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The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention of the United Nations request to release 3 activists: Doan Huy Chuong Nguyen Hoang Quoc Hung and Do Thi Minh Hanh




Announced the official views of the Task Force on Arbitrary Detention of the United Nations (The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention) in the case of Doan Huy Chuong Nguyen Hoang Quoc Hung and Ms. Do Thi Minh Hanh has been Vietnam's communist authorities arrested and illegally detained since February 2010 up to now shows that the International Community not to neglect for the violation of human rights of the Vietnamese communist government in the past. announcement No. 42/2012 of the above-mentioned UN organizations not only create more hope for the Struggle for Democracy and Human Rights in the country in the democratic process of the country, but also help expose the arguments and brazen act despite the law National Constitution and international law of the Vietnamese communist government now and in the past several years.

To legitimize their illegal repressive actions for dissident voices in the country, and excuse for trampling on human rights in a brutal and blatant government during the past years, Vietnam's communist authorities are citing national security reasons to abuse the thing about filled gaps in the Criminal Code be interpreted vaguely and arbitrarily to silence people and hinder the legitimate rights and fundamental freedoms and their legitimacy as Article 88 (Propaganda against the regime) Article 79 (Conspiracy to overthrow the government) or Article 258 (Taking advantage of the freedom the infringer to benefit Democratic State) ...... as well as the application of Article 89 unreasonably and arbitrarily in the case of Doan Huy Chuong Nguyen Hoang Quoc Hung and Do Thi Minh Hanh, as mentioned above.

Also the brazen argued, the Vietnamese communist state government also tried every way and every trick to force the people who were illegal detention must plead guilty aim to protection of their wrongdoing before the International including blatantly slanderous statement on the press, radio and television media agencies in the country that those arrested were sincere confession and for the State clemency .....!!! However, despite the communist government of Vietnam has hidden sin and deceive the people and the International Community ingenious more and more also can not be achieved as they want in the Global Internet boom phase this. International action to create more pressure on the Vietnamese government about the violation of their human rights in the current period very welcome. They not only empower the process of democratization country is more convenient, but also is a great encouragement to those who have and are contributing to the struggle for Democracy and Human Rights in Vietnam.


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Task Force on Arbitrary Detention required to release 3 activists

From left: Mr. Doan Huy Chuong Nguyen Hoang 
Quoc Hung and Ms. Do Thi Minh Hanh

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combination of a number of organizations and law offices, after more than 2 years of follow-up; dated 12/2/2013 past, Task Force on Arbitrary Detention of the United Nations (The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention) give notice of this case.

Release and indemnify

Last February 12, 2013, the Task Group on Arbitrary Detention of the United Nations issued a statement No. 42/2012, to present their views on the Vietnamese authorities arrested three people working trade union action for Nguyen Hoang Quoc Hung, Do Thi Minh Hanh and Doan Huy Chuong.

The statement of this point is the combined result of working for a long time among many different organizations: Labour, based in Poland, attorney offices Lam Chan Tho in Canada, and Organization Freedom Now the same with Mr. Woodley MacGillivary combination in the United States.

Free Viet Labor Federation, hereinafter referred to as Vietnamese Workers, is an organization that combines the free trade union organizations at home and abroad to fight for workers' rights, Vietnam; Vietnamese Workers include the organizations: Independent Trade Union, the Association of Solidarity farm, the local labor movement and Labor Protection Committee of Vietnam.

Mr. Tran Ngoc Thanh, overseas representatives of Vietnamese Workers tell us about the combination of this work are as follows:

"Free Viet Labor Federation, hereinafter referred to as Vietnamese Workers were closely associated with Lam Chan Tho lawyers in Canada and the Organization of American Freedom Now, gather all the records of Hung, Hanh, Chuong, as well as single family of 3.

Lawyers Lam Chan Tho as well as the law firm are very aggressive, so in a short period of time led to a result, the task force issued a resolution demanding the government to release and indemnify Hung, Hanh, Chuong.

We are glad to hear that the UN task forces detained unjustly made a resolution to request the release of Hung, Hanh, Chapter. I see this is an experience to fight for all prisoners of conscience in Vietnam. "

Contact with Lam Chan Tho lawyer, he said: When receiving a letter of authorization of three families Hung, Happiness, Chapter, he has started collecting documents and their submission to the UN August 17, 2011 with content condemns the arbitrary arrest of Vietnamese authorities.

Then, October 17, 2012, the UN passed to lawyers Tho the Hanoi objection letter dated 09.28.2012, the following contents:

"They say that the applicant is based on sources that are not accurate, these sources are not reliable because of the political climate. And they said that the Vietnamese government to respect human rights.

They said the charges against that people is fundamental. They say that these people are members of the secret party, they are stories of people abroad to overthrow, cause things disturbance in Vietnam; They flyers, incited the people at My Phong shoe company Vandal possessions, so that they must be treated in accordance with rule 89 of the penal code in 2009.

Two most important thing is that they say: they treat people in accordance with the laws of Vietnam, and they are treated in accordance with the criminal law of the law of Vietnam. A bit further I would say Working Group they noticed something and they will respond. "

Received letters of protest from the Vietnamese government, the task of the United Nations requires lawyer Tho research and feedback before November 23, 2012, ie the date that the United Nations 65 th meeting Human Rights issues.

