said Isabelle Arradon, Amnesty International’s Deputy Asia Pacific Director.

Vietnam's Social media

Vietnam's Social media

Vietnam's Talk/Fight Strategy in play on Human Rights Negotiations

For decades, the Vietnamese communists' negotiating strategy has been "Talk/Fight" -- first in dealing with the French, then with the U.S. during the Vietnam War, and now in the current U.S.-Vietnam Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. The "Talk/Fight" strategy is to engage their opponent in negotiations, stalling for time, all the while replenishing, repositioning, and resupplying their troops, as they gain ground and concessions.

Politics stalls Vietnam's march towards human rights reforms

Recent developments in Vietnam beg the question of whether the country's political elite are simply too self-serving or incompetent to act in a coherent, forward-looking manner. It is no secret that the most fundamental challenges the nation faces today stem from weaknesses in its governance institutions. Yet gridlocked leadership continues to forestall reforms, leaving economic fragmentation and bottlenecks in place.


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