Thứ Tư, 22 tháng 1, 2014


                            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 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. 


VIETNAM - Last Published: Tuesday 21 January 2014 - last modified Tuesday 21 January 2014

Vietnam ranks fifth in the world for detention of journalists

Ông Joel Simon, giám đốc điều hành Ủy ban Bảo vệ Nhà báo (CPJ /Jeremy Bigwood)
Ông Joel Simon, giám đốc điều hành Ủy ban Bảo vệ Nhà báo (CPJ /Jeremy Bigwood)


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. 



Human Rights VN 'seriously deteriorate' 

Update: 11:36 GMT - Tuesday, 21 ladder 1, 2014 
Phiên tòa xử Lê Quốc Quân
Lawyer Le Quoc Quan is one of the famous political prisoners in Vietnam.
Vietnam has exceeded the number of Burmese political prisoners and possibly top standing in Southeast regional, in this respect , Mr. Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director of Human Rights Watch Organization World ( HRW) said in a news conference.

The press conference took place in Bangkok yesterday 21/1 is to publish its annual report on the situation of Human Rights in 2013. 
The report said the human rights situation in Vietnam has 'serious deterioration' in 2013.

Prisoners and speech Freedom

Vietnam currently is having approximately 150 to 200 political prisoners, according to Human Rights Watch estimates. Of these, 63 persons sentenced in the hearing may be politically motivated, up from 40 people in 2012. 
As such, with the majority of political prisoners was released nearly empty by Burma in 2013, Vietnam may have raised to hold the top position in Southeast Asia in this respect, Mr Robertson told with International press. 
HRW's report condemns the courts in Vietnam 'has no independence and impartiality required by international law'. 
"When the Communist Party and the government have interests in the trial, is right themselves, that not the truth and the legislation just is the decisive factor verdict," the report wrote, " hearings are full of Procedure in contentious violations  to make a political verdict was decided from before ". 
"When the Communist Party and the government have interests in the trial, is right themselves that not the truth and the legislation just is the determining factor in the judgment."
HRW's report 
The report quoted the laws in the Criminal Code of Vietnam as Article 79, 87, 88, 89, 91 and 258 and even the tax- law was used to imprison people who advocate for political change. 
The case of lawyer Le Quoc Quan, was the authorities sentenced to 30 months in prison on charges of "tax evasion"  is given by HRW as an example. 
Regarding freedom of expression, the report adduced Decree No. 72 by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung issued prohibited individual pages to recapitulate information on network and the prosecuting of bloggers Truong Duy Nhat and Pham Viet Dao based on the law 258 as evidence that the government is to boost attacks on independent writers on the network. 

Assembly and Religion 

Freedom of assembly, Human Rights Watch condemned the Vietnamese government not allow to organize marches, concentrate or protesters that they consider as sign of the political and punish those who dared to resist. 
Example that HRW given is that the government intervention and harassment of human rights picnics in May in three major cities while participants only discuss the International Declaration on human rights and prevent not allow antagonistic characters as Huynh Ngoc Chen and Nguyen Hoang Duc go abroad. 
The government increased control religion, the report said, by using violent repression of religious groups outside the framework of the State's allocation of groups like the Cao Dai, Hoa Hao Buddhism, Christianity and Catholics in the highland, Buddhism Khmer Krom and Buddhist Church unified Vietnam. 
In addition, Human Rights Watch condemned the jailing 14 youths that most are Catholics and Protestants in Nghe An in earlier 2013, although these youths only 'perform fundamental freedoms'. 

Constitution and detention

New constitution by the National Assembly of Vietnam has just approved on 28/11 is Human Rights Watch commented that 'although there's commitment to human rights, but more serious loophole' and 'not ensure the protection and promotion fundamental freedoms'. 
Not only that, the Vietnamese government accused of violence in detention when they will have the news from official media and other sources about whether the police 'warranty, torture or even death detainees'. 
The report also raised the status on drug users, including children, in detention centers for drug addiction and was arrested 'forced labor'. 
"This detention without any legal authority oversees. Anyone discipline violated will be beaten and locked in isolation rooms where they do not have food and drink, "says the report. 
"Vietnam continues increasingly to go down on human rights," said Phil Robertson concluded. 
The charges of Human Rights Watch often dismissed by Vietnam , see it as "fabricated" or "slander". 


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