THE TRUTH - JUSTICE - LOVE
The whole world unanimously criticized the heavy sentence that Vietnam's communist government has ruled for Vietnamese dissident bloggers just because they have the right to freedom of expression and heart love their country peacefully. This was really to alert conscience of the world when people show their patriotism but to be crackdown and trampled harshly by government. We all know people's right to freedom of speech is not only defined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights of the United Nations, but also was the law and constitution of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam recognized and protected.
But through the heavy sentence for dissident bloggers in court Monday morning, 24 September, 2012 recently is showed that the communist government of Vietnam has gone against their commitments to international on human rights. As the identification of the organization Reporters Without Borders and Amnesty International, the trial of dissident bloggers today is a trial "shameful". The Vietnam's communist government through the shame court above not only demonstrates the disregard of international law, but also challenge the patience of the entire human race progress all over the world that today's expression the government of the United States, the European Community and the International Human Rights Organization is a powerful demonstration and specific.
To protect individual interests and maintain policies his autocratic dictatorial rule, the leaders of the Vietnamese Communist Party and government have come out of this violation to other violations and the situation is becoming more serious when mistakes continue to pile up errors leading to unruly actions today despite the law and the constitution, despite international law and human moral conscience. However there is one thing that the group leader Ba Dinh Hanoi can not be any doubt that is the extreme persistence and patriotism of the Vietnamese people are bigger than their minds. As severely suppressed, as being trampled rough, the patriotism of the people is growing stronger. The fear, indifferent to everything also thanks to the way the brutal dictatorship of the Vietnamese Communist Party and the government that seems to have completely disappeared. Vietnam more and more people see and understand the true nature of the so-called socialist Republic of Vietnam with civilized society and inhuman way to rule of a corrupt regime crushed worth spit and forgotten.
News / Vietnam
U.S. State Department spoke about the judgment of the three Vietnamese blogger
Blogger Ta Phong Tan, Dieu Cay and AnhbaSaigon
On Monday, the U.S. State Department said they were very interested in the judgment of 3 blogger Dieu Cay Nguyen Van Hai, Ta Phong Tan and Phan Thanh Hai.
Press release of the said punishment activists simply because they exercise free speech right is incompatible with the Convention on Civil and Political Rights, as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
In response to a 26-year prison sentence of blogger Dieu Cay, Ta Phong Tan and AnhbaSG
VOA interview wife of blogger Dieu Cay on a 12-year prison sentence for her husband
The statement continues, the verdict is the latest move in multiple dynamics of the Vietnamese authorities to restrict freedom of speech.
The statement called on the Vietnamese government to release three bloggers, and all prisoners of conscience, and immediately comply with international obligations.
The statement concluded, media freedom is essential to a just and open society. As Secretary Clinton has said, the protection of human rights is a necessary step for the development of bilateral relations closer and more mature.
Source: U.S. Department of State Website
EU demands release of three bloggers
Update: 17:13 GMT, Monday, September 24, 2012
Blogger Dieu Cay was sentenced to two years
six months previous prison for other crimes
Commissioner for External Relations of the European Union Catherine Ashton called for the release of the last three bloggers in Ho Chi Minh City court sentenced
Nguyen Van Hai (blogger Dieu Cay), Ta Phong Tan and Phan Thanh Hai (blogs as AnhBaSG) was sentenced to 12, 10 and 4 years in prison on charges of propaganda against the Socialist State, in accordance with Article 88 of the Penal Code .
The same day, the Office of the High Commissioner of Policy of the EU has issued a statement expressing "deep concern" about the harsh sentences for bloggers.
The statement of Ms. Ashton wrote that "the judgment in this case particularly heavy."
"The European Union recalls the basic rights of all people to express their views peacefully."
Ms. Ashton also "called on Vietnam to respect its international obligations and to release the blogger immediately."
Before that, soon after the trial ended in Ho Chi Minh City, Embassy of the United States had responded by press release request "Vietnamese Government must release blogger Dieu Cay, and Phan Thanh Hai and Ta Phong Tan ".