They asked him to make the argument resisted Hanoi's reply so that they can continue to study this profile. November 9, 2012, Mr. Lam Chan Tho has sent a letter to the task force on Arbitrary Detention of the United Nations, he made the argument based on the law of Vietnam and the international to counter the following:

"According to the Criminal Code of Vietnam, they have detained a suspect from 45 to 90 days; 45 days if nothing important, and 90 days if the more important. In the case of three people, they held more than 300 days; without so not, they treated brutally, Do Thi Minh Hanh was beaten to deaf in one ear, and let them sleep next to the sick prisoners (HIV-in the words of the family) can spread to them.

At the same time we raised for The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention they note that: the Vietnamese government completely violate the treaty, the Declaration of Human Rights which they have signed, for example, they violate Article 7, Article 9 , 14, 19, 22 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and Article 8 of their political, economic and cultural. "

Last June 2012, the Confederation of Labour also has a meeting with the organization Freedom Now in Washington requirements intervention for Chuong , Hung, Hanh. December 14, 2012 Freedom Now, along with Mr. Woodley combination MacGillivary, they contacted the law offices Lam Chan Tho to accept record.

After days of waiting, finally, February 12, 2013, after considering all the factors Task Group on Arbitrary Detention of the United Nations has to publish their views on cases of arrests and detained three young people in union activities. The publication consists of 35 points, including the following highlights:

Vietnamese Communist government has unjustly imprisoned and tortured them, this release and indemnify

Member of the UN Task Force on Torture to investigate these three persons were tortured, beaten

Violations of International Human Rights Law


Portrait Do Thi Minh Hanh and Nguyen 
Hoang Quoc Hung of artist Tran Lan. 
Courtesy Painter Tran Lan.

Once again, the UN has officially rejected the government's argument Vietnam shows that these prisoners violates the law of Vietnam that the Vietnamese government has violated the International Human Rights Law.

Lam Chan Tho lawyers emphasize the following two points:

"The views of the United Nations Task Force on Arbitrary Detention said flatly like this: They say in the case of Nguyen Hoang Quoc Hung, Do Thi Minh Hanh and Doan Huy Chuong, the communist government has violated a blatantly 9, 10, 20, 21 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and Articles 9, 10, 14, 20, 25 of the treaty on civil and political rights to which Vietnam is a signatory.

The most important point that I see is that they emphasize: the right to assemble, the right to form trade unions, or the right to participate and the common good is protected under Articles 22 and 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, they emphasized about it.

And the second thing that we have noticed, the United Nations has this very well, section 29 said something like this: Not Vietnamese government said the criminals in accordance with Article 89 of the penal code that we have to silence, we have right to see the law that match the international standards or not. And detentions one can in accordance with Vietnamese laws or not, codes 89 or 88, let you use, but we have a duty to consider as a detention if it can be in accordance with international law or not? And how much his detention standards or not, correct the charter, the right of the treaty, the provisions of the UN Convention on Human Rights.

That's two things we found very convenient for future struggles to force the communist government to respect human rights. "

Despite optimistic comments published by the Task Group on Arbitrary Detention of the United Nations, but the lawyer Lam Chan Tho also stressed:

"The views or decisions of the Human Rights Council is not taking coercive but that those violating it get into group 2 and 3 of the violations of Human Rights, which the UN Task Force on Detention Arbitrary has right to research, monitoring and evaluation. It can cause a great pressure on the international stage. "

Doan Huy Chuong, Do Thi Minh Hanh and Nguyen Hoang Quoc Hung was arrested respectively on days 13, 23 and February 24, 2010 after helping the worker in My Phong shoe company in Tra Vinh demonstrating for their rights. Appellate court on 18/2/2011 keep Court of First Instance sentenced to 7 years in prison for Chuong and Hanh 9 years in prison for Hung as "disturbing the public order against the people's government".

It is currently being held in the second, the reduction in the 3 camps Thu Duc, Binh Thuan Province, Hung was detained in Xuan Loc, Dong Nai province. Ms. Ngoc Minh is Hanh's mother said the current status of three as follows:

"Hanh in prison, often sick, or hypoglycemia (blood pressure), or consciousness, it is also a lack of calcium arthritis. Ears it weakened, not heard, only one ear left . Generally your child's health is not very good.

Hung and Chuong, too, abused abused so much. Chuong has ever made  hunger-strike; paralyzed fingers. Hung is taciturn of few words, he is resilient, he suffered very well.

They seem to be afraid the family sadness; Hanh, too, every time I visited it scared families sad and worried sick, miserable she has little to say, she only message that is needed. Visits to family is also very limited talk because there accompanied by police.

Times before he political police told me that there are three criteria to reduce their conviction, the first experiment was to plead guilty. This criterion is not carried out, is keep the same judgment. And it disciplined skeptical because every criticism does not admit guilt because it's not guilt why has to accept. Everyone force she accept guilty of all. Chuong also was forced to accept the crime, he was threatened if not accept guilty, then let he die. "

Lam Chan Tho said attorney has provided the profile of `Chuong Hung Hanh for Senator Ngo Thanh Hai to transfer to the Parliament of Canada, as well as Ms Rep. Clark on behalf of 30 British MPs to submit to Parliament . Also Task Group on Arbitrary Detention of the United Nations also transfer this file to the Commission's investigation into torture UN.

The lawyer said the volunteer. Freedom Now said they would continue to monitor this record until these three young persons were freed.

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