Statement number 10/ IJAVN: IJAVN opposes Hanoi Police Force severe suppression IJAVN’s meeting

ijavn[themify_box style=”blue comment rounded” ]The suppression might have been implemented under the secret command of Ministry of Public Security when a local police officer said “ I don’t know if the Ministry Officers ordered anything else?” Their unofficial involvement stirs fears of MPS’s significant influences on “Poliburo’s Foreign Policies.[/themify_box]

IJAVN | Apr 19, 2016

Prior to the 20th session of the U.S.-Vietnam Human Rights Dialogue in Washington and Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s travel to prepare President Obama’s trip to Vietnam, Hanoi Police Force could have violated “ Politburo’s foreign policies” by suppressing a meeting  to talk about theo topic “Obama’s visit to Vietnam – The change we need”, held by IJAVN on April 17, 2016 in Hanoi.

All the members of IJAVN’s managing board, some of IJAVN’s members and IJAVN’s guests were blocked at home or detained at police stations. Among those were Nguyen Tuong Thuy, Vu Quoc Ngu, Bui Minh Quoc, Pham Chi Dung, Doan Trang…

There were hints that Hanoi Police Forces directly and indirectly suppressed the meeting. And there were also clues that they “had ordered” thugs to intimidate journalists. Furthermore, they- Hanoi Police Forces – obviously applied “jungle law”.

The suppression might have been implemented under the secret command of Ministry of Public Security when a local police officer said “ I don’t know if the Ministry Officers ordered anything else?” Their unofficial involvement stirs fears of MPS’s significant influences on “Poliburo’s Foreign Policies.

After the party chief’s visit to the US in july 20015, Vietnamese “foreign policies” have been tilted to gradually accepting Independent Unions and Civil Society.

IJAVN is an independent civil organization which focuses on the freedom of press and speech. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss “Obama’s visit to Vietnam – The change we need”. This meeting would not be only to develop critical analysis, thinktanks and media, but it could also give the government of Vietnam reliable and relevant information that could be used for their western pivot policies amid China’s increasing aggresssion and South China Sea Tensions which could lead to war.

As a gesture of goodwill and transparency, IJAVN invited a senior official of the Communist Party to participate the meeting, but he did not response to the invitation.

By suppressing IJAVN’s meeting, Hanoi Police Forces violated severely the freedom of press, speech and movements of journalists. They, therefore, commit a breach of  the Constitution of Vietnam and the international Covenant on civil and political rights which Vietnam has signed since 1982.

IJAVN strongly opposes Hanoi Police Forces’ suppression and hereby informs this scandalous incident to the Government of Vietnam and the US Government, the European Union…, International Human Rights Organizati-ons, and domestic and foreign media outlets.

Vietnam April 19th, 2016

The Independent Association Journalists of Vietnam