Joint Statement Calling for the Release of Vietnamese Activists: Nguyen Van Dai and Le Thu Ha

On 16 December 2015, prominent human rights lawyer, Mr. Nguyen Van Dai, 46, and his colleague, Ms. Le Thu Ha, 33, were arrested at their home and office in Hanoi, Vietnam, respectively. Both have been charged with “conducting propaganda against the Socialist Republic of Vietnam” under Article 88 of the Vietnamese Penal Code, a law that has been routinely and arbitrarily invoked by the government to suppress critical voices.

Human rights lawyer Nguyen Van Dai

Mr. Nguyen and Ms. Le are being held in B14 prison in Hanoi. Requests by activists to visit them have been rejected and there are concerns that they are at risk of torture and other ill-treatment. If convicted, Mr. Nguyen and Ms. Le could face up to 20 years in prison.

We appeal to the Vietnamese government to honor its international and domestic obligations and to release Mr. Nguyen and Ms. Le immediately and unconditionally.

We also call on the international community to act and put pressure on the Vietnamese government regarding these cases which have a severe chilling effect on freedom of expression in Vietnam.

During Mr. Nguyen’s arrest, his home was searched thoroughly by approximately 20 police officers. His laptops, bank documents and many other personal items were confiscated, while his apartment remains under tight surveillance.

Mr. Nguyen is a well-known peaceful campaigner for a multi-party democracy and the protection of human rights in Vietnam. He has devoted his life to providing legal assistance to the most vulnerable and marginalized people in society.

Mr. Nguyen has repeatedly been subjected to unwarranted persecution for undertaking his legitimate work. In 2007, he was convicted under Article 88 of the Penal Code (employing propaganda against the state) and sentenced to 4 years in prison and placed under 4 years of house arrest. At the time, he had been holding seminars to teach students about the fundamentals of a free society and the rule of law.

Activist Le Thu Ha

Since Mr. Nguyen’s release from prison in 2011, he had been subjected to countless incidents of harassment and surveillance by police officers. He was still recovering from injuries sustained from a vicious assault by masked assailants on 6 December 2015, after he had attended a meeting to mark International Human Rights Day. He was badly beaten, robbed and thrown on the street.

Vietnam has ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, (ICCPR), which protects the right to freedom of opinion and expression (Article 19), and the right to liberty and security of a person, which includes the right to not be subjected to arbitrary arrest and detention (Article 9).

The UN Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers specifically affirm that lawyers are “entitled to freedom of expression, belief, association and assembly” and that, “they shall have the right to take part in public discussion of matters concerning the law, the administration of justice and the promotion and protection of human rights”. The Basic Principles also set out a number of guarantees to ensure that lawyers are able to fulfill their professional roles without undue interference.

Furthermore, Vietnam’s Constitution protects the right to freedom of opinion and speech (Article 25) and guarantees that no citizen may be arrested without a warrant and that the arrest and detention must be in accordance with the law (Article 20).

We therefore strongly urge the Vietnamese authorities to comply with Vietnam’s human rights obligations, and drop all charges against Mr. Nguyen and Ms. Le, who have been peacefully carrying out activities to promote and protect human rights.

We further urge the international community to strongly intervene at the highest possible levels to support the expeditious release of both human rights defenders.

SIGNED:

  1. Amnesty International – ENGLAND
  2. Christian Solidarity Worldwide – ENGLAND
  3. Front Line Defenders – IRELAND
  4. CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation – SOUTH AFRICA
  5. Civil Rights Defenders – SWEDEN
  6. International Service for Human Rights – SWITZERLAND
  7. International Commission of Jurists – SWITZERLAND
  8. Freedom House – USA
  9. Human Rights Foundation – USA
  10. Humanitarian China – USA
  11. National Congress of Vietnamese Americans – USA
  12. People In Need – CZECH REPUBLIC
  13. Van Lang – CZECH REPUBLIC
  14. Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) – THAILAND
  15. Foundation for Community Educational Media – THAILAND
  16. SHANAH – BURMA
  17. Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence (KontraS) – INDONESIA
  18. The Institute for Policy Research and Advocacy (ELSAM) – INDONESIA
  19. Legal Aid Center for the Press (LBH Pers) – INDONESIA
  20. ASEAN SOGIE Caucus – PHILIPPINES
  21. Vietnamese Overseas Initiative for Conscience Empowerment (VOICE) – USA, AUSTRALIA, CANADA & EUROPE
  22. Brotherhood for Democracy – VIETNAM
  23. Civil Society Forum – VIETNAM
  24. No-U Mien Trung – VIETNAM
  25. Vietnam Path Movement – VIETNAM
  26. Vietnamese Political & Religious Prisoners Friendship Association – VIETNAM

Civil Society and the TPP Negotiations

VOICE, together with civil society leaders from Vietnam, visited the Washington Post in D.C. to give their thoughts on the current situation in Vietnam and how “Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal presents both peril and opportunity.” As noted, “journalist Nguyen Van Hai, one of the political prisoners released last year after six years behind bars, told us, Vietnam’s communists also relaxed their grip a decade ago while pursuing membership in the World Trade Organization — only to crack down again when the United States and other nations moved their attention elsewhere.”

The rest of the article can be read here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/a-more-open-vietnam/2015/08/23/f6bff4ac-4846-11e5-8e7d-9c033e6745d8_story.html

Voice from our Homeland

Please join VOICE in supporting Tiếng Nước Tôi (“Voice from our Homeland”) a charity night hosted by us –  the Vietnamese Overseas Initiative for Conscience Empowerment. VOICE is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working to develop civil society in Vietnam and to resettle the last remaining boat-people left stateless in Thailand, Cambodia and the Philippines.

