• 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.

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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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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VOICE holds Vietnam accountable to human rights agreements on mid-term campaign

VOICE delegation at the UN office in Geneva. From left to right: Anna Nguyen, Le Thi Minh Ha, and Dinh Thao. Source: VietnamUPR Facebook page

Haiy Le, October 9, 2017: When the human rights group, Vietnamese Overseas Initiative for Conscience Empowerment (VOICE), sent a delegation to the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2014, the delegation was made up of three men and all were citizens of Vietnam. This year, the trio is all female.

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Civil Rights Defenders: One Year After Arrest, Demand for Release of Vietnamese Human Rights Defender Me Nam

Public Statement
On 10 October 2016, Vietnamese authorities arrested blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, known by her pen name Me Nam (Mother Mushroom), on charges of spreading propaganda against the State. On 29 June, Me Nam was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Known since 2006 for her active social media advocacy against the Vietnamese government’s rampant corruption, human rights abuses, and foreign policy, her arrest and later sentence should be seen as politically motivated. Civil Rights Defenders calls on the government of Vietnam to immediately and unconditionally release Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh and to end its wider persecution of bloggers and journalists under Article 88 of the Penal Code.

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Đại diện của VOICE phát biểu trước Hội đồng Nhân quyền LHQ

Vào lúc 5h chiều giờ Geneva, tức 10 giờ đêm giờ Việt Nam, ngày 19/9, nhà hoạt động Đinh Thảo, điều phối viên chương trình của VOICE ở châu Âu, đã thay mặt phái đoàn vận động nhân quyền của Việt Nam phát biểu trước Hội đồng Nhân quyền Liên Hiệp Quốc.
Cùng tham dự phiên họp này còn có bà Lê Thị Minh Hà, vợ nhà báo độc lập Anh Ba Sàm – Nguyễn Hữu Vinh, và cô Anna Nguyễn – Giám đốc Chương trình của VOICE.
Chúng tôi xin đăng toàn văn bài phát biểu của nhà hoạt động Đinh Thảo dưới đây:

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VOICE Launches Mid-term UPR Advocacy Campaign 2017

13/9/2017 – Following VOICE’s Universal Periodic Review Advocacy Campaign in 2014, a delegation advocating for human rights in Vietnam will go to Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, and the Czech Republic to update United Nations bodies and relevant organizations on the progress (or lack of) the Vietnamese government has made on promoting and protecting human rights since the last review cycle in 2014, as well as to raise awareness about the human rights situation and prisoners of conscience in Vietnam.

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