Human Rights Groups Call on Vietnam’s Government to ‘Stop the Crackdown’

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From L-R: Truong Minh Duc, Pastor Nguyen Trung Ton, Pham Van Troi, and Nguyen Bac Truyen.
From L-R: Truong Minh Duc, Pastor Nguyen Trung Ton, Pham Van Troi, and Nguyen Bac Truyen.

Vietnamese and international human rights groups called this week on the government of Vietnam to end what they called an “unprecedented crackdown” on peaceful political expression that has seen at least 25 activists and bloggers jailed or exiled so far this year.

Writing in an open letter dated Oct. 16, the coalition—including Vietnam-based rights organizations and groups like Reporters Without Borders based in Western countries—said the ongoing campaign of persecution “violates international law, damages Vietnam’s reputation abroad, and limits the country’s progress.”

The government of Vietnam, a one-party communist state, “has resorted to unsubstantiated national security charges (especially Articles 79 and 88 of the Vietnamese Penal Code) to justify repression of free expression, free information and peaceful advocacy,” the statement said.

“Vietnamese authorities continually resort to tactics of prosecution, arbitrary detention, abuse, and harassment to silence dissenting voices.”

Along with drawing attention to the plight of those sentenced or detained, the group says it aims “in a sustained campaign” to provide support to jailed activists and their families, and to push for diplomatic pressure on Hanoi “to ensure the release of all political prisoners.”

Other organizations signing the letter include the Bau Bi Tuong Than Association, the Brotherhood for Democracy, Chan Hung Nuoc Viet, Defend the Defenders, English PEN, Lawyers for Lawyers, Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada, the Viet Labor Movement, and Viet Tan.

Activist still missing

Meanwhile, Nguyen Bac Truyen, a member of the online Brotherhood for Democracy advocacy group, remains missing since his July 30 arrest in Vietnam in circumstances that his family members described as a “kidnapping.”

Group members also taken into custody were Protestant pastor Nguyen Trung Ton, 45, engineer Pham Van Troi, 45, and journalist Truong Minh Duc, 57, according to a statement on the website of Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security.

The four men were charged with “carrying out activities aimed at overthrowing the people’s administration” under Article 70 of Vietnam’s Penal Code and could face the death penalty if convicted.

Speaking to RFA’s Vietnamese Service on Oct. 17, Truyen’s wife Kim Phuong said she has received no news of her husband since his arrest.

“Every time I try to visit him, I leave some things for him to have, but I never know if he has received them. I also don’t know how he is doing, or whether he has been tortured,” she said.

“The Ministry of Public Security once told me that he was being held at the B14 Detention Center in Hanoi, but I have no way of know if they’re telling me the truth.”

Summoned by police

Also speaking to RFA, Danang-based activist Khuc Thua Son said he has been continuously summoned by authorities for questioning and must now report to police on Oct. 20  to “clarify issues” relating to an unspecified case.

“The summons was not clear, and I asked them for further explanation, but they haven’t responded,” he said.

“Because I wasn’t at home, they came to bother my parents, leaving them frightened and depressed.”  

Reported by RFA’s Vietnamese Service. Translated by Emily Peyman. Written in English by Richard Finney.

Comments (3)

Nguyen Van Dai

from usa

Communism is a good form of government that all countries around the world should follow and learn from it. Don't listen to anti Communism from idiot people who get paid by the communists

Nov 05, 2017 04:41 PM

Hate Communist

from ghet bac Ho

Communism is a terrible concept; dreamed up by a few social misfits and it even more impractical to practice it. It lefts out 2 most important items; they are 1/Faith 2/Personal gratification – greed! In a way, it doesn’t care for individual spiritual growth and earning. Hence, the word ‘Commu’nism! As if we haven’t experienced with Eutopia before! From time to time, the Eutopia stories ended in miserable failure. The truth is no one will work so others can lounge around and feed on ‘the fruits’ of their labor. From the get go, their leaders figured this out so it’s to gulags or firing squads for those that oppose it.
Thus; go ahead; arrested and then imprisoned us. We are stronger that way. The might is not in us, it’s in the people. I’m not lying. You have seen them; you do fear them for what they might and can do against your regime. Its voice is always soft and slow at first, but it’ll become a deafening roar in the end. It’s time to rise like our ancestors people. Let’s demand it.
Here we are in a little country of VN! Ole, pathetic, sly fox Ho brought this dreaded plague onto our people and country. Naturally, the people are opposing it then and now. VN doesn’t have a place for Communism because her people have rejected it. We oppose anything that isn’t godly, acts that don’t respect citizen rights, and failures to sustain country resources, economy, and borders.
It’s just a matter of time when your disgusted regime will fall. Your party will fall just as every regime in the past that ignores the voices of the people. It’s time to rise like our ancestors people. Let’s demand it.

Oct 18, 2017 01:07 PM


This just keep getting worse and worse. When will the Communist Party realize one day what they did to the people as well the impacts on economy and politics for once?

Oct 18, 2017 12:14 PM





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