This night will feature an 8-course dinner and show hosted by human rights lawyer Trinh Hoi. The show will include performances by well-known singers such as Lam Thuy Van, Do Tien Dung, Kimo Huynh Khuu, Nguyen Dinh Cat and Khanh Di, who will be accompanied by the May Trang band.

The event will be hosted at Phu Lam Restaurant (3082 Story Rd. in San Jose, CA 95127) on Saturday, August 15 from 7PM to 11PM.

General admission tickets are $50. VIP tickets, which include a free drink and front row seats, are $75. Tickets for this event are online (http://voice.ticketleap.com/voice-sj-fundraiser/) or at the following retail locations:

  • Pho Viet, 1751 N 1st St San Jose, California 95112
  • Pho Viet, 2557 N 1st St San Jose, California 95131
  • Co Hong Music, Grand Century Mall – 1111 Story Road #1002, San Jose, CA 95122

If you have any questions please contact Amy Nguyen at ntvyhanh@gmail.com.

11 Vietnamese Refugees Arrive in Canada from Thailand

On April 24, a third group of Vietnamese refugees arrived in Toronto, Canada. This is part of the group of the last Vietnamese boat people who had arrived in Canada last November 2014. This group consisted of 3 families made up of 11 people. After being stateless in Thailand for 25 years, they have been accepted into Canada to start their new lives

VOICE’s activities in January 2015

VOICE AUSTRALIA

In conjunction with the Vietnamese Community and the Australian Asylum
Seeker Resource Centre (AASRC), VOICE Australia held an information
session for Vietnamese asylum seekers who were recently released into the
community on Bridging Visas. Over 50 asylum seekers were in attendance.
VOz, AASRC and the Vietnamese Community will continue to provide
information and legal assistance as necessary to the refugees. An information
stall will be available at the Tet Festival on February 21 and 22.

 

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VOICE EUROPE

On January 23 –25, 2015, VOICE Europe organized two fundraisers in Brussels,

Belgium and Paris, France to help support the development of civil society in
Vietnam. Friends of VOICE in Munich, Germany also organized a fundraiser in
Munich for two civil society organizations (CSOs):
Con Duong Viet Nam and Nhip Cau Hoang Sa. The fundraising concerts, which
were sold out in both Brussels and Paris, included singers Hoang Oanh, Lam
Thuy Van,Nguyen Khang with VOICE’s current Executive Director as the MC
at all the 3 events. These fundraisers served to raise financial assistance for CSOs
in Vietnam and to raise public awareness of the challenges and opportunities in
Vietnam.

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VOICE CANADA

On 1 February 2015, VOICE Canada was amongst 14 organizations recognized by
Prime Minister Stephen Harper for efforts in honouring the history of Vietnamese
people in Canada. The award was presented to theVOICE Canada team by Senator
Hai Thanh Ngo during a VIP reception at the 2015 Tet Festival in Toronto, Ontario.
The Vietnamese Association in Toronto also presented VOICE Canada with an
award of appreciation for their outstanding efforts in resettling thelast remaining
Vietnamese Boat People to Canada.

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Việt – Phi ten years reunion

In 2005, nearly 2000 stateless Vietnamese boat people were resettled in the US under a special humanitarian program designed to end their statelessness after languishing for over 16 years in the Philippines. On January 18, 2015, on the 10th anniversary of their resettlement in the US, over 200 former refugees gathered at VOICE’s Executive Director, Hoi Trinh’s house to commemorate the event with their loved ones, former advocates, and friends and supporters such as Reverend Thich Nguyen Thao from Vancouver, Lily Le and Ann Pham of VOICE Canada, Atty. Tran Kinh Luan, Atty. Nguyen Quoc Lan, Fr. Dao, Fr. Trong, Musician Truc Ho, MC Nam Loc, etc. many of whom spent months and years in the 90s and 2000s to assist the group. It was a day long celebration with lots of singing, dancing, outdoor mingling and of course, eating. By the end of the day, along with festivities, they also raised a small fund for the refugees left behind in Thailand which will be given to VOICE.

Việt – Thái Refugee recap

40 years since the end of the Vietnam War and over 20 years after being stranded in Thailand, the last remaining Vietnamese Boat People have been accepted into Canada! The group is to be resettled in Vancouver, Edmonton, Ottawa, Calgary and Toronto – on 13 November 2014, the first group of 28 individuals arrived in Canada, the second group of 39 individuals joined them on 25 November 2014. The remaining families will be arriving in Canada later in 2015.

VOICE Haiyan Relief Projects

” Following the devastation of Super-typhoon Haiyan in November 2013, VOICE and supporters all over the world led a fundraising campaign which resulted in over $500,000 USD being donated for the victims of the typhoon. After months of providing emergency relief, VOICE worked with local organizations to help rebuild schools, medical centers and provide for the livelihoods for 2 cities: Ormoc and Coron. The opening ceremony for the schools was held in November 2014, marking one year since the typhoon. We would like to thank all the supporters and friends for the continued support for the Philippines.”

“May we shelter you as you have sheltered us in our times of need”

Joint statement by Australian organisations and community groups 13 February 2015 NEVER AGAIN: LET’S END THE DETENTION OF CHILDREN ONCE AND FOR ALL

“VOICE Australia is 1 of over 200 groups to sign onto a statement to call for the cessation of detaining asylum children. This joint letter follows the release this week of the Australian HR Commission’s report on kids in detention.”

The  report  of  the  Australian  Human  Rights  Commission’s  National  Inquiry  into  Children  in Immigration  Detention  provides  compelling  evidence  of  the  need  for  Australia  to  cease  the
detention of children once and for all. Drawing on  interviews in detention facilities with more than 1000 children and their parents, the report offers a deeply disturbing record of the harm inflicted on so many children by successive governments. The Government, Opposition and all members of the Australian Parliament must take immediate action to ensure that all children are released from Australian-funded detention centres, in Australia and Nauru, and to ensure that these policies are never repeated.