The U.S. also said: "The way the government handled Dieu Cay seems inconsistent with Vietnam's obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, as well as the terms of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights regarding freedom of speech and hearing in accordance with legal procedures. "
The case of Mr. Nguyen Van Hai has been U.S. President Barack Obama referred to as an activist for press freedom in Vietnam.
Mr. Nguyen Van Hai, that Dieu Cay, the most severe sentence of 12 years in prison. Ta Phong Tan, who was a police officer and then up blog for Justice and Truth, was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Phan Thanh Hai, the blog Anhbasaigon, received the lightest sentence of 4 years in prison.
Known both Mr. Nguyen Van Hai and Ta Phong Tan pleaded not guilty.
AFP, the only foreign media to witness the trial was scored his words Dieu Cay before the line was cut as follows:
"I was very disappointed because of the lack of justice, corruption and dictatorship do not represent the State, but only to some individuals."
[Commissioner Catherine Ashton] called on Vietnam to respect its international obligations and to release the blogger immediately. "
Announcement of the European Union
The central concept of the prosecution mainstream media in Vietnam reported as follows:
"According to the trial, the defendant's offense is particularly serious, continuous, extended, clearly expressed and has negative impacts on national security as well as the image of Vietnam Men in the international community., in which Nguyen Van Hai role of leader; Ta Phong Tan and Phan Thanh Hai is an active accomplice. "
With this 12-year sentence, plus two years and six months in prison for tax evasion in front of it, his total time in prison Customs the highest ever by the Vietnamese government for the world works democracy.
Tran Huynh Duy Thuc only with the judgment of 16 years in prison last month 1/2010 is more long-term projects.
Trials of Mr. Nguyen Van Hai, Ta Phong Tan and Phan Thanh Hai took place just a few hours Monday morning 24/9.
After prison term, all three bloggers will continue to be on probation for a period of 5 years for Mr. Nguyen Van Hai and three years for Ta Phong Tan and Phan Thanh Hai.
English> Current Affairs
International criticized Vietnam sentenced the bloggers
Quynh Chi, RFA reporter
Immediately after the hearing for three bloggers Free Journalists Club ended, the United States Embassy in Hanoi and the international organizations simultaneously condemn the judgment that they are too heavy.
Security forces before the People's Court of
Ho Chi Minh City 24.09.2012 morning, where
ongoing trial 3 blogger Dieu Cay, Ta Phong Tan
The trial takes place quickly, but public opinion for the judgment does not melt away quickly. The court session instance that Ho Chi Minh City People's Court to give three blogger Dieu Cay (Nguyen Van Hai, 60); Ta Phong Tan (34), AnhbaSG (LS Phan Thanh Hai, 43) respectively 12 years in prison, 10 years in prison and four years in prison. This is considered as one of the heavy sentences for the democratic character and bloggers. Talking with RFA after the trial ends, said Phil Robertson, deputy director for Asia of the organization Human Rights Watch (HRW - New York) called this the judgment "appalling":
"Obviously this is a terrible thing, it goes against the government's responsibility for human rights including freedom of speech. It specifies that Vietnam does not make the commitment to human rights standards International ".
At the hearing on September 24, blogger Dieu Cay and Ta Phong Tan did not getting the job done is a violation of law. Phil Robertson agreed with this statement; emphasizes that bloggers are treated too strict and the government should not have arrested these people because they are not guilty:
"If these bloggers do the same in the United States there will be no matter what happens. There will be people reading their blog or read their blog or critique ... there is nothing great. Government of Viet Nam said that what they write on the blog as national security threats, the way of thinking that is very paranoid. "
U.S. Embassy in Hanoi has a press release condemning the trial as soon as the judgment was made. But human rights organizations and the press organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF - Paris), Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ - New York), Amnesty International (AI - New York) as quickly Batch quickly criticized the judgment that the trial attracted the special attention of the international community.
Announcement of the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi to emphasize that what that Dieu Cay doing just simply express the views of peaceful citizens. Accordingly, this statement does not forget to call for Vietnam to implement the principles of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Declaration on Human Rights which Vietnam has passed.
Clearly, this is a terrible thing, it goes against the government's responsibility for human rights including freedom of speech.
