Freedom of expression

Vietnam: Free Prominent Novelist

Pham Chi Thanh Suffering Health Problems (New York) – The Vietnamese government should immediately release the dissident writer and novelist Pham Chi Thanh and drop all criminal charges against him, Human Rights Watch said today. Police arrested Thanh, 69, in May 2020 and charged him under article 117 of the penal code, which criminalizes possession or dissemination …

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Vietnam: Free Democracy Activist Mother, Sons

By Human Rights Watch Family Members Face Trial for Criticizing Government (New York) – The Vietnamese authorities should immediately release the democracy campaigner Can Thi Theu and her two sons and drop all charges against them, Human Rights Watch said today. Can Thi Theu and her younger son, Trinh Ba Tu, face trial on May …

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Lại một người nữa đã bị bắt

Nhà thơ Đồng Chuông Tử tức Nguyễn Quốc Huy By Đặng Quân   Chiều ngày 7 tháng Tư, ngoài chị Nguyễn Thúy Hạnh bị bắt tại Hà Nội thì trong miền Nam (1), nhà thơ người Chăm, Đồng Chuông Tử đã bị công an bắt tạm giam (2). Và hôm nay, ngày 10 tháng Tư, …

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Hiểu về kiểu chào bằng ba ngón tay từ Thái Lan đến Miến Điện

Hình trên: những người tham gia làm cử chỉ chào ba ngón tay trước khi bắt đầu cuộc “tập hợp chống lại độc tài” tại Bangkok vào ngày 12 tháng Giêng 2020. – Có khoảng mười ngàn dân Thái gia nhập cuộc “tập hợp chống lại độc tài” vào ngày Chủ Nhật, hô lên khẩu …

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Understanding the three-finger salute from Thailand to Myanmar

By Mark S. Cogan (from Thai Enquirer)   Participants gesture a three-finger salute at the start of a “run against dictatorship” in Bangkok on January 12, 2020. – Around ten thousand Thais joined a “run against dictatorship” on Sunday, shouting anti-army slogans and wielding three-finger salutes from the Hunger Games films in the largest show …

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The Vietnamese women who refuse to stay silent

By Grace Bui (From Asia Times)   As International Women’s Day nears, female activists in Vietnam are appealing for global attention to the persecution they often face   Just before midnight on October 6, 2020, police raided the boarding house of Pham Doan Trang, a prominent Vietnamese author, journalist, and human-rights activist. They arrested her under Article …

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Vietnam’s Prisoners of Conscience: ‘Like Fish Under the Blade’

Leading partners including the United States and European Union can and should do more to discourage Vietnam’s fierce crackdown on dissent.   By Judith Bergman from the Diplomat   “We are like fish under the blade, always ready to be arrested,” Vietnamese journalist and dissident Pham Chi Dung said in 2015. “Up until 2012, if you …

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Press briefing notes on Viet Nam

By OHCHR   Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:  Ravina Shamdasani Location: Geneva Date: 8 January 2021   On Tuesday, 5 January, three independent journalists in Viet Nam received severe sentences of between 11 and 15 years’ imprisonment after being found guilty of national security offences – a disturbing development that appears to …

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As National Congress Approaches, Vietnam Begins Trial of Dissident Journalists

Jitters are setting in as the Vietnamese Communist Party prepares for the country’s paramount political event.   By Sebastian Strangio of the Diplomat   In the year leading up to the Vietnamese Communist Party (VCP)’s quinquennial national congresses, it has long been common for the government to tighten up on dissidents as it seeks to forestall …

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