The indefinite mass detention of children is a national disgrace for which both of Australia’s major political parties bear responsibility. Under the Rudd and Gillard Governments, record numbers of children  were  detained,  reaching  a  peak  of  1,992  in July  2013.  Under  the  Abbott  Government, hundreds  of  children  have  experienced  prolonged  detention,  with  the  average  time  spent  in detention rising from three months in August 2013 to more than 14 months in January 2015. In doing this, governments have ignored numerous reports, including from the Commission’s previous national inquiry in 2004, which have outlined detention’s shocking impacts on the mental health of children.

At the public hearings conducted as part of the inquiry, previous Ministers for Immigration Chris Bowen and Scott Morrison both acknowledged that thedetention of children was not an effective
mechanism for deterring boat arrivals or preventingdeaths at sea.

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Without a clear policy purpose, it is bewildering that this deeply harmful and exorbitantly costly practice has continued for so long. For more than a decade under successive governments, we have watched Australia’s detention policies  go  through  the  same  cycle:  people  are  kept in  indefinite  detention  unnecessarily  for prolonged periods until the human and financial costs of doing so become so high as to compel the Government to make greater use of community-based alternatives. It is high time that we put an end to this cycle.

Australia is the only country in the world to detain children as its first option. In the United Kingdom, for example, the number of children simultaneously in UK immigration detention over the past three years  has  not  exceeded  four,  a  tiny  fraction  of  the number  detained  by  Australia.
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The  United Kingdom  also  has  legislative  limits  on  the  detention  of  children  which  restrict  the  detention  of families with children in pre-removal centres to a maximum of 72 hours, or seven days if authorised by the responsible minister.

Effective alternatives to detention already exist in Australia – and have done so for a decade. We urge the Australian Government to expand the use ofthese alternatives, ensure that they are used
routinely  for  children  and  families  and  develop  safe  alternatives  to  detention  for  children  now detained in Nauru.

We  reject  the  argument  that  the  welfare  of  asylum  seeker  children  sent  to  Nauru  is  the  sole responsibility of the Government of Nauru. The harmbeing inflicted on children detained there is a
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Former Immigration Minister Chris Bowen said that detention was “not an effective deterrent” and thatthe “cost on children was too great for any deterrence value”. See Bowen, Chris, Testimony at the AHRC Public Hearings on 9 September 2014 (page 1), available at https://www.humanrights.gov.au/sites/default/files/Hon%20Chris%20Bowen.pdf; When asked if the “purpose of long-term detention[is] to deter people from coming to Australia by boat?”, MinisterScott Morrison said “no”. See Morrison, Scott, Testimony at the AHRC Public Hearings on 22 August 2014 (page 25), available at https://www.humanrights.gov.au/sites/default/files/Hon%20Scott%20Morrison%20Mr%20Bowles.pdf
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A comparison of quarterly statistics for the detention of children in Australia and the UK from 2012 to 2014, compiled by Refugee Council of Australia, can be found at http://bit.ly/1CcOG6a.
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Australia remains responsible for funding the detention centre in Nauru; indeed, without Australia’s support, the centre would cease to operate. After  the  Commission’s  2004  report  into  the  detention  of  children,  the  Australian  Government pledged  that  children  would  be  detained  only  as  a  last  resort.  As  the Commission’s  new  report clearly  shows,  such  non-binding  political  promises  are  meaningless.  We  urge  the  Australian Parliament to:
1.  Introduce legislation to prevent children from being detained for immigration purposes in the future.
2.  End  the  offshore  processing  of  asylum  claims  and return  all  asylum  seekers  currently subject to offshore processing to Australia, prioritising children and their families.
3.  Refer allegations of child sexual abuse in Australian-funded detention centres to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. As the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has  ruled, “the detention of a child because of their or their parent’s migration status constitutes a child rights violation and always contravenes the principle of the best interests of the child.”
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So long as Australia continues to detain children as a  measure  of  first  rather  than  last  resort;  so  long as  our  laws  fail  to  protect  children  against prolonged indefinite detention; so long as any child remains in detention as a result of Australia’s actions, we will be failing in our duty to protect the best interests of children in our care.

