Citizen journalism in Vietnam

VRNs (Mar 24th, 2015) – Manila, Philippines –  The authorities are so afraid of social media’s pervasive power to connect people and ideas that they have tried everything to block it.  But so far, they have failed and now have to live with it. Tiếp tục đọc

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Protest Letter from the Interfaith Council of Vietnam

VRNs (March 14, 2015) – PROTEST LETTER FROM THE INTERFAITH COUNCIL OF VIETNAM

About the Thua Thien-Hue province government’s ban on the meeting of the Invalid Soldiers of Republic of Vietnam at Phuoc Thanh pagoda in Hue City. Tiếp tục đọc

Vietnam: Tight Control of Critics, Democracy Advocates in 2014

VRNs (Jan 31 th, 2015) – New York, UAS – No Light at the End of the Tunnel for Activists

(New York, January 29, 2015) – The human rights situation in Vietnam in 2014 continued to be characterized by one-party rule, politically motivated convictions, lack of labor rights, widespread police abuse, and an escalating land crisis, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2015. The Vietnamese government kept tight control over freedom of expression and association as bloggers, human rights defenders, labor and land rights activists, and religious and democracy advocates continued to face harassment, intimidation, physical assault, and imprisonment. Tiếp tục đọc

Vietnam: Plainclothes Agents Target Rights Campaigners

VRNs (Jan 28th, 2015) – New York, USA – Bloggers Assaulted for Visiting Fellow Activist

(New York, January 26, 2015) – The Vietnamese authorities should immediately stop using violence against human rights campaigners, Human Rights Watch said today. In January 2015, leading bloggers were targeted by plainclothes agents and beaten. Human Rights Watch said the attacks violated basic rights and that all involved in the assaults against bloggers and rights activists should be held accountable for their acts of violence, intimidation, and harassment. Tiếp tục đọc

RECLAIMING THE ASEAN COMMUNITY FOR THE PEOPLE ACSC/APF 2015 – CSO STATEMENT

VRNs (Jan 25, 2015) – Malaysia – 1. PREAMBLE

1501240021.1. This ASEAN Civil Society Conference and ASEAN People’s Forum marks the 10th anniversary since the first regional gathering of civil society in Malaysia. We, the civil society in Southeast Asia[1], welcome the commitment of ASEAN in the years since to establish a people-centric ASEAN and a peaceful, prosperous community. With deep regret and concern, the people’s recommendations submitted to ASEAN member states since 2005 have been neither implemented nor adopted in any meaningful way. Tiếp tục đọc

Vietnam civil society organizations’ comments to the 2015 ACSC/APF statement

VRNs (Jun 06th, 2015) – Saigon –  To: Members of the Malaysian National Organizing Committee, Regional Steering Committee and Drafting Committee of the 2015 ASEAN APF/ACSC Tiếp tục đọc