On 9 November 2011, Front Line, together with ACAT France, Access Now, ARTICLE 19, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Index on Censorship, and Reporters Without Borders submitted a letter to Hoang Chi Trung, Director-General of the Department of International Organisations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam, calling for the release of more than 20 detained journalists, bloggers, and human rights defenders.
Reporters Without Borders is appalled by the sentencing today of two citizen radio journalists, Vu Duc Trung and his brother-in-law Le Van Thanh, to prison terms of three years and two years respectively for illegally broadcasting radio programmes to China.
On 4 October 2011, Front Line Defenders along with nine other international digital freedom and human rights organisations submitted a joint letter to H.E. Nguyen Tan Dung, the Prime Minister of Vietnam calling for the release of human rights defender Mr Pham Minh Hoang, who was sentenced to three years imprisonment on 10 August 2011.
Between 30 July and 16 August 2011, eight human rights defenders were arrested by police officers and officials of the Ministry of Public Security, and are currently being held incommunicado at an unknown location. Since their arrests, their fate and whereabouts are unknown. They are affiliated with the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Dong Chua Cuu) and are actively involved in the promotion and protection of economic, social and cultural rights in Vietnam.
In a letter received by human rights defender Mr Huynh Van Dong on 22 July 2011, the Daklak Bar Association accuses him of violating the Vietnamese Lawyers' Code of Conduct because he provided legal representation to clients persecuted for being critical of the government. Huynh Van Dong is a human rights lawyer and a member of the Daklak Bar Association. He has been a practicing lawyer since 2003 and works primarily on cases concerning the protection of land rights and the right to freedom of expression.
(Bangkok, July 27, 2011) – Vietnam should immediately release the Roman Catholic priest Father Nguyen Van Ly, who was sent back to prison on July 25, 2011, to serve a sentence for political dissent, Human Rights Watch said today. The state-run Vietnam News Agency (VNA) said he was returned to prison for “compiling, storing and distributing documents…opposing the Party and the State” and “inciting people to…stage demonstrations,” which the news agency claimed defied the law.
We, bloggers in Vietnam, submit to Mr. Le Hong Anh, Minister of Public Security and Mr. Pham Gia Khiem, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic Socialist of Vietnam, our collective requests as follows: Mr. Nguyen Van Hai, 59 years of age, commonly known as blogger Dieu Cay, and who is most concerned for among all bloggers in Vietnam, and whom was sentenced to 30 months of prison by the Ho Chi Minh court because of a trumped-up charge of “tax invasion” against him. On October 19, 2010, Mr. Nguyen Van Hai had served full term this arbitrary sentence, and he was supposed to be released immediately.
Debating Vietnam's human rights record under its ASEAN Chairmanship is more than ever impossible Paris, 12 September 2010: The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand (FCCT) announced today that it has been under pressure by the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs to cancel a press conference on human rights in Vietnam, organized by the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the Vietnam Committee on Human Rights (VCHR).
(RSF/IFEX) - Reporters Without Borders calls for the immediate release of Pham Minh Hoang, a blogger with French nationality who teaches mathematics at the Ho Chi Minh City Polytechnic School. He has been held incommunicado since his arrest on 13 August 2010 for allegedly violating article 79 of the criminal code, which refers to attempts to overthrow the government.
The massacre of 31 journalists in Maguindanao, the Philippines, on 23 November 2009, most graphically illustrates the violence and impunity that threaten journalists not only in the Philippines, but throughout the region.