We  have  comprehensive,  consistent  and  irrefutable  evidence  of  the  harm  caused  by  prolonged indefinite detention. We have practical, humane andeffective solutions at our disposal. It’s time to end the detention of children once and for all. It’s time to stand up and say: never again.
This statement is supported by:
Refugee Council of Australia (statement coordinator)
A Just Cause
ACT Council of Social Service
ActionAid Australia
Adventist Development and Relief Agency Australia
Ahmadiyya Muslim Association of Australia
Aireys Inlet Rural Australians for Refugees
Amnesty International Australia
Anglican Social Responsibilities Commission, Diocese of Perth
Apollo Bay Rural Australians for Refugees
Asia Pacific Journalism Centre
Association for Services to Torture and Trauma Survivors (ASeTTS)
Association for the Wellbeing of Children in Health
Asylum Insight
Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
Asylum Seekers Centre
Auburn Diversity Services Inc
Australian Afghan Hassanian Youth Association
Australian Anti-Bases Campaign Coalition
Australian Baptist Ministries
Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office
Australian Catholic Social Justice Council
Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce
Australian Coalition to End Immigration Detention of Children
Australian Council For International Development
Australian Council of Social Service
Australian Council of Trade Unions
Australian Doctors International
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Committee on the Rights of the Child, The Rights of all Children in the Context of International Migration: Report of the 2012 Day of General
Discussion, paragraph 78, http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/crc/docs/discussion2012/ReportDGDChildrenAndMigration2012.pdf
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Australian Jewish Democratic Society
Australian Lasallian (Asia-Pacific) Foundation
Australian Lutheran World Service
Australian National Committee on Refugee Women
Australian Refugee Association
Australia-Tamil Solidarity
Ballarat Catholic Diocesan Social Justice Commission
Ballarat Community Health
Balmain for Refugees
Baptcare (Victoria and Tasmania)
Baptist Care Australia
Baptistcare Incorporated (WA)
Bayside Refugee and Advocacy Association
Bellarine for Refugees
Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group
B’nai B’rith Australia/New Zealand
Border Crossing Observatory, Monash University
Braidwood Rural Australians for Refugees
Bridge for Asylum Seekers Foundation
Brigidine Asylum Seekers Project
Brisbane Refugee and Asylum Seeker Support Network (BRASS)
Broadway and Glebe Catholic Social Justice Group
Burmese Rohingya Community in Australia
Campus Refugee Rights Club, University of Melbourne
Canberra Refugee Support
Caritas Australia
Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, Office of Justice and Peace
Catholic Diocese of Parramatta, Social Justice Office
Catholic Diocese of Toowoomba, Social Justice Commission
Catholic Immigration Office (Sydney)
Catholic Justice and Peace Commission, Archdiocese of Brisbane
Catholic Social Justice Commission, Archdiocese of Canberra-Goulburn
Catholic Social Services Australia
Catholics in Coalition for Justice and Peace
Centacare South West NSW
Central Victorian Refugee Support Network
Centre for Advocacy Support and Education for Refugees
Centre for Human Rights Education, Curtin University
Centre for Multicultural Youth
Centre for Refugee Research, University of NSW
Centrecare (WA)
ChildFund Australia
Children’s Healthcare Australasia
Children’s Rights International
ChilOut
Christian Brothers Oceania
Christian Brothers Tasmania
Coalition for Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Detainees
Coalition for Justice and Peace in Palestine (Sydney)
cohealth
Combined Refugee Action Group
Common Grace
Communicare
Community Migrant Resource Centre
Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes in NSW
Council of Social Service of NSW
Cyber Christian Community WA
Darwin Asylum Seekers’ Support and Advocacy Network
Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Overseas Aid Fund
Domestic Violence Service Management
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Dominican Sisters of Eastern Australia and the Solomon Islands
Edmund Rice Centre Mirrabooka
Edmund Rice Centre Sydney
Edmund Rice Network Tasmania
Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria
Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia
Federation of Liberian Communities in Australia
FHEAL Foundation
Fitzroy Learning Network
Geelong Interchurch Social Justice Network
Geelong Refugee Action and Information Network
Global Campaign to End Immigration Detention of Children
God’s Dwelling Place Bethany City Church
Habitat for Humanity Australia
Help – Himalayan Youth Foundation
Horn of Africa Relief and Development Agency
House of Hospitality, Broadmeadow (NSW)
House of Welcome
House of Welcome Ballarat
Humanitarian Research Partners
Hunter Ecumenical Social Justice Network
Immigration Advice and Rights Centre
Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (NSW)
Indigenous Social Justice Association
International Commission of Jurists Australia
International Detention Coalition
International Society for Human Rights – Australia
Islamic Council of Victoria
Islamic Relief Australia
Jesuit Refugee Service Australia
Jesuit Social Services
Josephite Community Aid
Justice Connect
Justice for Palestine Matters, Sydney
Justice, Ecology and Development Office, Catholic Archdiocese of Perth
Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Commission, Carmelites of Australia and Timor Leste
Kommonground
Labor for Refugees
Lentara UnitingCare
Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services
Loreto Sisters of Australia and South East Asia
MacKillop Family Services
Marist Sisters
Marrickville Peace Group
Melaleuca Refugee Centre
Mercy Community Services
Mercy Works
Migrant Resource Centre of South Australia
Missionaries of the Sacred Heart Justice and Peace Centre
Multicultural Council of Tasmania
Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network Australia
Nonlethal Security for Peace Campaign
Northern Settlement Services
NSW Teachers Federation
NT Council of Social Service
Occupational Opportunities for Refugees and Asylum Seekers
Oromia Support Group Australia
Oxfam Australia
Partners Relief and Development Australia
Pax Christi Australia
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Pax Christi Queensland
Pax Christi Victoria
Peace and Justice Commission, NSW Ecumenical Council
Peace and Social Justice Network, Religious Societyof Friends (Quakers)
Plan International Australia
Presentation People’s Social Justice Group, Ballina
Presentation Sisters Lismore
Presentation Sisters Queensland
Presentation Sisters Wagga Wagga
Quakers, WA Regional Meeting
Queenscliff Rural Australians for Refugees
Refugee Advice and Casework Service
Refugee Advocacy Network
Refugee and Immigration Legal Centre
Rural Australians for Refugees, Bendigo
Rural Australians for Refugees, Daylesford and District
Safe Asylum
Salvation Army – Eastern Territory
Sanctuary Australia Foundation
Save the Children Australia
SCALES Community Legal Centre
SCARF Inc, Illawarra
Settlement Council of Australia
Settlement Services International
Sisters of St Joseph
Sisters of the Good Samaritan
Sisters of the Little Company of Mary, Australia
Social Justice Ministry, Catholic Parish of Chatswood
Sophia’s Spring Uniting Church, East Brunswick
Spring Creek Community House
St Bede’s Social Justice Group, Braidwood
St Vincent de Paul Society National Council of Australia
Stand Up: Jewish Commitment to a Better World
Surf Coast Rural Australians for Refugees
Sydney Justice and Peace Coalition
Sydney Multicultural Community Services
Tasmanian Asylum Seeker Support
Tasmanian Catholic Justice and Peace Commission
Tasmanian Council of Social Service
The Grail Australia (NSW)
The Tasmania Opportunity
Townsville Multicultural Support Group
Trinity Aid for Refugees
Union of Australian Women Victoria
Uniting Church in Australia
Victorian Council of Social Service
Vietnamese Overseas Initiative for Conscience Empowerment (VOICE) Australia
WA Council of Social Service
Warrnambool Rural Australians for Refugees
West Wagga San Isidore Refugee Committee
Western Sydney Community Forum
Women and the Australian Church
Women’s Health in the South East
World Wellness Group Ltd

