July 7, 2014
Defend the Defenders | 07/07/2014
A Vietnamese civil delegation works in Poland to promote democracy and human rights in Vietnam.
After finishing their sessions in Geneva and Brussels on June 26, four members named Dr. Nguyen Quang A, lawyer Trinh Huu Long, blogger Bui Cac and lawyer Nguyen Thi Vy Hanh representing Vietnamese newly-established civil organizations arrived in Poland to continue their campaign to promote democracy and human rights in Vietnam.
Earlier, the delegation participated in the Universal Periodical Review’s meeting in the UN. They also held working sessions with the EU’s Parliament and the European Human Rights Committee in Brussels.
Vietnam- Release of woman labor rights activist positive but scores remain behind bars
The Amnesty International announced that the release of labor activist Do Thi Minh Hanh is a positive move of the Vietnamese government, however, it should free other political prisoners.
In its press release, the Amnesty International informed that Vietnam continues to use controversial laws and decrees to criminalize rights of freedom of expression, and has been suppressing political dissent. There are four women behind the bar, including peaceful activist Ho Thi Bich Khuong with a five-year imprisonment and Ta Phong Tan, co-founder of the Club of independent Vietnamese journalists, who was sentenced to 10 years in jail in 2012.
Amnesty International: Release of woman labour rights activist positive but scores remain behind bars
Political prisoner Huynh Anh Tri was infected with HIV/AIDS in cell
Huynh Anh Tri, a political prisoner who 14-year sentence ended in late 2013, said he was infested with deadly virus HIV during his imprisonment in Xuan Loc district-based Z30 prison.
Redemptory’s Church’s news bulletin conducted a 60-minute interview with Huynh Anh Tri and other political prisoners Dr. Nguyen Dan Que, Budhist monk Thich Thien Minh, Mr. Nguyen Huu Cau, Mr. Huynh Anh Tu, journalist Truong Minh Duc, Mr. Nguyen Bac Truyen, with a number of evidences accusing prisons’ staff, especially those in Z30 of conducting harassment against prisoners of conscience. Particularly, prisons’ authorities were accused of forcing political prisoners to share same shaving razor blades with other criminal inmates many of which are infected with deadly virus HIV.
Dòng Chúa cứu thế: Tù nhân lương tâm Huỳnh Anh Trí bị nhiễm HIV/AIDS trong tù (phần 1)
Dòng Chúa cứu thế: Xác định của các nhân chứng
Dòng Chúa cứu thế: Xác định của giới chuyên môn
Dòng Chúa cứu thế: Câu chuyện của TNLT Huỳnh Anh Trí
Anton Ngoc Thanh- Catholic priest who fights for religious freedom in Vietnam
Priest Anton Ngoc Thanh, a manager of Redemptory’s Church’s news bulletin and the radio of Catholic in Saigon region, is named among 100 internet heroes of the Reporters Without Border. In his interview given to Vatican’s Insider, Priest Thanh said the promotion campaign for democracy and human rights in Vietnam is well realized online. “There are about 40 million of internet users in Vietnam. The most effective way to enhance residents’ knowledge is to create applications for smart phones and Ipads, so youths, students and laborers can access information on freedom and belief in God
The priest said that internet is an effective tool for promoting freedom among Vietnamese. His campaign for human rights is closely followed by security forces which have detained him several times.
Vatican Insider: The Vietnamese priest-blogger fighting for religious freedom
The debut of the Independent Journalist Association of Vietnam
On July 3 at Ky Dong Church, the Independent Journalist Association of Vietnam debuted. Dr. Pham Chi Dung, a co-founder of the association, informed that the establishment of the association will create a chance for independent journalists to help each other.
He also said the association’s goal is to set up a newspaper which can be one of leading newspapers in the Southeast Asia in next decade. The association will target to provide professional training for young independent bloggers.
