• Advocacy

    We run specific campaigns aimed at promoting fundamental rights in tandem with our in-country partners and INGOs using UN human rights mechanisms and dialogues between Vietnam and Australia, the US, and the EU. Additionally, by providing a space for networking in our capacity-building program, VOICE connects the Vietnamese HRDs to representatives from regional and international mechanisms, enabling further opportunities for advocacy.

“Activists in Vietnam should concentrate on the people’s daily needs” – Duong Gia Nguyen

– What accounts for your participation in the training program of VOICE? I strongly believe that democracy is not just simply mechanism, structure and law. But it should be entrenched in the behavior and habit of everyone. Therefore, education is an unavoidable step in democratization.

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MEPs ask for tangible Human Rights improvements before the EU-Vietnam trade deal ratification

To: President Tusk CC: • President Juncker • HR/VP Mogherini • Commissioner Malmström • COREPER II ambassadors • Asia Working Group (COASI) Brussels, June 21, 2019 Re: Signature and ratification of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement/Investment Protection…

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Official statements about Bach Hong Quyen’s case

On May 2, 2019, Mr. Bach Hong Quyen, a Vietnamese refugee activist in Thailand, and his youngest son, Joseph Bach (6 months old), boarded a flight from Bangkok to Canada for resettlement under Canada’s private sponsorship program. Below are statements of people who have helped Mr.

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The Vietnamese: EU Officials Raised Concern Over Worrying Human Rights Situation In Vietnam

“The human rights situation in Vietnam is worrying,” according to Commissioner for Trade of the European Union, Cecilia Malmström, after her meeting with independent Vietnamese civil society organizations on March 14, 2019. When announcing the adoption of the EU-Vietnam trade and investment agreements (EV-FTA) in October…

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Tet 2019 Greetings from Prime Minister of Canada

On the occasion of the new year, the year of the Pig 2019, The Canadian President Trudeau gave the Lunar New Year greeting to the Vietnamese community in Canada; and thanked the contribution of VOICE Canada and the Canadian Vietnamese Network as well.

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The Human Rights Subcommittee sends correspondence to VOICE about Human Rights issues in Vietnam

To deepen the human rights dialogue between Australia and Vietnam which was organized in August 2018, the Executive Director of VOICE, Hoi Trinh, worked with the Australian Human Rights subcommittee on June 19, the same year. Here, Mr. Hoi Trinh presented some recommendations which he sent to the…

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VIETNAM: ‘We hope UN member states will listen to civil society’

Ahead of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Vietnam’s human rights record at the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council on 22 January 2019, CIVICUS speaks to Anna Nguyen from VOICE, a civil society organisation that promotes civil society development and advocates for human rights, including refugee protection,…

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Anna Nguyen: It is much more intelligent to try, rather than not to try.

The following article is the sharing of Anna Nguyen, VOICE’s Director of Programs, on the occasion of the trip to advocate the human rights of the Vietnamese delegation in Europe. —– “Surely, in the light of history, it is more intelligent to hope rather…

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Notice of activist Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh’s release from prison

NOTICE OF ACTIVIST NGUYEN NGOC NHU QUYNH’S RELEASE FROM PRISON This afternoon October 17, 2018; activist Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh (aka “Mother Mushroom”) was granted freedom from the Vietnamese government after almost two years of imprisonment. Today she was reunited with her family and…

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Lịch chiếu phim Mẹ Vắng Nhà

Hai tháng trước, khi VOICE quyết định sẽ phổ biến cuốn phim tài liệu này, chúng tôi chỉ mong là sẽ chiếu được ở vài thành phố, rồi đến cuối tháng 8 sẽ để lên internet cho đồng bào khắp nơi trên thế giới có thể coi. Thế…

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VOICE in conjunction with other NGOs submitted contributions to the Universal Periodic Review

On July 12, 2018, VOICE in conjunction with CIVICUS, Human Rights Foundation, VOICE Vietnam, and the Civil Society Forum submitted contributions to the United Nations’ Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR). This report draws attention to the human rights violations occurring in Vietnam with particular focus on…

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PRESS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SCREENING: WHEN MOTHER’S AWAY

VOICE Presents Documentary on Imprisoned Vietnamese Blogger Mother Mushroom Bangkok, 27 June 2018 – Noting the one-year anniversary of her first trial, VOICE reiterates its call for the Vietnamese government to immediately and unconditionally release citizen journalist, Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, popularly known as Mother Mushroom,…

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The US Global Magnitsky Act

Sergei Magnitsky was a Russian accountant who, in 2009, was tortured, denied medical attention, and found dead in his Moscow jail cell. Russian authorities had targeted him for his role in exposing a giant tax fraud scheme allegedly involving high-level government officials. In 2012, the US…

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2018 Recommendations for US – Vietnam Human Rights Dialogue

Context and Update Vietnam implements a number of vaguely-worded and restrictive laws to punish individuals for exercising fundamental rights including: a. Freedom of Religion Since the new Government of Vietnam came into power in May 2016, at least 59 human…

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Suppression of human rights: Hurt the body, temper the spirit

Vu Ngoc Han, is a human rights activist in Vietnam and an intern of VOICE. Below is her speech in “The 2017 Dublin Platform”. This was organized by Front Line Defender in Ireland. The original video from Front Line Defenders…

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