Danh sách quý vị mạnh thường quân ở NEW JERSEY ủng hộ cho VOICE

NAME CHECK CASH TOTAL
Dung/Thanh Nguyen $50.00 $50.00
Anh T Ha/Minh Chau Nguyen $100.00 $100.00
Cu D. Ha/Nhan T. Ha $100.00 $100.00
Chuong D Nguye/Nam Nguyen $200.00 $200.00
BeBe Nails $100.00 $100.00
Thuyet Le/Loni Le $1,500.00 $1,500.00
Ba Thi Nguyen $100.00 $100.00
Cong Dong Nguoi Viet Quoc Gia NY $200.00 $200.00
Viet Nguyen $50.00 $50.00
T & D Gentle Dental Care, LLC $100.00 $100.00
Phuong Tri Le $200.00 $200.00
Quyen Yen Dung $300.00 $300.00
Tam Vo $20.00 $20.00
Phat Le $500.00 $500.00
Hoa Dai Le $40.00 $40.00
Ann Tran $20.00 $20.00
Hong Truong $30.00 $30.00
Meerafzal Fazaldin $300.00 $300.00
Chau Long Le $150.00 $150.00
Phong Huynh $20.00 $20.00
Thu Tram Minh Pham $40.00 $40.00
Muc Su Ngo Dac Luy Boston $100.00 $100.00
An Danh ( Nhieu Nguoi) $108.00 $108.00
$0.00
$0.00
Duong Thai Binh $100.00 $100.00
Vo Hung Phong $200.00 $200.00
Vo Tri Dung $100.00 $100.00
Victoria Pham $100.00 $100.00
John Trinity $40.00 $40.00
Benjamin Chi Dang $100.00 $100.00
Nguyen Thai Quan $100.00 $100.00
An Danh Nhieu Nguoi $1,065.00 $1,065.00
Cao Van Hung $100.00 $100.00
Lan Chi T. Lam & Giao N. Bui $100.00 $120.00 $220.00
Diep Nguyen $200.00 $200.00
Jenni Nguyen $200.00 $200.00
Dr Thuong Le Dinh $100.00 $100.00
Hung M Nguyen MD $1,000.00 $1,000.00
Linh Ho $100.00 $100.00
An Danh $1,443.00 $1,443.00
Tri Glorya Pham $50.00 $50.00
Holywood Nail Linh/Tung $100.00 $100.00
Thara Nguyen Saigon Nail $50.00 $50.00
Van H Le Tracy L Le $100.00 $100.00
Dam Ly $200.00 $200.00
Diep N. Le/Tuyet T. Le $500.00 $500.00
Son Pham/Xuong Nguyen $200.00 $200.00
Thuy Anh Le Kim A Le $200.00 $200.00
Duc Nguyen $100.00 $100.00
Jenny Huynh $40.00 $40.00
Justin Jonhson $20.00 $20.00
Quan Nguyen Betty Huynh NJ $40.00 $40.00
The EZ Band $100.00 $100.00
Tran Thi Ngoc Diep $65.00 $65.00
Rossette T. Nghiem $100.00 $100.00
Caring Dental P.C./Dr. Thanh N. Nguyen $150.00 $150.00
Danh Sach MTQ New York List Attached
Nhuan Le $100.00 $100.00
Kimberly P. Le $200.00 $200.00
Ann Vuong $100.00 $100.00
Nguoi Dep Magazine Inc $100.00 $100.00
Vien Dong New York $100.00 $100.00
TribeCA IM And Acupuncture P.C $500.00 $500.00
Noho Pharmacy Inc $200.00 $200.00
List Attached $3,597.00 $3,597.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
Danh Sach Boston Mass $0.00
$0.00
Ha Tien Inc $1,000.00 $1,000.00
Boston Vietnamese Media $600.00 $600.00
Jupiter V Institute Incoporate $500.00 $500.00
Pho Le, LLC $500.00 $500.00
NBL Enterprise LLC Ba Le Restaurant $500.00 $500.00
Pasteur Restaurant II INC DD Pho Pasteur $500.00 $500.00
Elegant Nails & Spa $300.00 $300.00
Muoi T. Nguyen $300.00 $300.00
Southestern Dental Care PC $200.00 $200.00
Lees Store Inc $200.00 $200.00
List Attached $800.00 $800.00
Khanh H. Nguyen/Terry T Nguyen $200.00 $200.00
Jean F. Bahier/Christiane Chau Pham-Bahier $1,000.00 $1,000.00
Hoa Luu Germany $100.00 $100.00
Dr & Mrs Nguyen Dang Hung $500.00 $500.00
Vi & Mai Trieu $200.00 $200.00
TOTAL $17,247.00 $6,561.00 $23,808.00

