Viet Tan engages in actions that empower the Vietnamese people. Specifically, we seek to roll back existing restrictions against two key human rights: freedom of expression and freedom of association and assembly. These enabling freedoms are the pillars for civil society.
Promoting a de facto free media
Currently all newspapers, television and radio in Vietnam are controlled by the Communist Party. Viet Tan aims to erode the regime’s media monopoly by supporting independent-minded reporters, a citizen journalist movement and alternative sources of information.
To spread our message, Viet Tan relies on radio, unsanctioned publications, the Internet and social media. Operated by Viet Tan, Radio New Horizon is heard throughout Vietnam on AM1503 from 8:30 to 9:00 p.m. every evening.
Supporting grassroots movements
An increasing number of Vietnamese are joining in mass petitions, street protests and labor strikes. To address social injustices, Viet Tan is actively promoting civil disobedience campaigns throughout the country. Where appropriate, we provide strategic and organizational support and help to publicize grassroots activities.
Viet Tan members also participate in humanitarian projects in and around Vietnam to aid disadvantaged communities. To encourage civic responsibility, we actively support the growth of private charity networks on the ground.
Training and capacity building
The power of every regime comes from the acceptance of the people. In a democratic system, acceptance is achieved through ballots in a fair and open election. In a dictatorial system, acceptance is achieved through coercion and terror. Yet whether it is by ballots or coercion, the Vietnamese people have the ability to withdraw their acceptance of the current regime.
Disenfranchised for so long, many Vietnamese may not realize that they themselves possess the political power in the country. Through training programs held in-country, abroad and online, Viet Tan seeks to provide activists on the ground with the skills to wage an effective nonviolent struggle. We share lessons from successful democratic transitions around the world and the latest techniques in digital activism.
Human rights violations in Vietnam are an affront to our collective humanity and directly impact the interests of all who desire a stable, just and prosperous Vietnam.
While the Vietnamese people must ultimately solve the challenges of Vietnam, international friends can offer solidarity in many crucial ways. Viet Tan works with democratic governments and international NGOs to address human rights abuses and support civil society initiatives.