Blog Nguyễn Trung Quân: Nhân sự kiện Hội Nhà Báo Độc Lập ra đời
Democracy fighter Lu Van Bay’s imprisonment ends
Lu Van Bay, a social activist, was released on June 26 after his four-year imprisonment ended. Mr. Bay, born in 1952 in Kien Giang, was a technical plane engineer. After 1975, he was forced to spend sometime in forced educational camp. In 1977, he was arrested and imprisoned for 6 years for participation in an unsanctioned organization “Religious front”. After being released in 1983, he criticized Vietnam’s reliance on China, and urged multi-party democracy in Vietnam. He was arrested again in 2011 and was sentenced to 4 years in jail under Article 88 of the Criminal Code, accused of posting ten articles calling for multi-party democracy on foreign-based websites during 2007-2011.
Radio Chân Trời Mới: Tâm tình của nhà tranh đấu Lư Văn Bảy, vừa mãn hạn tù
Visits political prisoners members of “Hoi Dong Cong Luat Cong An Bia Son” (Bia Son Public Law Council)
On July 1, Mrs. Nguyen Ngoc Lua and Mrs. Nguyen Thi Anh Nguyen on behalf of the Vietnam Human Rights Women Association visited victims of a case of the “Hoi Dong Cong Luat Cong An Bia Son” (Bia Son Public Law Council) who are imprisoned in Xuyen Moc prison. The jailed prisoners of conscience reported that they are mentally strong but their health has been worsened due to bad conditions in jail.
On Jan 28 last year, 22 members of the organization were accused by Phu Yen province’s court convicted of conducting activities which aim to “throw people’s government” under Article 79 of the Criminal Code. They were sentenced with long-term imprisonments while their families have been suppressed by local authorities. In recent days, policemen met Vo Thi Long, wife of Doan Dinh Nam, one member of the organization, threatened her and asked her not to contact with the Vietnam Human Rights Women Association, which is labeled by the policemen “reactionary group.”
Meeting of civil societies on independent union in Saigon
On July 4 in Lien Tri Pagoda in District 2, civil societies held a regular meeting to discuss independent union. During the meeting co-ordinated by Vietnam Path, participants talked about the rights of assembly and peaceful demonstrations. According to the Vietnam Path, a number of activists could not go out since local authorities used policemen to block them at their houses.
Fb Con đường Việt Nam: Họp mặt các nhóm xã hội dân sự về công đoàn độc lập tại Sài Gòn
Hundreds of plain-clothed security agents attack Mennonite Church gathering
On June 27, security police assaulted a large group of pastors and theological students gathered in their church center at Ben Cat town in Binh Duong province. The attack came on the eve of a renewal conference and graduation ceremonies for students of a theological training program.
After all had retired for the night on sleeping mats laid out on the floor, police loudspeakers called for Le Thi Phu Dung and Tran Minh Hoa to open the door for an “administrative investigation.” Pastor Phu Dung is president of the church and wife of former president Nguyen Hong Quang. Hoa is the pastor of the congregation that meets at the center.
A few minutes after the order was given, security police broke down the door. Large numbers of men stormed the building, assaulting students and church leaders. All 76 people were taken in trucks to a police station.
According to extensive reports by Pastor Quang, the invading police produced no warrants and gave no reason for the beatings and the arrests. Police agencies searched the premises, destroying some property. Police reportedly incited “onlookers” to throw stones at the building, breaking windows and roof tiles. Church leaders estimated the attacking force at more than 300 people.
In early morning next day, all had been released. Of those who were beaten, 20 required medical attention.
In 2004, Pastor Quang and five Mennonite followers were arrested for “conducting activities against on-duty staff officials. Six years later, he was badly beaten by police at his home.
Mennonite World Conference: Police attack Mennonite church gathering in Vietnam
Police sergeant attacks taxi driver with brick
At midnight of June 29, one taxi driver in Haiphong received an order to bring a 35-year man from Tran Nguyen Han street to Lam Son police station. After stopping shortly at the police station, the man came back and ordered the driver to ride him to the northern province of Yen Bai. However, one woman appeared, saying she is the man’s mother and demanded the driver not to ride him due to family reason.