Danh sách quý vị mạnh thường quân ủng hộ NJVACA cho VOICE

Stt Họ và tên T. Phố/T. Bang TN.Viên Số tiền
1 ÔB Lê Quốc-Ánh Nguyệt North Brunswick, NJ NJVACA $100.00
2 Cô Nguyễn Bích Dương Montclair, NJ Bích $100.00
3 Chú An-Quý Hùng Jersey City, NJ NJVACA $100.00
4 A/C Phương & Tuấn Lê Bridgewater, NJ Phương $100.00
5 A/C Timothy Nguyễn Sacramento, CA Trung & H.Anh $500.00
6 A/C Bùi Minh Ngọc Jersey City, NJ NJVACA $100.00
7 A/C Mai & Lộc Hoàng Bridgewater, NJ Trung & H.Anh $100.00
8 A/C Trang & Tiến Nguyễn South Plainfield, NJ Quoc $100.00
9 A/C Ðào Mạnh Hùng Canada NJVACA $100.00
10 A/C Tuấn V. Nguyễn Parsippany, NJ Trung & H.Anh $100.00
11 Hà & Phúc Hoàng Edison, NJ/Florida Trung & H.Anh $200.00
12 Hội Ðồng Hương Thừa Thiên Huế South, NJ Tu Le $200.00
13 SỷHân Ngô/Rot Nguyễn Troy, MI NJVACA $100.00
14 Khánh Nguyễn/Hùng Quách Edison, NJ Trung & H.Anh $100.00
15 L. Phương Nguyễn/Daniel Văn Trần E. Hanover, NJ NJVACA $100.00
16 Ȏng bà Lý Văn Hùng Hillsborough, NJ Trung & H.Anh $200.00
17 Lý Trung & Nguyễn T. Hoàng-Anh Bridgewater, NJ Trung & H.Anh $200.00
18 Ȏng bà Lý Hiếu Hamilton, NL Trung & H.Anh $50.00
19 Ȏng bà Lý Quãng Levittown, PA Trung & H.Anh $50.00
20 Ȏng bà Lý Kiệt Woodland, NJ Trung & H.Anh $50.00
21 Vivek & Huỳnh-Nga Rajgarhia Bridgewater, NJ Trung & H.Anh $500.00
22 Ȏng bà Trịnh D. Vinh Massapequa, NY Trung & H.Anh $100.00
23 Phạm Victoria Edison, NJ Trung & H.Anh $50.00
24 Nguyễn Trí Edison, NJ Trung & H.Anh $50.00
25 Ȏng bà Lê Toàn Parsippany, NJ Trung & H.Anh $100.00
26 Ȏng bà Nguyễn Tự Lực Edison, NJ Trung & H.Anh $50.00
27 Đặng Hưng Tiên & Trần N. Vân Sacramento, CA Trung & H.Anh $200.00
28 Trương Tiên Linh & Hà Diệm Minh San Jose, CA Trung & H.Anh $200.00
29 Phạm Ngọc Phương San Jose, CA Trung & H.Anh $50.00
30 Hồ Thị Kim-Hồng Orlando, Fl Trung & H.Anh $50.00
31 Phan Phương & Quỳnh-Hoa Columbia, SC Trung & H.Anh $100.00
32 T & D Gentle Dental Care, LLC (N/S Khoa Trần) Edison, NJ NJVACA $100.00
33 Mai Trần Nguyễn Audubon, PA NJVACA $100.00
34 ÔB Thuyết Lê & thân hữu Warren, NJ Trang &A. An $1,260.00
35 ÔB Andrew (An) Trương Flemington, NJ Trang &A. An $200.00
36 ÔB Lich Cao (LêThu Nguyễn) Colonia, NJ Trang &A. An $200.00
37 ÔB Thomas Nguyễn Houston, TX Trang &A. An $200.00
38 TN & D Machine, Inc Houston, TX Trang &A. An $200.00
39 ÔB Don Vũ Pittsburgh, PA Trang &A. An $200.00
40 ÔB Hải Lê Sicklerville, NJ Trang &A. An $100.00
41 ÔB Peter Hồ (An Dung) Middletown, NJ Trang &A. An $200.00
42 ÔB Trần Trí Houston, TX Trang &A. An $50.00
43 Bà Mỹ Nga Trần Leonardo, NJ Trang &A. An $30.00
44 ÔB Toản Q. Đàm Annandale, VA Trang &A. An $30.00
45 ÔB Nhị X. Nghiêm Tom River, NJ Trang &A. An $100.00
46 LNC Technology, LLC Bell Mead, NJ Trang &A. An $100.00
47 ÔB Phúc Đức Lê Edison, NJ Trang &A. An $20.00
48 ÔB Jimmy Nguyễn Green Brook, NJ Trang &A. An $110.00
49 T & Son Corp. (Trần Quang) Jersey City, NJ NJVACA $200.00
50 Thắng Ðức Nguyễn Slidell, LA NJVACA $500.00
51 Linh &Tuấn Trương Piscataway, NJ NJVACA $100.00
52 Nguyễn T. Ngọc Hạ Bridgewater, NJ Trung & H.Anh $100.00
53 Chi & Khanh Lê San Diego, CA NJVACA $150.00
54 Eileen Huỳnh (WFG Financial Group) Edison, NJ NJVACA $300.00
55 C.Mỷ Thanh & /BS Dũng Nguyễn Warren, NJ Trung & H.Anh $250.00
56 Thẩm Mỷ Viện Mỷ Ngọc Phan Westminster, CA NJVACA $200.00
57 Loan K. & Toãn Lê Jersey City, NJ NJVACA $100.00
58 C/Thím Tâm/Tiến Nguyễn (Chùa Tường Vân) Jersey City, NJ NJVACA $200.00
59 Cô/Chú Nhật Trần Bayonne, NJ NJVACA $50.00
60 A.Ðức /Chị Nga Hoàng Edison, NJ NJVACA $50.00
 61  Trang Trương  New Jersey  $1,000
 62  Lê Thúy Anh  Hillsborough NJ  $300
63 ÔB Nguyễn Dương Warren, NJ Trung & H.Anh $50.00
64 Cô/Chú Hoàng Lan New York, NJ NJVACA $150.00
65 A/C Cường và Mai Ngọc Phan Bridgewater, NJ NJVACA $50.00
66 A/C Duy & Như Tȏn Bridgewater, NJ NJVACA $50.00
67 Chubb’s Co. match A/C Phương & Tuấn Lȇ Bridgewater, NJ Phương Lê $100.00
Total $11,200.00
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Jason Kenney: Sứ Giả của Niềm Tin và Hy Vọng

