THE TRUTH - JUSTICE - LOVE
Do Minh Tuyen
It's a shame for Vietnam, a nation always self-confirm as a jurisdictional State ... participated in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights ... has ever signed commitment in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights ... has ever served as a non-permanent member of the Security Council of the United Nations ... and most recently was elected to a seat in the Human Rights Council of the United Nations ... but the human rights record is extremely bad ... achievement fifth-ranked in the world for detention of journalists ... who's press activities, activities for advocating for Democratic Freedom and Human Rights in Vietnam.
No other words longer be able to justify the ongoing and serious violations on human rights in Vietnam. As a member of the International Human Rights body, a powerful organ of the United Nations with the responsibility of monitoring, advocating and protecting human rights everywhere and in every country in the world. However, Vietnam seems to go against all of its commitments to the international community on human rights ... as well as quick to forget the sacred responsibility of their noble when put on coat of UN human rights. Human rights of people in his country still do not respect ... then how can we believe that Vietnam will do its responsibilities well in the oversight and protection of human rights for people in other countries in the world ...?
The UN Human Rights office is not the place to take games ... and responsibilities of the members of the Human Rights Council of the United Nations nor the pastime ...be able to act according to his will or behave arbitrarily, wrongfully. Vietnam has now become a member of the Human Rights Council of the United Nations ... therefore can not forever continue to ignore public opinion, ignoring to all of allegations on his bad human rights record before International Community. The leader of Vietnam Communist state can not continue to trample on human rights ... while wearing the shirt of UN Human Rights. Vietnam does not have many choices ... if really wanted to integrate into the international community ... really want to have a voice and its role in the international arena ... then now, the leader of this communist country must quickly review and improve his worst human rights achievements ... must quickly to stop acts of human rights abuses and disregard international law ... by true goodwill through specific actions, including the release immediately and unconditionally all political prisoners, prisoners of conscience ... currently detained illegally in Communist Vietnam prison.
According to the 2013 report of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Vietnam among the top 10 national list of countries detained journalists just because they did journalists' work. Specifically, with 18 journalists in prison, Vietnam ranks 5th world and is one of only two countries in Southeast Asia to be named in the 2013 list, along with Thailand (1 jailed journalists ).
Won first place in the 2013 list are Turkey (40 journalists imprisoned), followed by Iran (35), China (32) and Eritrea (22). The Fifth standing, like that is «achievement» in Vietnam is higher than Syria, because this fierce civil war country was only the sixth standing, with 12 journalists are behind iron bars.
Out of 18 journalists imprisoned in Vietnam, CPJ mentioned first on case of blogger Dieu Cay / Nguyen Van Hai. In October 2008, Dieu Cay was sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison on charges of tax evasion, a crime which, according to human rights organizations is just an excuse to silence a blogger still has sharply criticized the Ha noi government . Once finish prison sentence, blogger Dieu Cay again sentenced 12 years in prison and 5 years probation on charges of 'propaganda against the state "in the trial in September 2012.
In the report, CPJ reiterated that last year, blogger Dieu Cay hunger strike from 23/06 to protest the prison management forced him to plead guilty. He only stops hunger strike on 27/07 after Procuracy promised investigation into his complaint about accusations of abuse in prison.
Addition blogger Dieu Cay, in the list of journalists who are being imprisoned in Vietnam, there're Nguyen Xuan Nghia , Tran Huynh Duy Thuc (Tran Dong Chan), Lu Van Bay (Viet Tran Bao), Dang Xuan Dieu, Ho Duc Hoa, Paulus Le Son, Nong Hung Anh, Nguyen Van Duyet, Ta Phong Tan, Dinh Dang Dinh, Le Thanh Tung, Nguyen Van Khuong (Hoang Khuong, Tuoi Tre), Pham Nguyen Thanh Binh, Le Quoc Quan, Truong Duy Nhat, Pham Viet Dao, Vo Thanh Tung (Duy Dong, Phap Luat newspaper Ho Chi Minh City).
As we see, the list of 18 people above, most of them are bloggers or Facebookers, but for CPJ, these persons worked as a journalist because they use the Internet to convey information or to comment on the situation country, in the context that Vietnam does not have private press, any press agencies are controlled by the State.
Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) reported figure of 18 journalists imprisoned in Vietnam in 2013 was higher than 2012 (14 journalists in prison), at the time that the Hanoi government repression increased to the independent bloggers.
As reported in CPJ's report, The Diplomat website noted that a number of countries in South East like Thailand, Cambodia and Malaysia also are dealing with the opposition forces increasingly powerful, but the suppression of the press in these countries do not make any sense than in Vietnam.