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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Interview with filmmaker Duc Nguyen: “Nothing left to lose”

What is it like to have nothing left to lose, truly? When the skin you walk around in, when your barely satiated and surviving body, is – literally – your only remaining home? And it is threatened – by uncertainties, indefinitions of belonging, by physical dangers and deprivations, and burdened, emotionally and psychically, in the not-always-visible ways that having one’s moorings torn away will do to one? The “stateless” refugees whose stories documentary filmmaker Duc Nguyen profiles in his latest project, Nothing Left To Lose, are all-too-often overlooked cases in the refugee crisis. Some have abided in this limbo state–of “statelessness”–for decades.
Read more in our Q&A with Duc Nguyen, and follow Nothing Left To Lose on Twitter & Facebook to learn more about this situation.

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Having a conversation with Father Peter Namwong

We warmly invite you to follow a conversation between Father Peter Namwong and VOICE’s Executive Director Hoi Trinh. Father Peter Namwong is the benefactor of thousands of Vietnamese boat people in Thailand. He entered the seminary when he was 10 years old and was ordained a priest in…

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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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Lawyer Hoi Trinh: I am from Vietnam

Lawyer Trinh Hoi, the Executive Director of VOICE, spoke in the Draper Hills Summer Fellowship in 2017. In his speech, he talked about his journey to become human rights defender in Vietnam. His journey is that of a young boy who always tried to forget his damaged and…

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Nhiều bạn trẻ lên tiếng sau bản án 14 năm tù của Hoàng Đức Bình

Tòa án Nhân dân tỉnh Nghệ An vừa tuyên án nhà hoạt động về môi trường Hoàng Đức Bình 14 năm tù giam vì vi phạm hai Điều 257, 258 Bộ luật Hình sự trong phiên xử sơ thẩm hôm 6/2. Ông Lê Văn Luân, một…

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Học bổng Xã hội Dân sự VOICE lần thứ 7

Bạn quan tâm tới các vấn đề quyền con người ở Việt Nam? Bạn muốn đóng góp vào sự thay đổi tích cực của cộng đồng? Bạn muốn trở thành một nhà hoạt động xã hội và lập dự án riêng của mình? Hãy đến với Học bổng…

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Vietnamese Blogger Gets 7 Years in Jail for Reporting on Toxic Spill – The New York Times

Nguyen Van Hoa at his trial in Ha Tinh, Vietnam, on Monday. He was convicted of spreading anti-state propaganda for producing videos and writing about protests over an environmental disaster. Credit Cong Tuong/Vietnam News Agency, via Associated Press BANGKOK — A chemical spill that…

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Nhà hoạt động trẻ Lê Hồng Phong “Tôi chọn là người tự do”

Phỏng vấn Lê Hồng Phong, đang theo học các khóa về xã hội dân sự tại Phi Luật Tân. Phong là một trong những thành viên của nhóm Thức Followers, vận động cho chương trình có tên “Bầu Cử Tự Do Và Quyền Tự Quyết Cho Dân Tộc…

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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 October 9, 2017: When the human rights group, Vietnamese Overseas Initiative for Conscience Empowerment (VOICE), sent a delegation to the…

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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…

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Vietnam activists face sustained government crackdown ahead of APEC – dpa International

Months of police action against Vietnamese dissidents has led to at least 12 people being locked up across the country. The crackdown comes ahead of a regional summit in Da Nang in November set to include leaders from throughout the Pacific region. Hanoi (dpa)…

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Mùa hè không yên ả – Cuộc đàn áp người bất đồng chính kiến lớn nhất trong nhiều năm qua – The Guardian

At least 11 activists have been arrested, charged or convicted over the past few months, while another was stripped of his citizenship and deported to France Ho Thi Chau, 25, was left alone and blacklisted after her husband was returned to jail for “attempting…

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Vietnamese activist delivers remarks before the UN Human Rights Council

At 5pm Geneva time, or 10pm Vietnam time, the activist Dinh Thao, the co-coordinator of VOICE in Europe, represented the human rights delegation from Vietnam and delivered an oral statement on the situation of human rights in Vietnam at the 36th session of the United Nations Human Rights…

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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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