Có lẽ tên tuổi của ông còn xa lạ với nhiều người Việt ở trên thế giới, nhưng đối với các đồng bào tỵ nạn muộn màng của chúng ta, những người đã bị thế giới lãng quên từ hơn một phần tư thế kỷ thì Jason Kenney có thể được xem là vị Sứ Giả của Niềm Tin và Hy Vọng! Bởi vì ông chính là người đã đem tin vui đến giữa đời tuyệt vọng của hơn 400 thuyền nhân tại Phi Luật Tân vài năm trước, và mới đây nhất là gần 100 đồng bào tỵ nạn sống vất vưởng ở Thái Lan!
Jason Kenney: Sứ Giả của Niềm Tin và Hy Vọng - Nam Lộc
Bộ Trưởng Jason Kenney
Quả thật như vậy, ngay từ khi nhậm chức Bộ Trưởng Bộ Di Trú và Nhập Tịch (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration) của chính phủ Canda vào năm 2008, ông Kenney đã không quản ngại tiếp xúc và nâng đỡ các cộng đồng thiểu số phát triển đời sống, văn hoá, giáo dục cũng như công ăn, việc làm tại xứ sở tự do giầu lòng nhân đạo này. Nhưng đặc biệt là mối quan tâm của ông đối với cộng đồng người Việt tỵ nạn Cộng Sản. Và đó cũng chính là lý do mà ông dành nhiều thời gian để gặp gỡ, để lắng nghe nguyện vọng của đại diện các tổ chức, hội đoàn cùng những cá nhân đã kiên trì tranh đấu và vận động cho các thành phần tỵ nạn VN thiếu may mắn nói trên, mà kết quả là chính quyền Canada đã mở rộng vòng tay tiếp đón họ trong cuộc hành trình tìm tự do dài vô tận, tưởng như đã tuyệt vọng.

Sau 5 năm đảm nhiệm vai trò Bộ Trưởng Di Trú, vào tháng 7, 2013 vừa qua, ông Jason Kenney đã được bổ nhiệm vào một chức vụ quan trọng hơn trong nội các đương quyền của chính phủ Canada, đó là Bộ Trưởng Bộ Lao Động và Phát Triển Xã Hội, kiêm Bộ Trưởng Đa Văn Hoá (Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism). Tuy nhiên dù với chức vụ nào, thì con người hiền hòa đầy nhiệt tâm và thiện cảm của ông đối với cộng đồng người Việt tỵ nạn vẫn không thay đổi. Điển hình là vào ngày Chủ Nhật 30 tháng 11, 2014 vừa qua, Ông Kenney cùng các nhân viên phụ tá đã đích thân đến Tu Viện Hoa Nghiêm để thăm viếng Thượng Toạ trụ trì cùng đồng bào vừa từ Thái Lan đặt chân đến Canada. Hơn 30 người tỵ nạn hiện đang sống dưới sự bảo lãnh của Thầy Thích Nguyên Thảo cũng như của các nhà bảo trợ giầu lòng hảo tâm tại đây đã có mặt để tiếp đón ông Jason Kenney, trong số đó còn có sự hiện diện của quý vị chủ tịch cộng đồng cùng đại diện của các cơ quan đoàn thể người Việt tại Vancouver, Toronto và các tiểu bang khác.

Tôi đã hân hạnh được tham dự buổi hội ngộ hiếm quý này và vô cùng xúc động khi nghe những lời chia sẻ chân tình từ một người bộ trưởng đầy quyền lực. Ông Kenney nói: “Không hẳn vì là bộ trưởng di trú tôi mới nhúng tay vào những hành động nhân đạo này. Mà đây là bổn phận của bất cứ công dân nào sống trong một đất nước tự do, dân chủ. Chúng ta có nhiệm vụ phải tranh đấu để bảo vệ cho quyền lợi cùng sự an sinh của những người đang bị ngược đãi bởi các chế độ độc tài đảng trị. Và đó chính là lý do thúc đẩy tôi vận động với chính phủ Canada để nhận hết những người vì tự do đã phải bỏ nước ra đi vì không muốn sống trong gông cùm Cộng Sản!”

Quả là những lời vàng thước ngọc, đáng cho những kẻ thờ ơ suy ngẫm. Nhưng có lẽ điều làm tôi cảm phục ở ông nhiều nhất là khi ông “bật mí” rằng, ba năm trước đây, khi nghe Thượng Toạ Thích Nguyên Thảo, luật sư Trịnh Hội cùng đại diện tổ chức VOICE cũng như của cộng đồng người Việt tại Canada trình bầy về hoàn cảnh của hơn 100 đồng bào đã trốn các trại tỵ nạn Đông Nam Á để tránh bị cưỡng bức hồi hương, và đang sống vất vưởng ở Thái Lan, thì ngay sau đó, chính ông đã âm thầm bay sang Thái Lan để tiếp xúc và trình bầy với chính quyền sở tại, đồng thời can thiệp để xin họ cấp giấy xuất cảnh cho toàn bộ đồng bào trong danh sách mà tổ chức VOICE đã nộp cho Bộ Di Trú Canada, mà ngày hôm nay, những nỗ lực đó đã trở thành hiện thực. Nhưng ông kiên quyết khẳng định rằng thành công đó sẽ không thể xẩy ra nếu không có sự tiếp tay, đóng góp và chung sức đấu tranh của người Việt tự do tại Canada nói riêng và ở hải ngoại nói chung.
Buổi thăm viếng đồng bào tỵ nạn VN tại tu viện Hoa Nghiêm diễn ra tuy ngắn ngủi, nhưng tràn đầy ý nghĩa. Ông Kenney đã tỏ ra vô cùng trân quý món quà kỷ niệm do TT Thích Nguyên Thảo trao tặng, đó là bức tượng Phật bằng ngọc thạch. Ông ôm chặt vào lòng như một báu vật đã mong ước từ lâu mà bây giờ mới có được. Trước khi chia tay, ông Bộ Trưởng Bộ Lao Động và Phát Triển Xã Hội, kiêm Bộ Trưởng Đa Văn Hoá Jason Kenney đã xin yêu cầu được chụp một tấm ảnh chung với các trẻ em tỵ nạn VN, mà ông nói rằng chắc chắn trong số đó sẽ có em trở thành Bộ Trưởng trong chính phủ Canada tương lai, và ông nhắn nhủ, hy vọng vị bộ trưởng đó sẽ không quên những kẻ thiếu may mắn hơn mình.
Riêng cá nhân tôi, trên chuyến bay trở về Hoa Kỳ, đầu óc tôi vẫn còn vang vọng câu nói của chị Kathy Nga, người phối trí cho buổi viếng thăm Phật đường Hoa Nghiêm của ông Jason Kenney cùng phái đoàn, chị nói: “Nếu mỗi quốc gia tự do đều có một người Bộ Trưởng Di Trú có trái tim Bồ Tát như ông Kenney, thì có lẽ thế giới này sẽ không còn nạn nhân của loài quỷ Đỏ”..
Nam Lộc
Canada, lập Đông 2014

