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US Senator Ed Markey speaks out for Ms Bui Minh Hang

(Ed Markey) Dear Secretary Kerry: I write to you regarding three people who are currently being held by Vietnam’s government and have been charged with public disorder. The three individuals, Ms. Bui Minh Hang, Nguyen Thi Thuy Quynh and Nguyen Van Minh, appear to be facing prosecution not because they actually broke Vietnam’s laws, however. Instead, the Vietnamese government appears to be trying to punish (...) (15/09/2014)

Renewed call for action from UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention to secure release of Vietnamese blogger activist Le Quoc Quan

(International Organizations) - Human rights organisations around the world have again rallied together to demand the immediate release of Le Quoc Quan, a prominent lawyer, journalist and human rights defender who has spoken critically against the Vietnamese (...) (6/09/2014)

UN Human Rights Office concerned with the conviction of three human rights defenders in Viet Nam

(OHCHR) - The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia (OHCHR) is concerned that a court in Viet Nam has convicted and imprisoned three human rights defenders for their peaceful human rights work. On 26 August 2014, the Dong Thap Provincial People’s Court sentenced Ms. Bui Thi Minh Hang, Ms. Nguyen Thi (...) (30/08/2014)

Letter to authorities for Le Quoc Quan

(International Organizations) - 2 September is the national holiday in Vietnam. On this day, the Vietnamese president often grants amnesty to prisoners of conscience. In view of this, L4L, together with a broad coalition of organizations, sent a letter to the Vietnamese authorities to urge them to comply with the decision of (...) (28/08/2014)

Members of Congress demand the immediate release of human rights attorney Le Quoc Quan

(Members of Congress) - We write to urge the immediate release of imprisoned human rights attorney Le Quoc Quan, who was arrested in December 2012. We are concerned that Mr. Quan, a well-known blogger and human rights advocate, has been detained on trumped up charges of tax evasion, and is being wrongfully held for (...) (22/08/2014)

Vietnam Abusing Facebook Reporting Tools To Stifle Dissent

(Tech Dirt) - It’s funny how strong-arming governments, theoretically able to bypass the red-tape that makes republics and democracies so slow-moving, just can’t produce that kind of nimble posture when walking back their attempts to thought-control the internet. Time and again, we find examples of governments (...) (11/08/2014)

US Senate Issues Bipartisan Resolution Condemning Chinese ADIZ

(The Diplomat) - What do U.S. legislators think about China’s recent moves in the East and South China Seas? Well, we got a pretty good idea last Thursday when the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan resolution in essence condemning China’s actions and ambitions in (...) (16/07/2014)

RWB hails creation of Vietnam’s first independent journalists association

(Reporters Without Borders) - Reporters Without Borders hails the creation of the Independent Journalists Association of Vietnam (IJAVN), the country’s first such organization. Its launch on 4 July in Ho Chi Minh City saw the biggest-ever gathering of journalists to promote freely reported and politically independent (...) (8/07/2014)

Media Advisory: Singing for Vietnam’s Waters and Human Rights

(Viet Tan) - An outdoor concert at Freedom Plaza featuring artists from ASIA entertainment and celebrities from Saigon Broadcasting Television Network followed by a march to the White House taking place on July 6, 2014. (30/06/2014)

Vietnamese Labor Activist Jailed For Backing Strikes is Freed

(Radio Free Asia) - Vietnamese authorities have freed a young labor activist in poor health after she had served four years of a seven-year sentence for leafleting in support of striking footwear workers, and just months after her mother had toured the U.S. and Europe to lobby for her (...) (29/06/2014)