The press release of the organization Reporters Without Borders, Amnesty International and reviews from New York court on Monday as "shameful", stressed that the judgment of the three members of the Journalists Club Self by "terrifying" and "unjust". Said Shawn Crispin, senior representatives of Asia of the Committee to Protect Journalists - CPJ that this judgment again send a strong message to the blogger from by:
"The judgment today, of course, is to send out a strong message to other bloggers. But the government has long sent out this message. As noted by our 14 imprisoned journalists Vietnam in which 13 people blogging ".
Trial of blogger Dieu Cay, Ta Phong Tan and AnhbaSG place after much delay. The three bloggers be punished according to Article 88 of the Vietnamese Penal Code - "propaganda against the State". The indictment said that from September 2007, the Free Journalists Club website has posted a total of 412 articles. The indictment also states that all articles of Ta Phong Tan (about 90 items) and LS Phan Thanh Hai (20 items) "have content against the State."
Blogger Dieu Cay at the Court of First Instance
morning 24/09/2012. Photo by Lan Nguyen Thang
At trial, the blogger Dieu Cay and Ta Phong Tan denies violating Vietnamese law, stressed that they only implement human rights. Sentence of 10 years in prison for the free pen although not the most severe penalties in the penalty can be up to 20 years in prison of Article 88 BLHSVN but it's enough to cause discontent for defense agencies area of human rights and democratic government. He Shawn Crispin emphasize:
"They place a heavy sentence shows the widespread crackdown on internet freedom issues. We strongly condemn the judgment and concern about the suppression of press freedom taking place in Vietnam.
Three cases this blogger to attract the attention of the world too much. President of the United States have voiced Dieu Cay. This shows that the ruling regime is scared and that this repressive actions against the policies of many nations. "
Liberal Journalists' Club is one of the pioneering sites in Vietnam in published articles are not subject to the management of the State and the CPV. In the past four years, the international community repeatedly voiced concern about the case of blogger Dieu Cay in particular and the state of press freedom in general in Vietnam. The international organizations have repeatedly requested the release of the blogger's club Journalists Freedom.
They place a heavy sentence shows the widespread crackdown on internet freedom issues. We strongly condemn the judgment and concern about the suppression of press freedom taking place in Vietnam.
Mr. Shawn Crispin
Charges of "propaganda against the State" and "attempting to overthrow the regime" (Article 88 and 79) are condemned by the international crimes most of the Vietnam Penal Code on the grounds that these are "fuzzy "and is used to suppress dissent.
Blogger Dieu Cay now 60 years old, is known as a founder of the Free Journalists Club. Prior to that, he was arrested for alleged "tax evasion" - a judgment has also been criticized very strongly. After prison term, all three bloggers will take 3-5 years of probation. In May this year, U.S. President Barack Obama has mentioned the name Dieu Cay in the World Press Freedom Day as an international case that should not be forgotten.
After the trial ended, many international organizations, including the United States Embassy in Hanoi are urged to release blogger, noted that Vietnam should implement their commitment to national sectors. Committee to Protect Journalists said the verdict is a further evidence on the "downside" of the government. Mr. Shawn Crispin said it would continue to monitor closely and called for international action for lack of press freedom in Vietnam.
According to the time line:
Suppress before the trial of three Bloggers
Many people were arrested before the trial of the bloggers
Bloggers Dieu Cay, Anh Ba Saigon and Ta Phong Tan was about to be brought to trial
LS Gerard Staberock: Hearing of Dieu Cay is a travesty of justice
Add three Human Rights organizations called for the release of three bloggers are going to court
DB Sanchez: 484 Resolution referring directly to Article 79 and 88 of the Penal Code of Vietnam
RW calling for the release of the bloggers are imprisoned
Police harassment of those who attended the seven week of Ms. Dang Thi Kim Lieng
Mother of journalist Ta Phong Tan died from self-immolation
Bloggers centralized in Saigon court
Trial accused of patriotism
Copyright © 1998-2011 Radio Free Asia. All rights reserved.
>>> Click here to view page in Vietnamese
>>> Click here to view bilingual page