Call for Release of Vietnamese Human Rights Defenders

On 26 August 2014, three activists in Vietnam were sentenced to long prison terms for “disturbing the public order.” Ms. Bui Thi Minh Hang (DOB: 1964), an outspoken and long-time advocate for land-lost peasants and religious groups in Vietnam, along with Mr. Nguyen Van Minh (DOB: 1980) and Ms. Nguyen Thi Thuy Quynh (DOB: 1986) who are both religious workers of the Hoa Hao Buddhist Church, were arrested on 11 February 2014.

The 3 activists were among the 21 individuals who were beaten and detained while attempting to visit a fellow activist, human rights lawyer Nguyen Bac Truyen who defends victims of forced evictions. As known human rights defenders, these activists were targets of regular government harassment and surveillance. Ms. Bui has been arrested and detained several times without trial, most recently resulting in a five-month detention in November 2011.

Following the 10-hour trial on 26 August, Ms. Bui Thi Minh Hang was sentenced to 3 years imprisonment, while Mr. Nguyen Van Minh and Ms. Nguyen Thi Thuy Quynh were sentenced to 2.5 and 2 years imprisonment, respectively. During the trial, 51 human rights defenders were arrested outside the court, some were beaten, and many were physically blocked from supporting the defendants in the area outside of the court. None of these individuals were allowed into the courtroom itself and the witnesses on behalf of the Defendants were prevented from taking part in the trial.

The procedures and results of the trial are emblematic of the on-going crackdown on human rights defenders that is taking place in Vietnam. We urge that the international community together with independent civil society members in Vietnam come together to call for the release of these peaceful activists and to demand that the Vietnamese government, as a member of the UN Human Rights Council, uphold its international human rights obligations, including to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

SIGNED:
Freedom House
Civil Society Forum
United Workers-Farmers Organization of Vietnam
Association of Political & Religious Prisoners of Vietnam
Brotherhood for Democracy
No-U FC of Saigon
Hoa Hao Buddhist Church West Branch
Vietnam Path Movement
Aggrieved Citizens Struggle Alliance Movement
VOICE.

A short interview with Bo Trung, Bui Thi Minh Hang’s Son, seeking justice for his mother

-Mrs. Bui Thi Minh Hang (aka. Bui Hang, b. 1964, a resident of Vung Tau City, Viet Nam) is a famous human rights activist in Viet Nam.
Bui Hang was one of the prominent protesters in the anti-communist China protest rallies in Hanoi and Saigon in 2011 despite brutal suppressions by the Vietnamese communist police. Bui Hang, along with other patriots, exercised their freedom of opinions by protesting against China’s aggressive invasion of Southeast Asia. Through the protests, Bui Hang and others asserted national sovereignty and condemned hegemonic China and the communist state of Vietnam.
-In addition to exercising her own rights, she is protecting and promoting human rights for all. She enthusiastically takes the lead in every demonstration and protects people who were victims of police suppression and arbitrary detention. For this reason, she herself was arrested in November 2011 and taken to Thanh Ha re-education camp, one of countless prisons in Vietnam disguised as “re-education centers”.-Upon her release in April 2012, she fearlessly continued her fight for human rights. She did so by taking legal actions against the Hanoi mayor Nguyen The Thao, advocating for liberal democracy in the state, and reporting on human rights violations in Viet Nam. A major accomplishment of hers is helping countless farmers, who lost their lands unlawfully to the communist government, fight for property rights. As a result of protecting and promoting human rights, she also suffered from hatred and repression by the police-dominated authorities.

-On February 11, 2014, Bui Hang and two Hoa Hao Buddhists named Nguyen Van Minh and Nguyen Thi Quynh were arrested by the Dong Thap police in a fabricated case of “disturbing public order” on their way to visit former political prisoner and lawyer Nguyen Bac Truyen. They were arbitrarily and unlawfully detained for five months before they were prosecuted in July 2014. As a result of being unfairly put in a re-education camp in the past as were many others, Bui Hang now faces a sentence which may reach seven years of imprisonment. This trial is scheduled to take place in Dong Thap on August 26th.

-Bui Hang’s children, her friends and companions, and human rights activists in Viet Nam continuously struggled against the authorities’ wrongdoings on her case. Bui Hang’s son, Tran Bui Trung (aka. Bo Trung), started his advocacy campaign in the United States of America on August 4th 2014 for the release of his mother and her two companions, Nguyen Van Minh and Nguyen Thi Thuy Quynh.
For justice and human rights to be respected in Viet Nam, let us stand by them – Bui Thi Minh Hang, Nguyen Van Minh and Nguyen Thi Thuy Quynh – in the forthcoming trial.