Viet Tan in the News

Viet Tan in the News

Catholic Youth Activists Released After 4-Year Sentences in Vietnam

(Radio Free Asia) Two Catholic youth activists released from prison this week after serving four years on charges of attempting to overthrow Vietnam’s communist government said Thursday they refused to accept their convictions and vowed to continue their activism. (28/08/2015)

Vietnamese Rapper Nah’s Not-So-Veiled Regime Critique

(The Diplomat) - A deadpan rap by a young Ho Chi Minh City-ite Nah has clocked up over 900,000 YouTube views since it was released early this year. The rapper has since been interviewed by the BBC and Global Post, among others. Why? Possibly because the chorus is dit me cong san or, roughly, “f*ck (...) (18/08/2015)

Two Catholic Activists Released From Prison

(BBC) - Two of the 14 defendants in the group of Vietnamese Catholic youth charged under “attempting to overthrow the government” in the 2013 trial were recently released after four years in prison. “I don’t regret anything after four years in prison. I’m proud to have been imprisoned for four years,” (...) (11/08/2015)

Vietnam’s Communist Party Chief Addresses Human Rights in Key U.S. Trip

(Radio Free Asia) - After a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama that was dogged by protests from Vietnamese exiles and expatriates, the head of Vietnam’s Communist Party said Wednesday that human rights were a top concern of the authoritarian, one-party (...) (9/07/2015)

Obama to Broach Human Rights Problems With Vietnamese Communist Party Official

(Radio Free Asia) - U.S. President Barack Obama will bring up human rights issues with a high-ranking Vietnamese Communist Party official when they meet next week in Washington, according to a prominent activist who met with American officials to discuss the situation ahead of the (...) (4/07/2015)

11 NGO’s call for respect of basic rights upon imminent release of human right lawyer Le Quoc Quan

(International Organizations) - 11 NGO’s have written a joint letter for Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung with the imminent release of human rights lawyer Le Quoc Quan. This joint letter calls upon the Government of Vietnam to respect and protect Mr. Le Quoc Quan’s internationally protected (...) (25/06/2015)

It’s Time for the Obama Administration to Get Tough on Human Rights in Vietnam

(John Sifton) - This month, I met her father, Nguyen Van Loi, who had come to Washington to talk about the fate of his daughter. Minh Man is one of at least 160 political prisoners the Vietnamese government convicted in the last few years under penal code provisions that criminalize criticism of the (...) (24/06/2015)

The Human Rights situation in Vietnam

(Parliament of Canada) - The Subcommittee on International Human Rights of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development today issued a statement concerning the human rights situation in Vietnam, focusing specifically on the situation of religious minorities in that country. The statement (...) (21/06/2015)

Statement by the international lawyer of 17 Vietnamese activists

(Allen Weiner) - Three years ago, in July 2012, I filed a complaint before the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (UNWGAD) in Geneva, contesting the illegal arrest and detention of seventeen Vietnamese social and political activists. The Working Group is a U.N. body with the mandate of trying (...) (11/06/2015)

Vietnamese use ’40 years too many’ tag to call for end to communism

(Al Jazeera) - Some Vietnamese citizens are tagging the country with "40 years too many" to call for an end to communist rule. April 30 marks four decades since the Viet Cong reclaimed Saigon and communism was established. Many are posting signs throughout Vietnam with ‪#‎40NămQuáĐủ ‬ ("40 years too many") to say (...) (27/04/2015)