The driver asked the man to pay half of fee if he wants to go to Yen Bai. The man disagreed and stayed in the car. He beat the driver and threatened that he is a police sergeant. The driver was feared, running into the police station for help. The man took a brick on the street and attacked the driver in the police station.
Political prisoner Huynh Anh Tri passes away several months after being released from prison
Prisoner of conscience Huynh Anh Tri passed away on July 5, just a half year after being released from prison due to AIDS disease he was infected in cell.
Mr. Tri, born in 1972, was freed in late 2013 after a 14-year imprisonment with conviction of “conducting terrorist activities against the government”.
Duc Me broascast of Vietnam Redemptory’s News conducted a four-part report to condemn the crime of the Vietnamese communist government against political prisoners. Tri’s death is the second after the death of political prisoner Dinh Dang Dinh who passed away in April just few months after being released from prison.
After being released, Mr. Tri and his older brother Huynh Anh Tu have been continuously harassed by police. Giving shelter for the two brothers Tu and Tri, social activist Bui Thi Minh Hang faced threats from police. She was force to announce that she will self-immolate if police continues to harass her and the two former political prisoners. Currently, Hang is detained by Dong Thap province’s police for unreasonable causes.
Defend the Defenders: Cựu tù nhân lương tâm Huỳnh Anh Trí qua đời vì bệnh AIDS lây nhiễm trong lao tù
Defend the Defenders: Vietnam Ex-Prisoner of Conscience Dies of AIDS Infected during Imprisonment
A Vietnamese civil delegation concludes European campaign to promote democracy and human rights in Vietnam.
A Vietnamese delegation representing 10 civil organizations made their final action of their two-week campaign in Europe. The delegation, consisting of Dr. Nguyen Quang A, lawyer Trinh Huu Long, blogger Bui Cac and lawyer Nguyen Thi Vy Hanh met with representatives of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on July 3.
Earlier on June 26, they attended the Universal Periodical Review’s meeting in the UN. They also held working sessions with the EU’s Parliament and the European Human Rights Committee in Brussels. During the meeting, Vietnam accepted 182 out of 227 recommendations of other countries and rejected the remaining 45 recommendations.
Lawyer Trinh Huu Long delivered a statement at the UN Human Rights Council to condemn Vietnam’s actions against human rights activists, suppression against social activists as well as violations of national law and international laws that Hanoi has signed.
During the two-week stay in Europe, the delegation met the UN Human Rights Council, Geneva-based diplomatic corporations of many countries and international human rights bodies. Especially, the delegation worked with a number of EU’s agencies, the European External Action Service (EEAS), the EU’s Parliament and the Human Rights Working Group (COHOM).
They held meetings with Foreign Ministries of Poland and Czech.
They represent ten Vietnamese civil societies including the Civil Society Forum, the Vietnam United Association of Farmers and Workers, the Vietnamese Former Political and Religious Prisoners Association, the Association of Brotherhood, No-U FC Hanoi, No-U FC Saigon, and the Vietnam Path.
Vietnam UPR: Thông báo kết thúc chiến dịch vận động nhân quyền
Ho Chi Minh City Court Imprisons Ten Anti-China Rioters
The People’s Court in Ho Chi Minh City on July 4 sentenced ten young people participating in anti-China riots occurred in the city in mid May. Nine of them were given with six-month imprisonment while the remaining one received suspended four-month sentence.
According to the court’s indictment, the convicted attended in anti-China protests in Thu Duc district and destroyed some foreign-invested factories there.
They were said to use stone and fuel bomb to attack security forces, causing injures for 16 officers.
Their actions caused losses worth VND164 million.
Summary by Nguyen Thanh Thuy
Translation by [rollinglinks]Vu Quoc Ngu[/rollinglinks]